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ONE of South Holland’s fiercest rivalries is reignited this weekend as Pinchbeck United visit Moulton Harrox.

Saturday’s derby at Moulton’s Broad Lane (2pm) is the second between the two in Peterborough Premier League this season, with United winning the reverse 2-0.

Pinchbeck, who have applied for promotion to the United Counties League at the end of the season, come into the match 12 points better of than their perennial rivals and with two cup semi-finals on the horizon.

They are only two points behind leaders King’s Cliffe with four games in hand too. But while player/boss Ian Dunn admits his side are well placed, he admits Moulton will be a tough challenge.

“I think a few of the lads were a bit rattled by Moulton’s physical tactics last time,” said Dunn, who has a strong squad to choose from. “We’ll know what to expect this time, though.

“It’s a derby, but I suppose it’s just another game. The league table looks good on paper, but one bad run and all that changes.

“We want to get promoted and we want to do it in style, so winning games like this is very important to us.

“The last derby wasn’t the greatest spectacle, but it was a game I couldn’t see them scoring in. Hopefully that will continue.”

Pinchbeck are only missing Dan Cole through injury and have an otherwise full squad to chose from.

Moulton haven’t won in the league since a 4-3 victory over Parson Drove on November 12.

• Pinchbeck are providing a bus service for fans to visit their Lincs Cup semi-final on February 4, leaving at 11am. Call Bruce Patterson on 07931 963513 to register your interest.