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Pinchbeck United host GNG Oadby in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup

Manager Lewis Thorogood insists the auditions are now over for the players in his Pinchbeck United squad.

The Knights boss has been using the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup campaign as a chance to run the rule over his squad ahead of next season.

Pinchbeck have suffered three successive losses in the Premier Division competition and have yet to score a goal in 270 minutes of cup action.

Knights boss Lewis Thorogood. (46685065)
Knights boss Lewis Thorogood. (46685065)

They play their final home game on Saturday when GNG Oadby are the visitors to the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

The cup campaign is then completed the following weekend with a trip to Lutterworth Town and Thorogood wants his charges to finish with a flourish.

He said: “This period of games has been an extension to pre-season and it is about looking at the players in a run of competitive matches.

“The lads have now had three competitive games on the bounce and I have seen everything that I need to see.

“The key for me now is ensuring that I am working with the lads that I want to move into next season with.

“The interview process is now done and we’ll be running for the next two games with fewer players and the strongest side that I have at my disposal which I want to move into next season with, barring any additions over the coming weeks.

“I shall be making very few changes unless needed so we can finish these group matches with some positive results.”

Visiting Oadby have collected six points from their opening three games as they bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at Rothwell Corinthians with 2-1 and 4-0 home wins over ON Chenecks and Lutterworth respectively.

Pinchbeck will go into Saturday’s home match on the back of a 4-0 away defeat at ON Chenecks at the weekend.

Thorogood added: “It was disappointing and it is getting very boring saying the same sort of things all the time, but these boys have got to realise now that the auditions and interviews are over.

“I’m not expecting everything to suddenly become wonderful and perfect but we must go into the next couple of games and look to get positive results with the core of players that I want to move into the summer with.

“I have seen enough now to know which players are ready to move into playing step five football regularly.”

Saturday’s match will again be played behind closed doors due to the current coronavirus guidelines.

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