FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck bounce back from final loss

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PINCHBECK UNITED 3 (Clay, Woods, Dunn) NETHERTON UNITED 0: RESILIENT Pinchbeck bounced back to winning ways in impressive style at Knight Street on Saturday.

Having lost the Lincs Junior Cup final three days earlier (see below), the Peterborough and District Premier Division leaders enhanced their title credentials emphatically at the expense of Netherton – in what was a dress rehearsal for Monday’s PFA Cup final.

Jonny Clay nodded Pinchbeck ahead from a corner, before Dan Woods curled home number two. Player/boss Ian Dunn then wrapped up the points with a clinical third, ensuring his side remain three points clear at the top.

Dunn said: “We showed an awful lot of character. If we’d have played like this in the final, we’d have won.

“I know they like to play their football, but we never let them settle on the ball and played the conditions better than them.

“It was just the response I was looking for really and it’s still looking healthy for us at the top. With so few games to go, each win brings us closer to the title.”

Pinchbeck are back in action tonight, with Crowland Town making the short trip to Knight Street (6.30pm), while Moulton Harrox host their chief title rivals Eye Sports.

• PINCHBECK suffered heartbreak in the final of the Lincs Junior Cup last Wednesday night, losing 2-1 to Beehive United.

Having gone ahead through Keith Gray inside two minutes at Boston United’s Jakemans Stadium, Pinchbeck seized control and were inches away from a 2-0 half-time lead when Ian Dunn’s header came back off the bar.

But physical Beehive battled back in the second period and levelled ten minutes from time when Jonny Clay put through his own net, before a stunning winner in the dying seconds sealed their success.

Player/boss Dunn said: “I think they just wanted it more. They grafted and battled – and in the end there was only really going to be one winner.

“They showed us how you should play in a cup final. We are a better side then them, but they deserved to win.

“It would have been different if we’d gone 2-0 up, but once they equalised our heads seemed to drop.”