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UCL Premier Division previews - Rothwell v Pinchbeck, Quorn v Holbeach, Wellingborough v Deeping




Pinchbeck United and Holbeach United will look to put their Buildbase FA Vase exits behind them with away trips for both sides on Saturday.

The Knights travel to 16th-placed Rothwell Corinthians who will take on the Tigers' cup conquerors South Normanton Athletic in round two next month.

In a game switched from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field to Rothwell's Seargents Lawn ground, Knights' boss Ian Dunn is hoping for a change in form after losing 3-0 to Midland Football League side Worcester City on Saturday.

Pinchbeck United striker Nathan Kelly misses the trip to Rothwell. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG=121019-004TW.
Pinchbeck United striker Nathan Kelly misses the trip to Rothwell. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG=121019-004TW.

Dunn said: "We saw the Vase game as a relief from the league.

"But when you're not winning games of football, morale is low and the games come non-stop as well.

"We're not as well off as we were last season in terms of being financially strong enough to go out and bring in a big-name player.

"At the moment, the players we have are the ones we'll have to work with, but we'll do our best."

Left back Niall Hylton, striker Nathan Kelly and the versatile Tony Edwards miss Saturday's game through suspension after all three were sent off in the 5-1 debacle at Boston Town last Tuesday.

But recent signing Kai Wilson and Ryan Evans are both available for the Knights after both were cup-tied for the Worcester City game.

Dunn said: "Rothwell will be a different type of game to the one against Worcester City.

"We'll be facing a decent side who'll be a little bit more direct, so we've got to try and adapt to that by playing a different way."

Meanwhile, Holbeach visit fifth-placed Quorn who are one place, and one point, below Danny Hussey's side in the league.

Hussey said: "I can't fault any of the 15 or 16 lads who have played minutes for me this season.

Holbeach United boss Danny Hussey (centre) has put his side's Buildbase FA Vase defeat at South Normanton Athletic behind him ahead of the Tigers' trip to Quorn. Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-280919-008TW.
Holbeach United boss Danny Hussey (centre) has put his side's Buildbase FA Vase defeat at South Normanton Athletic behind him ahead of the Tigers' trip to Quorn. Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-280919-008TW.

"They've been brilliant and now we're back in league action, we'll be looking to carry on our winning streak against Quorn whose manager (Martin Carrruthers) is someone I know from my time at AFC Stamford."

Deeping Rangers also face an away trip on Saturday to Wellingborough Town after becoming the latest side to lose to unbeaten league leaders Shepshed Dynamo.

Striker John King scored the only goal of the game at the Haydon Witham Stadium, although Deeping created enough chances to have at least earned a point.

Jack Gurney in action for Deeping Rangers against Shepshed Dynamo.Photo by David Pearson.
Jack Gurney in action for Deeping Rangers against Shepshed Dynamo.Photo by David Pearson.

Clarets manager Michael Goode said: "I don't mind losing 1-0 if it's one of those games where it's to and fro and there's nothing to choose between the teams.

"But I thought we were the better side, even though Shepshed are on an unbelievable run.

"I thought we would be the team to break that and we would have been had we been clinical at both ends.

"The goal was a weak one to concede but I thought the team had good balance and shape and seemed to pick up a lot of space.

"It's real fine margins in each of the aspects of defending, passing and scoring goals, but we weren't far away from doing all of those things - not just right but perfectly.

"The defence was excellent, bar their goal, our possession play was decent and our work around the box was okay, apart from the very last bit."


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