FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck given the cold shoulder

Snow joke: Pinchbeck United braved the cold to train on Saturday. Photo supplied

Snow joke: Pinchbeck United braved the cold to train on Saturday. Photo supplied

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TEMPERATURES plummeted to as low as -16C over the weekend... but that didn’t stop Pinchbeck United from training.

Ian Dunn’s side, who saw their Lincs Junior Cup semi-final clash at Market Rasen called off on Saturday, braved the snow to make the four-mile round-trip from their Knight Street base to the Castle Sports Complex on foot.

With the club unable to train last week, the run and five-a-side football session kept 13 members of the treble-chasing squad on their toes.

Player/boss Dunn said: “You might think we’re mad, but the lads seemed to really enjoy it. We jogged to the Castle, played some five-a-side, then jogged back.

“The club put a bit of food on for us afterwards and we all watched the football back there. With us not being able to train last week, it was important that we did something.

“The Lincs Cup takes priority over other fixtures on the list, so I presume that we’ll be travelling to Rasen this weekend with the weather getting better.”

Dunn was also tight-lipped on Pinchbeck’s plans to play in the United Counties League.

A long with Rushden and Diamonds and Harrowby United, the Knight Street outfit have officially applied to be a member of the UCL next season.

Ambitious chairman Bruce Patterson unveiled plans for the club to climb the non-league ladder at the start of the campaign. But, should they be in a position to be promoted from the Peterborough and District League at the end of this season, Dunn is unsure what will happen.

He added: “I’m just focusing on winning games, that’s my job.

Obviously there are rumours about what we’ll do next season – but I’ve not really got the answers.

“It all depends on what we’re allowed to do to our ground, but it’s not really got anything to do with me.”