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Thorogood believes "there's areas of promise" for his youthful side

A new-look Pinchbeck United struggled in today's return to competitive action as they lost 3-0 to an impressive G.N.G Oadby side.

Despite all the tier restrictions that have come out recently, the Knights made the decision to return to football, but it didn't pay dividends this time with their new side.

It was a mostly youthful side mixed in with the ever-presents in the Pinchbeck team of Daniel Worthington and Ben Martin.

Manager of Pinchbeck Lewis Thorogood said: "I think, for me, we always knew we were going to have our first game of football in the league.

"It would have been nice to try and get a couple of friendlies in just to look at the players and get them gelling together and get that continuity and play going.

"There is areas of promise there, and I know that sounds stupid me saying that when we've just lost 3-0, but there truly is.

"It just says to me that we needed a couple of friendlies, or even a friendly just to be able to look at a starting 11 and then bulk it out, and look at players in different areas and positions.

"We've had to react today very much working on training only, in what has been very difficult weather conditions recently, and we haven't been able to do what we would have liked.

"There's areas of promise there, and it's a shame that we didn't get that consolation goal at the end that's come off the bar.

"We didn't work their keeper enough, we should have worked him more and created some more opportunities so that's disappointing.

"For me, it's important that we've got a basis we can work from, and we've got a group that wants to do well.

"We've got a group that wants to progress, they tried to play today but they youth element of it shone.

"When you start conceding a goal or two you start to see heads drop a little bit and shoulders come in and they start to force the ball and over-compensating sometimes and you could just see that starting to creep in towards the end of the first half, and when the second one went in it becomes a lot harder.

"Of course it's disappointing, I felt we could have potentially got something out of today's game with how we were setting ourselves up, but they've come and done a good job.

"Their number 11 was superb and a great out-ball for them, they were direct, they had a game-plan and they stuck to it and got the win.

"The risk you run when you set-up with a youthful side in the lower reaches of the table is what you saw today.

"Technically they've got the ability, there's no question, and the fight and the heart was there, but from my perspective you probably need that thread of experience to get you over the line.

"Jack Fixter, Archie Moyses and Harry Limb all have experience at this level and above.

"These boys have got to learn, and it's got to be quickly, but we've got to take the positives and go again quickly.

Limb made his debut for the Knights today after having stints at Boston, Burnley, Kings Lynn and having left from Stamford on a month-long loan started for the Knights and showed some glimmers of class throughout the game.

Thorogood said: "Harry Limb did well today and started ever so well at the start with a couple of moments of quality.

"He was trying to get off the shoulders of the defenders in the first half, you can see he's got the quality, he's got the fitness, but sometimes he was trying to over-compensate at times because of the ability he's got to offer.

"I thank Graham Drury for letting me have him to give him some game-time.

"He had a couple of chances early doors, but it's hard when you bring players together who haven't played together before.

"We have only had three training sessions, but it's no excuse, the fact is we've been beaten by the better team today who took their chances away today and you've got to live and learn from that."

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