Pinchbeck United are beaten by Melton Town in the United Counties League Premier Division North
Four second half goals sent Pinchbeck United to defeat in Saturday’s home match with Melton Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.
Krisztian Gagyi’s early opener had got the Knights off to a strong start in the United Counties League Premier Division North match.
But Melton stormed back in the atrocious weather after the break to end Pinchbeck’s four-match unbeaten league run.
Knights manager Lewis Thorogood said: “We played well in the first half and showed good tempo and had a grip of the game.
“Krisztian’s scored a fantastically-taken goal but the second half was disappointing.
“Melton were very well organised and kept playing. They scored two quick goals after half-time and we started to feel a bit sorry for ourselves.
“It got a bit ragged and messy and we couldn’t get back into the game.”
The afternoon had started well for the Knights as Haydn Havard was fouled on the edge of the area, and Gagyi curled home a sublime free-kick to give them a third minute lead.
Both sides traded chances for the rest of the first period, with home goalkeeper Alex Smith saving well before Enoch Opayinka fired just over for the Knights.
Smith again did well early in the second period, before Melton were awarded a 55th minute penalty when former Nottingham Forest and Northampton Town professional Paul Anderson was brought down in the box.
Although Smith managed a superb save from Zak Munton’s spot kick, the rebound fell kindly for the ex-Bourne Town marksman to convert and bring Melton back level.
The visitors then seized the initiative and took the lead 10 minutes later when former Deeping Rangers player Henry Dunn picked out Anderson to fire home.
Leon Fray added the third from an Anderson corner, before substitute Ryan Robbins rounded off the win with a top corner finish.
Pinchbeck now face a tough midweek trip to league leaders Anstey Nomads tonight (Tuesday) before going to unbeaten Long Eaton on Saturday.
Thorogood added: “It’s a really difficult week against two unbeaten sides away from home so we have to show character to dig in and grind out some results.
“We can’t be scared of the opposition or phased by what they have or haven’t done. We have to go out there positive and do what I know we can.
“There is work to be done after Saturday, but we haven’t got time to dwell on it or feel sorry for ourselves.
“It is still very early in the season. We have got two big games so we’ll see what we can do because we’ve got the capabilities of doing things and getting results.”
Pinchbeck: Smith, Gagyi, Worthington, Baldock-Smith, Spafford, Robson, Melson (Machin), Peasgood, Havard (Stevens), Hebblethwaite (Knight), Opayinka. Sub not used: Taylor.