FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck must look to improve, says Dunn

Jay Mahoney celebrates his goal for AFC Stanground at Crowland on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson
Jay Mahoney celebrates his goal for AFC Stanground at Crowland on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson
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Player-manager Ian Dunn has told his Pinchbeck United squad that they should only be looking upwards.

Last season’s third-place finish in the Peterborough & District League Premier Division, coupled with lifting the President Premier Shield, could be viewed as a successful campaign.

But Dunn believes these are only foundations his side can build upon.

“We finished third and won a cup, but we want to go one step further this year,” he said.

“We finished just behind Whittlesey and they went up, so we want to try to win the division.”

Dunn is currently injured but he has brought in league hot-shot Ollie Maltby.

Crowland Town were 2-0 up at half-time but ended up losing 7-2

Crowland Town were 2-0 up at half-time but ended up losing 7-2

Maltby, who Dunn managed during his spell with Boston Town, has agreed to make the switch from defending champions Moulton Harrox, where he scored 42 times last season.

“We’ve brought in Ollie who was the top scorer last season,” Dunn added.

“I’m sure he’ll be scoring the goals again.

“But this year I feel we’ve got a stronger, bigger squad.

“We did well last year with a small squad, but now we’ve added to that.”

Tony Edwards’ late goal settled Saturday’s final friendly against Boston Saturday League Premier Division side Spilsby Town, taking Pinchbeck’s tally to 20 goals with seven wins and one draw in their warm-up matches.

That came without being able to select from what Dunn describes as his strongest squad.

One squad member unable to run out right now is the manager himself, awaiting an operation following ankle reconstruction.

Although frustrated he’s not able to pull his boots on, Dunn admits his time in the dug-out may well help his future managerial ambitions.

“The desire to score goals is still there, so I don’t want to give up playing yet,” he continued.

“But this is a chance to see the game differently. When you’ve got an assistant like Allan Ross you can feel confident about going out there, 
because of how he reads the game.

“But it’s a chance for me to concentrate on being a manager for a bit, and it will be good to see the game from the side for a change.”

Pinchbeck kick off their campaign at Netherton United on Saturday (2pm kick-off), one of the sides Dunn believes will also share title ambitions.

He continued: “I think Langtoft United have improved and they’ll be up there.

“The same goes for Netherton, Peterborough Sports Reserves and Moulton who are always there or thereabouts.”

Meanwhile, a bumper crowd of 244 saw AFC Stanground thump Crowland Town 7-2 at Snowden Fields on Saturday morning as part of the annual groundhop weekend.

Stanground were 2-0 down at half-time but cracked in seven unanswered goals in the second half.

RESULTS

FRIDAY

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Division One: Long Buckby 4 Whittlesey 1.

SATURDAY

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Division One: Rushden & Higham 2 Oakham 7.

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE

Premier Division: Crowland 2 AFC Stanground Sports 7, Thorney 3 Leverington Sports 4.

Division Three: Eye 3 FC Peterborough 0.

FRIENDLIES

Deeping 5 Blackstones 1, Holbeach 1 Stamford 2, Peterborough Northern Star 0 Spalding 7.

SUNDAY

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Division One: Bugbrooke St Michaels 2 Bourne 1.

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE

Premier Division: Sawtry 0 Stilton 2.

Division One: Wittering 5 Long Sutton 2.