FOOTBALL: Solid Pinchbeck lay down a marker

Knight Street Pinchbeck'Football action'Pinchbeck vs Moulton Harrox

Knight Street Pinchbeck'Football action'Pinchbeck vs Moulton Harrox

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PINCHBECK UNITED 2 (Gray 56, Dunn 70) MOULTON HARROX 0: DEFENCE was the best form of attack for Pinchbeck as they edged a tight derby at Knight Street on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Keith Gray and player/boss Ian Dunn settled the feisty contest, which was more memorable for the foggy conditions than the football.

Knight Street Pinchbeck'Football action'Pinchbeck vs Moulton Harrox

Knight Street Pinchbeck'Football action'Pinchbeck vs Moulton Harrox

Not that Pinchbeck will care – they’ve now gone close to 500 minutes without shipping a goal and are looking good for a title tilt.

Dunn, who was overseeing his first derby as United boss, isn’t getting too carried away just yet, though.

“It’s still only November, there’s a long way to go,” said the experienced striker. “Personally I felt Moulton had the better of the first half, but I knew that we’d get chances if we soaked up their pressure.

“There wasn’t much in the game, but we punished their errors and I’d say we just edged it.”

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Dunn himself went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a flicked header.

Shortly after that the fog descended and it was tough to see from one end to the other.

Although Moulton applied plenty of pressure, they never really fashioned a proper chance. And they fell behind just after the break when Gray turned home Dan Cole’s header, following a quick Matt Hocking free kick.

Dunn then sealed the points with a breakaway second.

Stewart England kept out his initial effort, but the player/boss kept his cool to smash home 20 minutes from time.