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Poor season so far for Pinchbeck




It has been a season of woe for Pinchbeck United who currently sit second from bottom in the Uhlsport United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division after picking up only two points all season, with the club now on their third man in charge.

First team coach Alfie Tate was in caretaker charge of the Knights at the start of the season when he made history as the youngest-ever FA Cup manager, at the age of 20, as his side were beaten 4-0 at home to St Neots Town.

Tom Crozier was then appointed manager for five games before he was replaced by ex-Spalding United boss Lewis Thorogood last month.

Pinchbeck United first team coach Alfie Tate became the youngest manager in FA Cup history.
Pinchbeck United first team coach Alfie Tate became the youngest manager in FA Cup history.

Since taking the reigns, Thorogood has engineered a vast change in personnel, with eight new signings already being announced.

Archie Moyses, Dan Moulds, Josh Birkitt, Kelvyn Brookes, Joe Melson, Ollie Jepson, Jack Wood and James Waby have all joined Thorogood as he looks to put his stamp on the side.

Pinchbeck’s only points of the season came after draws against Peterborough Northern Star, who sit bottom of the league, and Lutterworth Town, one of the surprise packages of the season so far in third place.

Pinchbeck United were beaten 6-0 at home by Rugby in the first league game of the season.
Pinchbeck United were beaten 6-0 at home by Rugby in the first league game of the season.

Thorogood said: “Having only been here two games, it was clear to me that there needed to be some changes.

“Thankfully, with the lockdown, I’ve had the chance to improve the squad, although I’ll be retaining eight or nine players from the current team who are certainly good enough for us.

“I feel as if there was a huge turnover of players, originally, and this same groups of players weren’t training together, but still playing together week in and week out, which is what we now need to do.

“When I came here, it didn’t look like a team that could survive in step five so that’s why I needed to add the quality I have.

St Neots knocked Pinchbeck out of the FA Cup. Photo by Alexandra Gomes.
St Neots knocked Pinchbeck out of the FA Cup. Photo by Alexandra Gomes.

“However, there is a core of players within the squad who can flourish and prosper - with the right people around them.

“Lockdown’s probably come at the right time for us to get all of this sorted, but we were supposed to play seven games in November.

“Obviously, these games have to played at some point and I’m hoping the league uses a bit of common sense because if they chuck us straight into a game when lockdown ends then everyone is going to struggle.

Pinchbeck United held Spalding United to a 1-1 draw in pre-season.
Pinchbeck United held Spalding United to a 1-1 draw in pre-season.

“What I’d want is for them to give us seven to ten days for a mini pre-season of sorts, then we go into the games.

“We’ve given the lads their own individual training plans but there’s nothing that can replicate being match-fit.

“So, hopefully, we can get back playing as soon as possible, but there’s more important things going on in the world today.”

Pinchbeck United in early season action against Holbeach United in the Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy.
Pinchbeck United in early season action against Holbeach United in the Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy.

The Knights’ next scheduled fixture is three days after lockdown, on Saturday, December 5, against Shepshed Dynamo at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

However, the UCL is yet to say when matches will restart.



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