FOOTBALL: Goal-den Pinchbeck spree is not quite enough

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PINCHBECK UNITED RES 15 GEDNEY HILL 3: MISSION: Impossible was almost a success for rampant Pinchbeck Reserves as they came close to pulling off the the miracle they required to reach the Peterborough League Division Two play-offs.

With Ryhall United and Eye drawing in midweek, it meant Pinchbeck had to win by a 21-goal margin to progress – and they delivered a huge performance that fell just short of an unlikely target.

The pre-match talk from United boss Gary Coomes was not about pressing for a goal-rush, but to play at a high tempo and just see what happened. But after only three minutes Pinchbeck were in dreamland at 3-0 up, with Ash West, Sam Deykin and Sam Munton on the mark.

What followed was a goal avalanche, with United a remarkable 10-1 up by half time. To his credit, Tom Elderkin slammed home Gedney’s only shot of the half to at least register a consolation.

Pinchbeck did score five more in a second period that didn’t yield quite as many goals – with Munton getting an incredible double hat-trick and Dan Cole adding two more to his impressive tally for the season.

Luke Gardner, who has been the stand-out player for the team since his return from Moulton Harrox, also scored two. The other goals came from Jonny Butler, Ash Wilson and sub Steve Scupham.

At the other end, Elderkin rammed home a free-kick and a scrambled Lee Smith effort rounded off Gedney’s disappointing season.

Pinchbeck boss Coomes said: “During the half time chat it was impossible not to think the impossible. But a flat 15 minutes after half time put paid to the dream.

“We finish the season in seventh but can take some pride in the knowledge that we finished as top scorers in the league.”