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Pinchbeck United host Boston Town in United Counties League Premier Division North derby

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Derby honours will be at stake when Pinchbeck United host Boston Town on Saturday in an eagerly-anticipated United Counties League Premier Division North clash.

The match will pit a number of players who have represented both clubs against each other at the Sir Halley Stewart ground (kick-off 3pm).

Current Knights players Nick Jackson, Harrison Holland, Pat Kacirek, Zane Millar and Neal Spafford have all previously played for the Poachers who have the ex-Pinchbeck quartet of Fraser Bayliss, Lee Beeson, Harry Limb and goalkeeper Ross Woolley in their ranks.

Pat Kacirek has recently returned to Pinchbeck from Saturday's visitors Boston Town. (53167457)
Pat Kacirek has recently returned to Pinchbeck from Saturday's visitors Boston Town. (53167457)

The two teams will go into the derby duel on the back of a contrasting run of results as fifth-placed Boston have lost just twice this term while Pinchbeck have been beaten in their last seven league outings.

Boss Lewis Thorogood said: “It's probably the wrong game for us in one respect because full credit to Boston as they are absolutely flying at the moment.

"They have only lost two games all season and have either beaten or come very close to getting something from their matches against the top teams.

"It's going to be a very difficult game. There's no getting away from that but in this league there really isn't many easy games.

"Recent results have shown that it doesn't matter if you're 18th in the table or first because no-one has the God given right just to go and win games.

"I'm excited about the game because it's a local derby and there's a lot of links between the two clubs in terms of players.

"But ultimately I'm not here to get excited about derby games because we have got to try and get a result out it to put us in good stead to go to Quorn next weekend.”

Holbeach United also have a match against county rivals this weekend as they travel to face Sleaford Town.

The Tigers are currently bottom of the table, without a league win this season and having failed to net in their last 10 Premier Division North games.

They have boosted their playing ranks this week by signing Ricki Goodale and Callum Madigan from Peterborough Northern Star.

Jack Eldridge - who had been on loan at the Peterborough club from Yaxley - has also switched his United Counties League registration to Holbeach following Northern Star's decision to withdraw from the league this week.

They will visit a Sleaford side who have improved their form recently, having won three of their last four matches.

Gregg Smith (53186250)
Gregg Smith (53186250)

Caretaker manager Bruno Porfirio will take charge of Spalding for their trip to Coleshill following the resignation of manager Gabriel Zakuani this week.

The Tulips be aiming for an upturn in their results at their play-off chasing hosts in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

The Tulips have picked up just a point from their last four league games and haven’t scored in the Midlands Division since their 4-3 home win over Soham in the middle of last month.

Striker Gregg Smith has joined home-town club Grantham on loan after missing the last two games due to suspension.

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