MATCH VERDICT: Two points dropped for Pinchbeck United

Corey Kingston puts Pinchbeck in front
Corey Kingston puts Pinchbeck in front
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It finished 10-a-side with one point each – but Pinchbeck United paid the price again for missed chances and mistakes.

Corey Kingston’s opener for the Knights came before two red cards.

Dylan Wilson’s double in a five-minute spell then put Rushden & Higham United in front – only for Liam Ogden to preserve the unbeaten home record since promotion.

Overall, though, this was a case of two points dropped for Pinchbeck who were left frustrated as the Lankies celebrated a draw.

After their first league defeat at Buckingham Town, the Knights should have hit back with a comfortable win – despite the absence of three key players.

Kingston had already been denied by keeper Kyle Swailes before he broke the deadlock with a close-range finish.

Rushden & Higham captain Aaron Cormack is sent off

Rushden & Higham captain Aaron Cormack is sent off

Four minutes later, Aaron Cormack’s challenge on Nick Bishop sparked pushing and shoving – notably when Tom Brooks knocked over Rushden & Higham’s captain.

Brooks and Cormack were both dismissed but Pinchbeck remained in control.

Jack Withers, Bishop and Ogden came close but Josh Smith wasted a golden chance as Kingston’s effort was only pushed out by Swailes three minutes before the break.

Ogden, Smith and Withers had more opportunities to extend the advantage – but it seemed to be only a question of when Pinchbeck would go further ahead.

Red card for Knights defender Tom Brooks

Red card for Knights defender Tom Brooks

Lewis Cox, signed on a work experience loan from Lincoln City, had little to do other than a routine save from Jamie Mastipiero.

Wayne Abbott somehow failed to convert a header just two yards out but Wilson hit the target twice as Rushden & Higham took a shock lead.

His angled drive beyond Cox was soon followed by a tap-in after a left-wing cross from substitute Nathaniel Aosnal-Taylor.

Pinchbeck responded as Ogden was fouled on the corner of the penalty box and his free-kick curled in.

Wilson’s hat-trick chance was kept out by Cox before Aosnal-Taylor fired across the face of the goal.

However, there was still time for Pinchbeck to miss more chances for a winner.

Chris Shipley nodded wide after Withers challenged for Ogden’s corner.

Shipley’s low drive was also held by Swailes as Rushden & Higham took a point which had seemed so unlikely for long periods.

Pinchbeck will need to do better by converting those chances instead of throwing away more points this term.

PINCHBECK UNITED

3-4-3: Cox 7; Brooks 4, Withers 7, Jack Smith 7; Gordon 6, Shipley 7, Bishop 7, Ogden 8; Josh Smith 6 (sub Panting 60 mins, 6), Dunn 7, Kingston 7 (sub Eyes 76 mins). Sub not used: Gardner.

RUSHDEN & HIGHAM UNITED

4-2-3-1: Swailes; Harrower, Abbott, Kelly (sub Reynolds 70 mins), Paterson (sub Aosnal-Taylor 20 mins); Cormack, Mastropiero; Keeneyside (sub Adebayo 60 mins), Carter, Hunt; Wilson. Subs not used: I’anson, Lord.

REFEREE

Bruce Stevens

GOALS

Kingston (22 mins, 1-0); Wilson (60 mins, 1-1); Wilson (65 mins, 1-2); Ogden (68 mins, 2-2).

SENDINGS-OFF

Brooks (violent conduct); Cormack (serious foul play).

BOOKING

Bishop (foul).

ATTENDANCE

47

STAR MAN

Liam Ogden – always looking to create chances from wide role or central position, rewarded with second-half equaliser.

ENTERTAINMENT

★★★

WHO’S NEXT

St Andrews (H) – Knockout Cup preliminary round, Saturday.