FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck see title hopes hit

Heads we lose: Pinchbeck battle to clear a Coates attack, while (below) Mark Lovelace is closely watched. Photos by NIKKI GRIFFIN.
Heads we lose: Pinchbeck battle to clear a Coates attack, while (below) Mark Lovelace is closely watched. Photos by NIKKI GRIFFIN.

PINCHBECK United’s hopes of landing the Peterborough Premier Division title suffered a big blow on Saturday.

Pete Roberts’ side slipped to a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Coates Athletic, leaving them 11 points behind leaders Uppingham Town with four games in hand.

Mark Newton struck the only goal at rain-drenched Knight Street.

It all means that, although their championship tilt is still in their own hands, Pinchbeck must now win all of their games in hand to move back to the summit.

They are also being caught by perennial rivals Moulton Harrox, who won well at Broad Lane.

They saw off Whittlesey United 4-2 thanks to goals from Joe Townsend (2), Nigel Steadman and Sam Munton.

Martyn Cundy’s charges are now just three points behind Pinchbeck, although they have played two matches more. But with the duo yet to meet this season, South Holland bragging rights are still there for the taking.

In Division One, Langtoft United dispatched Long Sutton Athletic 3-1 to return the the summit.

Ashley Phillips, Chris Joiner and William Ponsford sent them a point clear of King’s Cliffe United, who saw their game called off.

Not too many fixtures beat the weather down the divisions, but Deeping Sports Reserves and Long Sutton Reserves battled out a five-goal thriller in Combination Division One.

Aaron Fitch was unlucky to be on the losing side with a brace for Sutton, but Aidan Finn, Liam Buttery and Matthew Farrington struck to secure Sports all three points at London Road.