FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck welcome three but lose one
Pinchbeck United have completed the signings of three players - but seen striker Alex Beck join Boston Town.
Knights manager Ian Dunn concedes that the striker’s departure is a blow but he is still confident with the squad he is building.
Beck scored from the penalty spot as the Knights comfortably beat Bourne Town with three second-half goals last Friday. However, the Poachers announced on Tuesday that they had completed his signing.
He follows last season’s players’ player of the year Chris Shipley and Lee Beeson in making the switch from Knight Street to the DWB Stadium this summer.
Dunn said: “Alex’s circumstances have changed and he wants to be closer to home. You have got to respect that.”
Another player to feature in that win over the Wakes was James Gordon, who committed to a Pinchbeck return this week. The right-sided defender is playing as well as Dunn has ever seen and was followed through the doors by Bailey Forth and Connor Eyes.
Speedy Forth plays down the left and has previously been with Skegness Town and Boston Town.
Midfielder Eyes returns to the club with the ambition of nailing down a regular first-team berth.
Captain Nick Jackson and Ollie Maltby also scored against Bourne Town - both through Liam Ogden assists - in a match which Dunn felt his side controlled throughout.
He said: “We didn’t get out of second gear so I asked them at half-time to up the tempo and put them under a lot more pressure and, to be fair to them, they did that.
“It was hot which made things difficult for both sides but we were comfortable and starting with a clean sheet is pleasing.”
Starting XI v Bourne Town: James Robinson, Jamie Gaukroger, James Gordon, Will Nuttell, Nick Jackson, Connor Eyes, Joe Bates, Liam Ogden, Kofi Ross, Jordan Nuttell, Ollie Maltby.
On Friday Pinchbeck host Horncastle Town at Knight Street (7pm, free admission).
Dunn said: “One thing you know about Linconshire League sides is that they will work you hard so we’re expecting to be given a good test.”
Pinchbeck are hoping to arrange further pre-season matches at home on Friday, July 26 and Monday, July 29.