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Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood has praised his players' commitment to the cause as the Knights target a second successive win on Saturday.

They host Deeping Rangers at the Sir Halley Stewart ground looking to build on last week's crucial victory over Selston.

The 2-1 away win moved Pinchbeck out of the danger zone in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners in their meeting with Pinchbeck United earlier this season. (53767715)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners in their meeting with Pinchbeck United earlier this season. (53767715)

And Thorogood felt the success was just reward for his players who have been united in their efforts during a tough run of results and fixtures.

He said: "The biggest thing for me in recent weeks is the character of the group wanting to stick together through everything that has happened.

"It would have been very easy for some of the bigger names in the squad to go elsewhere but they are not prepared to leave.

"Hopefully they can continue working their hearts out and put in the sort of performances like the one last weekend.

"It showed what we are capable of doing because it was a gritty, grinding out performance that was similar to what we had done against Heather St Johns earlier in the season."

The Knights will face a Deeping side this weekend who are on an indifferent run of form which has left them just six points above Pinchbeck in 13th place.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners in their meeting with Pinchbeck United earlier this season. (53767719)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners in their meeting with Pinchbeck United earlier this season. (53767719)

Manager Daniel French was encouraged by his side's display in their 1-0 home reversal against sixth-placed Heather St Johns on Saturday.

And he will be boosted by the return of skipper David Burton-Jones from suspension as well as Robbie Ellis being back from injury ahead of a crucial spell for the Clarets.

French said: "We have got Pinchbeck, Holbeach and Sleaford in our next three games and we have got to be looking at a good return of points.

"If we can get some good points across Christmas then it puts us into a totally different situation going into January.

"We have played a lot of hard games over the last six or seven weeks against the likes of Long Eaton, Gresley, Anstey, Loughborough and Heather.

"We have played five of the top six teams in the past two months so the next six or seven games look better for us on paper but we do need to pick it up a bit.

"There were a lot of positives from last Saturday although, at the end of the day, we did still lose the game.

"It was a totally different experience from the defeat the previous weekend though and there is a lot more to carry into this week."

The Clarets will be without loanee Joe Burgess for Saturday's match after he was recalled by Stamford.

Holbeach United play their first match under the management of new boss Danny Clifton when they host Skegness Town at Carter's Park.

Spalding United will be looking to bounce back from last week's home defeat against Yaxley when they travel to Loughborough Dynamo in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.



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