AMBITIOUS Pinchbeck United have announced details of a four-year plan to reach the United Counties League Premier Division – and have paraded the biggest signing in their history to spearhead the assault.
Former Sheffield United, Hull City, York City and Boston United defender Matty Hocking has joined the Knight Street revolution, claiming the club are “going places.”
That was backed up by Pinchbeck chairman Bruce Patterson, who exclusively confirmed to the Free Press that two major financial backers are prepared to bankroll the project – and cited Deeping Rangers as the blueprint they wish to follow.
Patterson hopes that Pinchbeck Parish Council will allow the club to develop their Glebe Field home, but admitted that they do have other options should their proposals be rejected.
United plan to install floodlights and fence off the pitch, while they will also be required to lay down hard standing and provide a covered spectating area to meet ground grading guidelines.
And they haven’t ruled out being in a position to win promotion at the end of THIS season.
Patterson said: “We want to go from the Peterborough League to the UCL Prem in four years. It’s an easy thing to say, but we’re committed to doing this.
“We’ve been stuck in the doldrums for years now and want to move on to bigger and better things.
“We have the team, we have the manager – all we need is the ground, and we have two backers who want to leave a legacy at the club.
“There are lots of ifs, buts and maybes. We want to work with the parish council and stay at home, but there are other sites we are looking at and we’re having plans drawn up.
“It’s easy to make this kind of statement and some people may laugh at us, but we’re serious.
“You only have to look at Deeping Rangers to know that it’s possible.”
Another man that believes in the plan is Hocking. He has over 200 Football League appearances under his belt, but is genuinely excited to be involved with Pinchbeck’s potential charge up the non-league ladder.
The 33-year-old defender trained with Boston United over the summer, but turned down a number of higher-graded sides to sign for his close friend and new player/boss Ian Dunn.
Hocking said: “This club is really going places and I want to be a part of that.
“I had options to sign for UCL clubs but this is where I want to be. There’s a great team spirit and the club is run as well as any non-league team.
“I’ve got no problem with dropping down a few levels, I’ve had success in the past but I still enjoy my football. The quality of the squad is very strong.”
Dunn added: “The experience he brings is invaluable and the players will only benefit from that.”
Pinchbeck’s league season gets under way on August 13 – but for now at least, all eyes will be on events off the field.
• Pinchbeck are hosting a Sponsors Day on Saturday, August 6 to celebrate 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.