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Pinchbeck United host Wisbech Town in the United Counties League Premier Division North



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Manager Lewis Thorogood wants his Pinchbeck United side to focus on their own strengths ahead of their first derby duel of the United Counties League season.

The Knights welcome Wisbech Town to the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Wednesday night (7.45pm) for the second match of their Premier Division North campaign.

They were beaten 2-0 at home by a much-fancied Loughborough Students side in their first match at the weekend while Wisbech marked their return to step five with a 1-0 home win over AFC Mansfield.

Manager Lewis Thorogood and assistant Mark Melson. (58404488)
Manager Lewis Thorogood and assistant Mark Melson. (58404488)

The Fenmen are now managed by former Spalding United striker Leon Mettam who came off the substitutes' bench to net the winning goal to set up an intriguing clash with the Knights.

Thorogood said: "I love a local derby under lights. It's going to be nice weather and hopefully we'll get a decent crowd so it's certainly something to look forward to.

"I want us to go out there and give a good account of ourselves to get a positive result which is key because the games are coming thick and fast.

"We just have to focus on what we're going to do rather than the opposition.

"We probably spent too much time last season being more worried about the opposition than actually what we're going to do.

"We will focus on our job in hand. We've looked at Saturday's game and areas that we want to improve on."

The Knights will welcome back the experienced duo of Dan Worthington and Neal Spafford who missed Saturday's win while striker Avelino Vieira will face a late fitness check against his former club after coming off in the first half of Saturday's match with a calf injury.

A goal on the stroke of half-time was followed by a second strike after the break as the Knights went down to a dominant Loughborough side.

Thorogood added: "I can't ever turn around and say that we're pleased to have lost our first home game but it was such a tough start.

"I think there will be many teams who Loughborough play against this season where they will knock five or six goals in.

"It will be a completely different type of game on Wednesday. It won't be as quick or fluid passing which will probably suit us.

"We will take the positives from Saturday and go again on Wednesday."



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