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FOOTBALL: Knights 'full of hope and confidence'




Ian Dunn
Ian Dunn

Pinchbeck United are looking for a first-ever win in one of the FA's national knockout competitions.

The Knights head to Woodbridge Town on Saturday in the Buildbase FA Vase second qualifying round.

Last season, Pinchbeck lost 5-1 to Holbeach United at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

They were beaten 3-0 at Rothwell Corinthians last month in their Emirates FA Cup debut.

Player-manager Ian Dunn said: "Realistically, the FA Vase is a competition which we could win - even though it's a long shot.

"It would certainly be nice to have a run after getting knocked out in our first-ever tie last season.

"We will go to Woodbridge full of hope and confidence. We'll give it our best.

"It wouldn't be the worst result if we brought them back here for a replay on Wednesday night.

"Unfortunately, we haven't been able to watch Woodbridge so we had to do a bit of research to find out what we can about them.

"It's going to be a test and we know they are a good footballing side. We've got to deal with that."

Woodbridge were 3-1 home winners over UCL Premier Division side Eynesbury Rovers in the first qualifying round.

This weekend, Eynesbury or Daventry Town will replace Pinchbeck on top of the table.

Dunn's side extended the unbeaten league run to 33 games with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Sleaford Town last Saturday.

Ollie Maltby and Lee Beeson were on target but keeper Ricky Lovelace took the man-of-the-match honours.

He saved a second-half penalty before Sleaford missed from the spot again.

Maltby is unavailable this weekend but Tom Sergeant is back from serving a three-match ban for his red card at Rothwell Corinthians.

Chris Shipley
Chris Shipley

Chris Shipley should be back in the squad after missing out against Sleaford.

Woodbridge lost 7-1 at Swindon Supermarine in the FA Cup - conceding five times during the second half last Saturday.



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