FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck take pole position in title race

Leveller: Ollie Maltby turns home Pinchbeck's first goal on Saturday (above), while (below) Robbie Relf makes tracks. Photos by TIM WILSON
Leveller: Ollie Maltby turns home Pinchbeck's first goal on Saturday (above), while (below) Robbie Relf makes tracks. Photos by TIM WILSON
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PINCHBECK UNITED 5 WHITTLESEY UNITED 3: A STORMING comeback ended Pinchbeck’s losing run on Saturday – and sent them back to the top of the Peterborough Premier Division.

Trailing 3-1 with half an hour to play, promotion-chasing United were staring down the barrel of a third league loss on the trot.

Pinchbeck v Whitlesea football action at Knight Street ground.'Photo:  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Pinchbeck v Whitlesea football action at Knight Street ground.'Photo: www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

But Ian Dunn’s men dug deep to turn the game on its head, with both Ollie Maltby and Jonny Clay netting decisive doubles.

The victory came hot on the heels of Pinchbeck’s reinstation to the Lincs Junior Cup final, in which they will now face Beehive at York Street on April 18.

Despite losing to Market Rasen in the semi-finals, their conquerors have been thrown out for playing a suspended player – ensuring a positive end to what promised to be United’s worst week of the season so far.

“We’ve been a bit Jekyll and Hyde lately,” admitted player/boss Dunn. “This time individual errors in defence threatened to cost us dear, but we were much more clinical in attack.

“It’s pretty uncharacteristic of us to be poor as a defensive unit. But we dug deep and it doesn’t look like the two defeats have cost us too much in the title race.”

Whittlesey grabbed a surprise lead at Knight Street when home keeper Lee Drury slipped after misjudging a bouncing ball.

Maltby soon levelled matters when he turned home a controversial effort on the line. Dunn had seen his header superbly saved, with Maltby converting the rebound.

Dunn admitted the keeper may have had both hands on the ball, but made no apologies. Goals either side of the interval threatened to further derail Pinchbeck’s title tilt, but Clay’s header and another Maltby strike soon levelled matters.

Sub Tom Gosling then nodded the hosts into the lead for the first time, before another header from Clay sealed the points.

If they can win at Ramsey Town tonight (7.30pm), Pinchbeck will be four points clear ahead of their trip to basement boys Alconbury on Saturday (3pm).

Pinchbeck: Drury, Clay, Marshall, Hocking, Maddison, McDonnell (Gray), Wilson, Maltby, Relf (Woods), Dunn, Lawrence (Gosling). Not used: Law, Kishere.