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Pinchbeck United player-manager Ian Dunn expects a tough test against his former club Boston Town on Saturday.
They meet at the Sir Halley Stewart Field with a big gap between third place and 18th in the Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division.
In the opening week of the season, Tom Sergeant’s second-half equaliser rescued a point for the Knights after former Deeping Rangers striker Scott Coupland put Boston ahead.
Jack Smith and Fraser Bayliss were sent off but last season’s Division One champions have since established themselves towards the top of the table.
Meanwhile, Boston moved out of the bottom two by beating Peterborough Northern Star 1-0 last weekend.
They edged ahead of Rothwell Corinthians who lost 3-2 at home to Pinchbeck.
A third successive away win took the Knights’ unbeaten run to seven league games.
Dunn said: “We will be ready for another tough game on Saturdaybecause all the teams at the bottom are scrapping for their lives.
“The reality is that the bottom two will go down and once that happens, it’s not easy to get out of Division One.
“There are good examples such as Bourne Town and Blackstones who have found it tough to bounce back.
“I’m sure Boston will give us a test because they desperately want to remain in the Premier Division.
“Hopefully it was a one-off last weekend when we made mistakes.
“It felt positive to win a game without playing particularly well.
“Earlier in the season, we would have come away with nothing from a performance like that.
“It’s testament to how far we’ve come when we pick up points at places like Rothwell.”
Goalkeeper Alex Smith has been given permission by Spalding United to play for Pinchbeck on Saturday.
Winger Josh Smith has left the Knights to sign for Peterborough Northern Star.