FOOTBALL: ‘It’s still hard to believe we are on this run’

Ash Murrell
Ash Murrell
  • ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One
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Pinchbeck United’s push for the title is on hold due to rain.

The Knights were due to face Oakham United at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday having taken their unbeaten record to 20 games in midweek.

But the match was postponed at 10am following last night’s wet weather.

Chris Shipley’s goal early in the second half on Tuesday night earned three points at Harrowby United.

Pinchbeck are now 16 points clear of second-placed Raunds Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Division One.

Pinchbeck player-boss Ian Dunn said: “Three more wins should be enough for the title and we’re getting closer to the reality of staying unbeaten for the rest of the season.

Photos by Toby Roberts

Photos by Toby Roberts

“It’s still hard to believe we are on this run. We have to keep going in every game.

“We have adapted well and we were honest with ourselves earlier in the season when we conceded too many goals.

“The lads always back each other and we played fantastic football at times on Tuesday.

“We didn’t cause enough problems in the final third but they only looked dangerous on the break when we gave away possession.

Three more wins should be enough for the title and we’re getting closer to the reality of staying unbeaten for the rest of the season.

Ian Dunn

“We were solid again. We go out and do our homework by watching teams so we knew we had to stop the supply to Harrowby’s centre-forward.

“There were battered and bruised bodies after the win on Tuesday.

“We’ve got players coming back into the squad as well as options from the bench. There are 17 or 18 players who are capable of starting.

“Ash Murrell came back from holiday in Goa and got through 90 minutes, even though it still felt like 4am for him after travelling.

Harrowby v Pinchbeck

Harrowby v Pinchbeck

“Jack Smith played a full game for the first time in six weeks so he deserves credit.”

Assistant manager Allan Ross added: “We always ask these guys to be professional whether we win 1-0 or 5-0.

“I was never stood there on Tuesday feeling threatened that Harrowby would score.

“It was all about not losing the game. We wanted to take the unbeaten run to 20.

“We defended fantastically as a team and grew into the game. The second half was one-way traffic.

“It’s a difficult place to play and our primary aim was to keep the top scorer Sam Grouse quiet. We did that apart from a couple of half chances.

“We were never under any pressure and I thought we played our best football for a while.

“We felt we would win the game from a set-piece.

“Everyone played their part. We had a full squad and the effort was amazing.

“We are so difficult to beat and nobody can find a way of doing it, especially if we get the first goal. We have a good balance to the team.

“Three years ago, we had a vision for this village club to get promotion.

“We have stormed it this season because we learned in the first 10 games about what we were doing right and wrong.”