FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck ready for start of semi spree

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PINCHBECK United’s treble bid gathers pace this Saturday as they visit Market Rasen in the Lincs Junior Cup semi-final (1.30pm).

Ian Dunn’s side, who are title favourites in the Peterborough Premier Division, also face Eye Sports in the PFA Cup last four on Saturday week.

United go into Saturday’s county clash with a spree of selection problems. Keith Gray, Robbie Relf, Tom Roberts and Dunn are all injury doubts, while Danny Maddison and Jonny Butler are cup tied.

But Dunn is still confident of booking a final date with either Beehive or Horncastle.

The player/boss said: “We’ve had them watched twice – and both people have said we should have enough to beat them.

“I’m confident in our ability, but we can’t afford to just turn up and expect to win.

“I don’t think the lads will do that though, we’re much improved from last year and the attitude feels different in the camp.”

Dunn’s mood has also been improved by the league’s decision to hand them a league fixture against Crowland on February 18.

Pinchbeck were due to face Netherton on that date, but the city side have bizarrely been given permission to miss the match due to a stag do.

United will also face Ramsey Town in a pair of midweek clashes in March as they bid to catch up on some fixtures.

Dunn added: “I’m glad the league have seen sense and sorted this out. It’s important we don’t get too far behind in league fixtures.”