FOOTBALL: Harrox raid rivals for skipper Bobby

Exit: Bobby Patterson, pictured battling with Wisbech's Liam Nimmo in pre-season, has left Pinchbeck for Moulton Harrox. Photo by ALAN MILLER
Exit: Bobby Patterson, pictured battling with Wisbech's Liam Nimmo in pre-season, has left Pinchbeck for Moulton Harrox. Photo by ALAN MILLER
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BOBBY Patterson has dropped a transfer bombshell by quitting Pinchbeck United for rivals Moulton Harrox.

The ex-Pinchbeck captain has decided to cross the South Holland divide again after being benched for last Saturday’s Peterborough Premier Division opener against King’s Cliffe.

Promotion-chasing United have also lost the services of Mark Lovelace, who will instead play for his local side Freiston.

Pinchbeck player/boss Ian Dunn, who expects to lose left back Luke Gardner to Harrox too, is less than happy with the departures.

He said: “I’m disappointed to lose Bobby, but not surprised. I don’t think his head has been right for a while.

“I left him out on Saturday because he’s not fit – and when Bobby’s not fit, he doesn’t play like he can.

“He was still a big part of my plans, but he wants to go and we’ve waived Moulton’s seven day approach.

“I was a little more surprised about Mark, but he doesn’t want to travel each week and we have to accept that. As for Luke, he seems to want to go to Moulton but hasn’t told me about it. I don’t think he’ll play for us again.”

Dunn does welcome back Matt Hocking, Tom Gosling, Johnny Clay and Andy Law for Saturday’s Knight Street derby with Deeping Sports (3pm).

It’ll be the experienced striker’s first competitive game as player/boss, having missed last weekend’s 2-1 loss to King’s Cliffe.

And he’s hoping that his squad have been given a timely wake-up call.

Dunn added: “Last season we started well and everyone thought we’d be champions. Maybe this time we’ll start slowly and get better.

“I think it could be a blessing in disguise that we lost. There’s a long way to go and I can’t wait to get started.”