FOOTBALL: New signings stand Pinchbeck United in good stead for winter schedule, according to Knights boss Ian Dunn
Just one win out of four Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division games for Pinchbeck United during November is no cause for panic, according to Ian Dunn.
The Knights’ manager welcomed his side’s 2-0 win against Peterborough Northern Star at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field last Saturday after tough losses to Oadby Town and Rugby Town.
New signings Ryan Oliver, a dual registration signing from Grantham Town, and ex-Holbeach United skipper Nick Jackson have come at the right time for Pinchbeck as they find their true level of performance in a higher league.
Dunn said: “Oliver scored and Jackson got man of the match so the new signings had the desired impact which is what we needed.
“We had a lot of injuries and suspensions but unlike last season, when we managed to get away with it, we’ve been found out against the best sides in the division this season.
“We’ve missed two of our starting defenders and we brought a forward in who hasn’t been fit.
“So in Ryan and Nick, we’ve now got a bit of Premier Division experience which, hopefully, is all that we needed.”
Pinchbeck travel to mid-table Wellingborough Town on Saturday without Jason Fields who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards so far this season.
But Dunn is confident in taking on the Doughboys, partly due to the return from injury of Tyler Wright whose cross set up Saturday’s second goal from Tony Edwards.
“Tyler missed 12 weeks and not having someone of his quality on the ball does make a difference,” Dunn said.
“Having him back is shown in his quality delivery which is second to none and he looked like he’d never been away on Saturday.”
Dunn saw Wellingborough in action during their 2-1 defeat to Holbeach United in the KitmanUK UCL Knockout Cup at Carter’s Park last week.
He said: “They are quite dangerous and we have to be on form to beat them.
“But apart from Jason, everyone else is available and with the new signings, we’ve got the quality we needed.”