Pinchbeck manager Dunn looks for cure to his side's 'second half syndrome'
Pinchbeck United players are suffering from a "second half syndrome" that is putting their two-year stay in the league at great risk, according to manager Ian Dunn.
The Knights got off to a perfect start in their crucial relegation showdown at Sleaford United, taking the lead after just four minutes with a penalty by Max Gee.
New signing from Stamford Sam Bayly, who started the game for Pinchbeck in place Ewan Fieldhouse won the spot kick after beating a Greens' defender who then upended him inside the 12-yard box.
Bayly continued to cause problems at Eslaforde Park where, worryingly for Pinchbeck, Sleaford started to grow into the game.
After Tyler Finley shot narrowly wide for the visitors, Pinchbeck were pegged back to 1-1 ten minutes into the second half when Nick Bates converted from a goalmouth scramble to net his first goal for Sleaford.
With just over a quarter of the match left, the Knights conceded a goal which sent them bottom of the table as Liam Tunstall headed in a cross from Ewan Armstrong.
Even worse for Pinchbeck was the sending off of full back Odie Wason late in the game.
Dunn said: "It's that second half syndrome that we seem to be suffering with because, for the last four games in a row, we've either gone in at half-time level or in front.
"In the second half, we've thrown it away and Sleaford wanted it more than we did.
"We looked nervous, after being comfortable in the first half, without them really troubling us.
"But we were very naive and it must be a confidence thing because, in the first half, we battled against the wind and got ourselves in front.
"Then we throw away the lead when we've got to be braver and give stupid free kicks away.
"We've seen flashes in recent games that we're good enough to compete with better teams in the league.
"But it's becoming a bit of a recurring theme that we can't hold on to leads and, as manager, it's my job to sort it out."
Dunn did have some praise for Bayly who "looked sharp" when he was in possession.
"But because of the windy conditions, we couldn't get the ball into the right areas which made it difficult," Dunn said.