FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck heading in the right direction

Familiar foe: Pinchbeck's Tom Gosling battles for the ball against his former side Wisbech (photo by ALAN MILLER), while (below) Luke Enderwick celebrates a goal in Bourne's 3-1 win over Cottesmore (photo by TIM WILSON).

Familiar foe: Pinchbeck's Tom Gosling battles for the ball against his former side Wisbech (photo by ALAN MILLER), while (below) Luke Enderwick celebrates a goal in Bourne's 3-1 win over Cottesmore (photo by TIM WILSON).

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WISBECH TOWN 1 (Gale 65) PINCHBECK UNITED 0: PLUCKY Pinchbeck suffered their first pre-season defeat on Saturday – but player/boss Ian Dunn was encouraged with what he saw.

Ollie Gale’s second-half strike was enough to earn Wisbech a battling win at The Elgoods Fenland Stadium, with lower-graded United more than holding their own.

**Bourne v Cottesmore football, Abbey Lawns'Cottesmore second goal by no 9

**Bourne v Cottesmore football, Abbey Lawns'Cottesmore second goal by no 9

Having already held United Counties League duo Sleaford Town and Bourne Town in friendly fixtures, Dunn reckons his charges are on the right track.

He said: “I thought we probably deserved a draw. It was a good game and the lads defended really well and stuck to their task.

“Wisbech put a strong side out, but we had quite a few chances and were unlucky not to get a goal or two ourselves.

“It’s encouraging that we’ve performed so well against a side that are looking very strong.

“I thought every player worked extremely hard and played their part.

“To a man they were superb and they deserved something from the game for their efforts.”

Dunn gave himself a rest against one of his former clubs, with Mark Lovelace partnering Tom Gosling in attack.

Lovelace, who was a big player for Pinchbeck last season, has agreed a deal to stay at Knight Street for the forthcoming campaign.

The only goal of the game arrived 25 minutes from time, with Gale tapping home after an almighty scramble in the United box.

Wisbech boss Steve Appleby said: “We are starting to get there with the pre-season and I am very pleased with the way things are progressing.

“I was missing the likes of Paul Jones, Lewis Thompson and Anthony Reeve so we mixed in a few of the reserve lads and I thought we delivered another very good performance.”

Pinchbeck visit UCL Premier Division side Raunds Town tonight (7.45pm), before hosting Boston Town on Saturday (3pm).

The Boston game is part of Pinchbeck’s Sponsors Day, which will celebrate the launch of the recently refurbished club and bar facilities at the Glebe Field.

All four of the club’s teams will be in action, with the U/9s playing Pointon (1pm), the U/12s facing Bourne Town (1.45pm), the first team taking on Boston Town (3pm) and the Reserves squaring off against rivals Moulton Harrox Reserves (6.30pm).

There will be a a hog roast and bouncy castle, as well as a fully-licensed bar all day. Everyone is welcome to attend, as Pinchbeck bid to thank all of their sponsors for the forthcoming season.

• HOLBEACH United’s fixture at Shildon was postponed on Saturday.

Both teams were stuggling with injuries and boss John Chand was happy enough to see the game called off.

The Tigers are back in action against Hinton FC, the current Champions of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division, at Carter’s Park on Saturday (3pm). The previously scheduled game with Stotfold is off.

• DEEPING Rangers were 3-0 winners over Grantham Town last Thursday night, while Bourne Town beat Cottesmore 3-1 at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

Both are in action tonight too, with Deeping hosting Soham Town Rangers and the Wakes making the trip to Yaxley (both 7.45pm).

Spalding United are also facing Louth Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field tonight (7.45pm).