Pinchbeck United defeat AFC Rushden and Diamonds Under 21s
Manager Lewis Thorogood feels a second successive friendly victory has helped to breed a winning mentality at Pinchbeck United.
The Knights ran out 3-2 winners in Saturday's home clash with an AFC Rushden and Diamonds Under 21s side.
It followed up last weekend's 4-2 win over March Town as Pinchbeck overturned a one-goal half-time deficit to record back-to-back victories.
Thorogood said: "I am pleased that we got the win because Rushden were very well drilled and moved the ball quickly.
"They didn't stop for 90 minutes and, in that respect, it was another very good work-out.
"It did have a slight tinge of being the end of our first phase of pre-season, but Rushden worked us for the full game.
"We had to be sharper and quicker in terms of moving the ball which we didn't initially adapt to at the start.
"We were tenacious and kept going and two wins on the bounce does breed that winning mentality.
"We are scoring goals which is great so all in all it has kind of gone to plan within reason which I hoped it would do."
Diamonds took an early lead when they made the most of Pinchbeck failing to clear a cross into their box.
The visitors held the initiative at the break but Pinchbeck equalised in the second half and then got their noses in front.
Although Rushden got back on level terms with 15 minutes remaining, Pinchbeck netted the winner after an end-to-end finish to the contest.
Triallist Joey Buckingham - a current Peterborough United scholar - netted twice with Fin Armond also on target for Pinchbeck as the impressive Joe Melson provided the catalyst for the Knights' goals.