FOOTBALL: ‘No worries’ for Pinchbeck United over road trips
The final countdown begins for Pinchbeck United with a big advantage over their rivals.
They are 10 points clear at the top with two games in hand following an 18-match unbeaten run.
Since losing at home to Olney Town at the end of September, the Knights have picked up 50 points.
The half-century came in last weekend’s 4-0 home win over Melton Town – a fourth successive victory at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.
Seven of Pinchbeck’s final 10 games are away from home – but they have not lost on the road since the August trip to Buckingham Town.
They face fifth-placed Rushden & Higham United on Saturday, having shared four goals with the Northamptonshire side nearly six months ago.
Player-manager Ian Dunn said: “I’ve spoken to a couple of people about them as we played them so long ago.
“We know the strengths and weaknesses so we need to capitalise on them.
“We must keep going. We look good defensively and we have pace and power going forward.
“We seem to be causing plenty of problems for other teams at the moment.
Of course, everyone will want to say ‘we did it’ and end our unbeaten run.
“We are very compact with a good shape.
“We have no worries over the run-in because our away form is so good.
“We can feel confident of beating anyone.
“However, we know that Rushden & Higham are in a group of teams just below us.
“Of course, everyone will want to say ‘we did it’ and end our unbeaten run.
“I’m sure they all saw our result at Bourne Town and felt they will have a chance against us.
“But I’m still putting that result down to a freak series of events.”
Meanwhile, Luke Gardner is likely to be back in the squad this weekend after a lengthy lay-off due to a groin injury.
He had been due to play in a friendly at Parson Drove on Wednesday night but the game was called off.
Dunn added: “He played a big part in our success so we would love to see him back.
“He might need to go out on loan for match fitness but it’s good news having him back in training.”