FOOTBALL: Dunn’s double vision after historic Pinchbeck success

Historic moment: Pinchbeck skipper Matt Hocking lifts the PFA Senior Cup (above), before the entire team get in on the party. Photos by BEN DAVIS
Historic moment: Pinchbeck skipper Matt Hocking lifts the PFA Senior Cup (above), before the entire team get in on the party. Photos by BEN DAVIS
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NETHERTON UNITED 2 (Randall 12, Cullen 45) PINCHBECK UNITED 3 (Bishop 13, Gray 44, Gosling 85): BUZZING Ian Dunn is targeting a double after his Pinchbeck side won a first-ever PFA Senior Cup on Monday night.

A stunning late strike from super-sub Tom Gosling settled the five-goal London Road final, writing Dunn and his charges a lengthy chapter in the club’s history.

SPORT: PFA Senior Cup Final at London Road between Netherton and Pinchbeck. 'Pinchbeck celebrate the victory.

SPORT: PFA Senior Cup Final at London Road between Netherton and Pinchbeck. 'Pinchbeck celebrate the victory.

Nick Bishop’s freak goal and a disputed Keith Gray effort had earlier ensured that United came from a goal down to be level at 2-2 at half time.

Player/boss Dunn, who replaced himself with match-winner Gosling in the second half, admitted that winning his first piece of silverware was still sinking in.

But he conceded he was made up for his talented group of players and everybody that had made the dream possible.

He said: “I’m just delighted for everyone at the club. For the young lads, it’s great to see them so excited at winning a trophy.

“Dan Woods was unplayable and deservedly got man of the match, while Gozzy (Gosling) scored a superb winner. He’s had some deserved bad press in the past, but this was the best way to repay us.

“I’m equally made up for the likes of Pete Roberts, Bruce Patterson, Colin Clow, Tom Healey and John Lyon. It’s great to give something back to all of them.

“For me, the job isn’t done yet. I’m incredibly proud of our achievement, but I won’t celebrate until we win the league – that’s the big one.

“I’m obviously buzzing, but we need three more wins and we’re double champions. Then I’ll celebrate.”

Having lost the Lincs Junior Cup final two weeks beforehand, Pinchbeck could have been forgiven for getting the jitters when Tom Randall slotted Peterborough and District Premier League rivals Netherton ahead on 12 minutes.

But they delivered the perfect response, with a hopeful Bishop through ball bouncing over an embarrassed Ben Carter and into the net.

This settled Pinchbeck down, with Gray rattling the bar and Dunn forcing a smart save from Carter, before they went ahead for the first time.

With the city side appealing for offside, the energetic Gray raced clear to reach a Woods pass and slot a deserved second.

However, parity was restored instantly once again as Ben Cullen notched to make it 2-2 at the interval.

It was all Pinchbeck after the break and they finally got their reward five minutes from time, Gosling finishing with finesse in front of the 400-strong crowd to spark wild celebrations.

Dunn’s attention now turns to a crucial three-game week, which sees his side host basement boys Alconbury on Saturday (3pm) and Coates Athletic on Wednesday (6.45pm), before a potential title shoot-out with second-placed King’s Cliffe on Saturday week.

Should they win all three matches, Pinchbeck will be Premier Division champions – regardless of what King’s Cliffe or anybody else do.

Pinchbeck: Drury, Wilson, Maddison, Marshall, Hocking, Clay, Bishop, Maltby (Langford), Woods, Dunn (Gosling), Gray. Not used: McDonnell, Law, Roberts.