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FOOTBALL: Knights find right response for maximum points

A second-half fightback earned three points for Pinchbeck United.

The Knights trailed at Leicester Nirvana on Saturday but goals from Ollie Maltby, Charlie West and Alex Beck put them closer to a fourth-place finish.

Ollie Maltby
Ollie Maltby

Player-manager Ian Dunn said: "We were the better side in the first 15 minutes with two or three good opportunities.

"We didn't punish them and Nirvana grew into the game with more confidence.

"It was a good goal from their point of view but it was potentially avoidable.

"We weren't stopping them playing and it was too easy moving the ball around the pitch. They are comfortable on the ball and like to play when they can.

"We let them do that until the second half when we got tighter and pressed them on the ball.

"We played 10 to 15 yards higher up the pitch as we had been too deep in the first half.

"The equaliser came when Beck chased the ball down the channel and Maltby met the cross on the volley.

"Lee Beeson's free-kick set up our second goal as Luke Wilson made a challenge at the far post and the ball hit West in the face to help it over the line. It was a little bit of luck but he was in the right place.

Charlie West
Charlie West

"Beck's last-minute goal came from hesitation between a defender and the keeper which allowed him to put the ball into the empty net.

"We looked comfortable in the end but the first half could have been a lot better."

Pinchbeck's push for fourth place continues on Saturday at home to Daventry Town who need one point to mathematically seal the championship.

The Knights are away to Holbeach United on Easter Monday.

Dunn added: "It's a tough weekend and we've got to make sure we get some points.

"We want to spoil the party for Daventry. Having been in that position ourselves in recent seasons, we know how they feel right now.

"They have only been beaten once in the league this season so they will want to continue that run.

"Holbeach are not in great form but they will want to snap out of it. We want the points to take fourth place regardless of Saturday's results."


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