FOOTBALL: Ollie’s boost for Pinchbeck United

Ben Martin
Ben Martin

Prolific striker Ollie Maltby is staying at Pinchbeck United after turning down an offer from a higher level.

The 24-year-old’s decision is a big boost for the Knights following promotion into the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Division One.

Ricky Lovelace

Ricky Lovelace

He scored 62 times in 37 appearances last term after 42 goals for Moulton Harrox in the previous campaign.

Pinchbeck player-boss Ian Dunn said: “I always thought he would stay here.

“He has recently moved to Grantham and he works as a teacher so it suits him to stay with us instead of travelling 
to play for St Ives Town in the Southern League.

“We’re very pleased that all of last season’s squad have agreed to stay.

We’re very pleased that all of last season’s squad have agreed to stay.

Ian Dunn

“We’re looking at a squad of 18 and we might be able to bring in one or two more.

“But we need to add the right player, not just signing to make up the numbers.”

Pinchbeck have already added three new signings – Langtoft United striker Corey Kingston, Netherton United captain Herbie Panting and former Holbeach United goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace.

After three appearances for Pinchbeck last season, Lovelace has recovered from a knee injury.

Dunn added: “He’s never had a proper chance at this level but we know he’s a good keeper.

“He will come in as our number one, although we’ll retain the registration for Ben Martin when required.

“He did well for us last season but he’s moving to Oxford because of his work so it would be difficult for him travelling back to every game.”

Pinchbeck’s pre-season training programme starts on Saturday.