LOCAL FOOTBALL: Top team performance enough for a fine point

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Spalding Sunday League side Fenway are pictured in their new strip, which was kindly sponsored by the owner of the Cowbit Road pub Pete Carrigan. This year the team are managed by player/bosses Dave Endersbee and Scott Phillips. Back (from left) ' James Kingston, Dave Endersbee, Gavin Bailey, Ant Murphy, Scott Burrell, Freddie Lambert, David Amaral; front ' Tom Cherry, Josh McGuire, Scott Phillips, Joel Newton, Matt Canon and Dan Kirby. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220913-121TW
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Spalding Sunday League side Fenway are pictured in their new strip, which was kindly sponsored by the owner of the Cowbit Road pub Pete Carrigan. This year the team are managed by player/bosses Dave Endersbee and Scott Phillips. Back (from left) ' James Kingston, Dave Endersbee, Gavin Bailey, Ant Murphy, Scott Burrell, Freddie Lambert, David Amaral; front ' Tom Cherry, Josh McGuire, Scott Phillips, Joel Newton, Matt Canon and Dan Kirby. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220913-121TW
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An unfortunate deflection denied Pinchbeck United a notable ChromaSport Peterborough Premier Division scalp as they held Whittlesey United to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Just three weeks ago Pinchbeck suffered their worst defeat of the season in the reverse fixture, as Whittlesey romped to a 4-0 win.

It was a different story at Knight Street though, as the hosts produced their best team performance of the season to date.

After a goalless first period that saw Leigh Boekestyn and Ash Coddington go close, Pinchbeck went ahead early in the second half when Jonny Butler won and converted a penalty.

Ten minutes later a hopeful strike deflected in off the unlucky Liam Harrison to haul Whittlesey level.

Dave Kilby then missed an open goal for the visitors, before Butler somehow failed to convert a delightful cross from man-of-the-match Luke Gardner when the goal was gaping.

Pinchbeck joint-boss Gary Coomes said: “It was a strange feeling after the game as I was hugely proud of our players for turning a four-nil hammering into a game that we should really have won.

“I’m proud that we can take players like Leigh Boekestyn from our reserve side and throw them in at the deep end – and that they do exactly as we ask. We sent the guys out with a game plan and, apart from a lucky deflection and some average finishing, we would have taken three points from a decent side.”

Pinchbeck: Dawson, Eyett, Liam Harrison, Coddington, Gardner, Gedney (Dickinson 80), Roberts, Luke Harrison, Boekestyn, Moore, Butler. Not used: Scupham, Clare, Taylor.

• Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Crowland Town picked up an impressive 4-2 home victory over Oakham United at Snowden Field.

Stephen Wells fired a brace for the hosts, with Matt Barnett and Oliver Hunford completing the scoring.

Michael Nelson and Robbie Dance replied for Oakham, but Crowland held firm to climb into the top ten.

Deeping Rangers Reserves put in an admirable performance at leaders King’s Lynn Town Reserves, but eventually sucumbed 1-0 at The Walks.

The only goal came from Shaun Stocker five minutes before half time.

Deeping’s loss leaves them one point ahead of Crowland in ninth place.

Champions Moulton Harrox remain our highest placed team in the top flight. They picked up a 2-0 win at Leverington Sports to go sixth, some 12 points off top spot.

This Saturday sees Deeping host Netherton United in the President Premier Shield, while Crowland welcome Riverside in the same competition (both 1.30pm). Pinchbeck and Moulton are both on the road in the Premier Division, at Whittlesey Blue Star and Sawtry respectively (2pm).