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FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck United pick up three points

Ollie Maltby produced a winning start to the new year for Pinchbeck United.

The Knights took their unbeaten run to seven league games by overturning a second-half deficit at Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday.

Jack Smith put Pinchbeck ahead, Lee Beeson levelled from the penalty spot and Maltby earned three points - despite a poor performance overall by Ian Dunn's side.

Ollie Maltby
Ollie Maltby

The player-manager said: "We rode our luck a bit in the first half on a heavy pitch which was difficult to play on.

"Beeson hit the bar with a free-kick when we were 1-0 up but then we conceded twice at the start of the second half.

"Missed clearances and tackles allowed them to score. Ricky Lovelace made a save but there was no reaction from ourselves.

"The second goal looked offside but he was unmarked in the middle and we failed to deal with that defensively.

"Everything we spoke about at half-time went out of the window because the game changed. Until then, we looked pretty comfortable.

"Without playing particularly well all game when we turned in an average performance, we picked up three points from a tough place.

"We won the penalty when Smith was fouled two yards out as he was about to score.

"Maltby finished off Tyler Wright's cross with 20 minutes to go, Liam Adams missed a good chance and Rothwell could have equalised as we made a few mistakes.

"Hopefully those errors are a one-off for this game because we weren't punished in terms of the result.

"We had previously looked solid defensively but it was pleasing to come away with three points when we didn't play well."

Adams - who set up Smith's goal - has joined Pinchbeck on an initial one-month loan from Stamford.


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