FOOTBALL: Second cup final date for Pinchbeck United

Celebrations after Pinchbeck took an early lead. Photos by Tim Wilson
Celebrations after Pinchbeck took an early lead. Photos by Tim Wilson
  • PFA Senior Cup semi-final - Pinchbeck United 2 Peterborough Sports Reserves 1

Pinchbeck United can focus fully on their championship challenge ahead of two cup finals at the end of this term.

They stayed on course for a trophy treble by booking their place in the PFA Senior Cup showpiece.

Ollie Maltby’s double at Knight Street on Saturday earned a 2-1 win over title rivals Peterborough Sports Reserves.

Pinchbeck will face ICA Sports in the final on Monday, May 15 (8pm kick-off) at the ABAX Stadium, home of Peterborough United.

They take on Netherton United in the ChromaSport & Trophies President Premier Shield final on Friday, May 12 (7.15pm) at Peterborough Northern Star’s ground.

Before then, Pinchbeck will make a final push for the Peterborough & District League Premier Division title – including a top-of-the-table showdown at Peterborough Sports Reserves on Tuesday, April 11.

Ollie Maltby missed this first-half chance

Ollie Maltby missed this first-half chance

Player-manager Ian Dunn said: “That game will be like another cup final because if we win there, it will be even tighter.

“To be honest, though, the semi-final last Saturday was not a great game.

“It was keenly contested and we made sure that we got over the line.

“The back three of Tom Brooks, Jack Smith and Chris Shipley were superb along with goalkeeper Ben Martin.

We can focus fully on the title race until the cup finals and try to pick up maximum points until the end of the season.

Ian Dunn

“Sports asked questions and we answered them until Gary Gibbs hit an absolute screamer into the top corner with two minutes to go.

“Ollie put us in front in the first few minutes and it was effectively all over when he made it 2-0 late in the second half.

“Their keeper made a few saves and on the balance of play we had more chances – including an open goal which Ollie missed!”

Pinchbeck are back home on Saturday (2pm) against AFC Stanground Sports.

He must score - but Ollie Maltby couldn't convert this time

He must score - but Ollie Maltby couldn't convert this time

Dunn added: “We can focus fully on the title race until the cup finals and try to pick up maximum points until the end of the season.

“I will be trying to make a couple of signings before the deadline on Friday to bolster the squad.

“There are a lot of games to go and we need to think about work commitments, injuries and tiredness.”

Ollie Maltby is congratulated on his opener

Ollie Maltby is congratulated on his opener

Ollie Maltby scores his first goal against Peterborough Sports Reserves

Ollie Maltby scores his first goal against Peterborough Sports Reserves