Club’s bold plans receive backing

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COUNCILLORS have welcomed bold plans from Pinchbeck United Football Club to expand and play at a higher level and will meet with bosses to discuss its dream.

In Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press we revealed the club has a four-year plan to get to the United Counties League Premier Division, the same league as Spalding United and Holbeach United.

Chairman Bruce Patterson has said he would like to develop the club’s Glebe Field home by adding floodlights, hard standing and a covered stand – with the pitch to be fenced off.

Parish council vice chairman Andrew Bowser is due to meet with the club next week and councillors have welcomed the club’s lofty ambitions – but said they will welcome the chance to explore the detail and what it will mean for the village.

Coun Chris Bettinson said: “It’s the very early stages but it can only be good for the village. There are not many good news stories about at the moment and I wish them all the best. It is going to take a lot of hard work.”

District councillor Sally Slade said: “I think anybody would want to see this.

“I would welcome a thriving football club. It would bring people into the village.”

Coun Slade said she would like to see the detail of the plans before commenting further but said the club’s increased profile could also be good for children in the village.

District and parish councillor James Avery said he was “surprised and pleased” to see the club’s ambitions spelled out on Tuesday.

He said the Glebe Field development would need to be discussed by councillors and added: “I think generally I couldn’t see anybody being negative about the club wanting to develop.”

The club says it has back up options should the Glebe Field development not prove possible and snapped up former league player Matt Hocking to spearhead their promotion bid.