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Pinchbeck United reserve team manager Tim Coomes commits for the 12th season

Pinchbeck United Reserves have appointed Fabio Vicente as their joint manager working alongside long-serving boss Tim Coomes for the coming campaign.

Vicente was assistant boss at the Knights last season while Coomes has committed to a 12th season at the Peterborough League Division One side.

Coomes said: "It has been a tough decision for me over the last few weeks as to whether I stay or go.

Pinchbeck United Reserves manager Tim Coomes. (47706624)
Pinchbeck United Reserves manager Tim Coomes. (47706624)

"I have recently moved away from the area and have had offers from other teams that are now a lot closer to where I am based.

"But, having spoken to the players, management team and first team boss Lewis Thorogood, it felt right for me to stay and carry on where we left off from last season.

“What happened last season with the pandemic took its toll on us.

"We started off very well by putting some good wins together but then injuries took place and we struggled to put out the same starting eleven each week.

"I have given Fabio a new role this season who will come in as joint manager alongside myself and Tom Elderkin who is the head coach.

"The three of us are a really tight team and I am very happy with where the club is going this season.

"I am looking forward to what the new 2021/22 season has in store for us in what looks like again will be a very tough competition in the Peterborough League Division One."

The Knights' second string will be joined in Division One next season by Deeping Rangers Reserves who have been elevated after a strong campaign last term.

Deeping United are also on the rise after being moved up into Division Three after being denied title triumphs in the past two campaigns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703322)
Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703322)

And Joint manager Ian Abbott is hoping his side can land some silverware in the current Peterborough Minor Cup competition to make up for missing out on championship glory since their formation in 2019.

Abbott said: "We have been robbed of trophies because of the pandemic.

"We would have won Division Five and probably Division Four as well because we were top of both on points-per-game.

"It is unfortunate but that does put a little bit of pressure on us because I feel that we need to win the Minor Cup competition to show what we have done in the last two years.

"It will be a bit of a disappointment if we don't win it after what we have done over the last two years.

"It has been hard work keeping decent players together at this level and that has been our hardest challenge so we need something to show for it and it would be fantastic to do that."

United's reserves have also been moved up to Division Four with the club forming an A team who will play in Division Five.

Crowland Town, Holbeach United Reserves, Long Sutton Athletic and Moulton Harrox will all remain in the Premier Division.

Peterborough North End and Parson Drove have been promoted to step six of the non-league pyramid which sees Oundle Town, Stamford Bels and Wittering Premiair promoted from Division One.

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