FOOTBALL: Knights' squad starting to gel for next term
Player-manager Ian Dunn is pleased with Pinchbeck United’s plans for next term.
The Knights seem likely to secure a top-five finish in their first campaign at this level.
They can also look forward to the Hinchingbrooke Cup final against Godmanchester Rovers.
But Dunn is already aiming for more success as he puts together a squad which can challenge again towards the top of the table.
He said: “We’ve lost once in the league since the end of November so our record is not bad at all.
“This team is starting to gel together very well and it’s no coincidence that we are picking up more points.
“We’re planning for next season and evolving. This is becoming more evident each week.
“We’ve shown that again with our recent results.
“The game at Rugby Town on Saturday was reminiscent of last season when we won the Division One title.
“We didn’t really allow them many chances in another good performance away from home but one mistake at the end cost us.”
Ollie Maltby’s first-half opener was cancelled out when Rugby rescued a point from a stoppage-time penalty.
Pinchbeck are looking for three points at the Sir Halley Stewart Field this weekend against 17th-placed ON Chenecks.
Lee Beeson got the only goal when the Knights won in Northampton at the end of September.
Dunn added: “It was a tough place to go and we were pleased with that result.
“We should have scored three or four times but we also made three substitutions due to injuries.
“Our squad is stronger now and we’re hoping to play on the front foot at home.”
Pinchbeck’s trip to Peterborough Northern Star has been rearranged for March 26 after the postponement on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch.
Alex Beck, Jason Field, Jordan Nuttell, Chris Shipley and Stacy Cartwright would have missed the midweek match - but they are expected to be in Saturday’s squad.
Dunn admitted: “We had players carrying knocks and niggles so we’ve got extra time to feel fresh for the weekend.
“We’ve done our best to rotate the squad during a spell of eight games in 28 days.
“Our starting line-up is strong enough but at times we didn’t have much strength in depth on the bench.”