FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck closing on title after huge win

Mine's a treble: Pinchbeck striker Tom Gosling slots in one of his three goals at Knight Street on Saturday. Photo: ROB CAMPION
Mine's a treble: Pinchbeck striker Tom Gosling slots in one of his three goals at Knight Street on Saturday. Photo: ROB CAMPION

PINCHBECK UNITED 10 (Gosling 3, Dunn 2, McDonnell 2, Marshall, Maddison, Butler) ALCONBURY 0: A PERFORMANCE of champions was the perfect way to start what promises to be a season-defining week for Pinchbeck.

Five days after netting the winner in the PFA Senior Cup final, Tom Gosling helped himself to a hat-trick as United mauled basement boys Alconbury at Knight Street on Saturday – putting themselves on the brink of a Peterborough League Premier Division title.

Player/boss Ian Dunn and midfield ace Jimmy McDonnell also bagged doubles, while Danny Maddison, Lee Marshal and Jonny Butler completed the rout.

If Pinchbeck can beat Coates Athletic on home soil tonight (Wednesday, 6.45pm), they will clinch the title with victory at second-placed King’s Cliffe United this Saturday.

Buoyant Dunn, whose brace made it 20 goals for the season, said: “The pressure is really on King’s Cliffe now, we’re in a great position.

“We achieved everything we wanted on Saturday. The aim was to win, and win well to boost our goal difference.

“With all due respect to Alconbury, we knew they wouldn’t be that strong. We need to stay focused and beat Coates now. If we can do that, one more win will be enough – and where better to do it than against our main title rivals on Saturday?”

While clearly delighted with his team’s showing, experienced striker Dunn also heaped praise on two of his key men on Saturday.

“I thought Tom Gosling was great,” added the former Holbeach United and Spalding United hitman. “His confidence is really high after scoring the winner in the cup final and he worked really hard too.

“It was nice to see Jimmy get a couple of goals too, his first two of the season. He’s a really important player for us and works incredibly hard.”

United’s rivals Moulton Harrox were in winning form too. Billy King (2), Ben Allen and Jeremy King notched in an 4-1 home success over Uppingham Town.

Pinchbeck: Drury, Wilson, Maddison, Marshall (Law), Hocking, Clay, Maltby, McDonnell, Woods (Gardner), Dunn (Butler), Gosling. Not used: Munton.