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Pinchbeck United and Holbeach United share the spoils in a United Counties League Premier Division North derby duel



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Honours finished even between Pinchbeck and Holbeach for the second time this season after a 1-1 draw in Monday's crucial United Counties League clash.

The derby rivals had shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Carter's Park in September and they again took a point apiece in the Bank Holiday clash that attracted a healthy crowd of 221 to the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

The draw kept Pinchbeck two points clear of the Premier Division North danger zone but Holbeach will probably be the more satisfied of the two camps after netting their third point of the campaign.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047690)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047690)

The Tigers - in new manager Danny Clifton's second match at the helm - had to overcome two goalkeeping setbacks to return home with a point.

The returning Ricky Lovelace injured his shoulder in the warm-up, meaning James Blake - who is dual registered with Yaxley - had to take over between the posts.

Blake was then injured himself after a late collision which saw Holbeach play out the final forays with 10 men and centre-half George Warrington in goal.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047710)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047710)

Pinchbeck had been boosted by the inclusion of former Spalding United attacker Marcel Chipamaunga who has been playing for Ossett United this season in the Northern Premier League West Division.

And he was at the heart of the Knights' early attacking promise as they started the match on the front foot with Chipamaunga curling an early effort wide of the Holbeach goal.

Chipamaunga then hooked a close range chance over the crossbar as Pinchbeck missed the opportunity to make the most of their early dominance.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047712)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047712)

Holbeach - with five debutants in their starting line-up - grew into the game as the half wore on and home goalkeeper Alex Smith had to get down smartly to save an effort from Jack Eldridge.

Pinchbeck still offered the greater attacking threat and Chipamaunga fizzed a shot wide of the far post while Joe Melson saw a cross-shot tipped over by Blake.

Jack Fixter and Melson both fired wide from further openings for the hosts as the opening period finished goalless.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047714)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047714)

The scoring was then started two minutes into the second period as Holbeach broke the deadlock.

Dan Dougill sprayed a fine pass out to full-back Luke Chester who hammered over a low cross that hit Pinchbeck defender Dan Worthington at the back post to wrong-foot Smith and give Holbeach the lead.

However, it took Pinchbeck just three minutes to restore parity as Archie Moyses stepped up to fire home a fine free-kick from just outside the area.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047716)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047716)

The Knights then introduced Enoch Opayinka - who has remained dual registered with the club after switching to Spalding - and his pace added a further problem for the Tigers to deal with.

Andre Williams flashed in a dangerous free-kick for the visitors that eluded everyone in the box while Chipamaunga intercepted a back pass at the other end and tried to tee up Fixter who was unable to convert at full stretch.

Opayinka then collided with goalkeeper Blake as he chased a through ball, forcing the Holbeach goalkeeper to be replaced.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047718)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047718)

With the Tigers having already used their substitutes, centre-half Warrington donned the gloves and made one crucial intervention by getting a fingertip onto a Moyses cross as Ben Robson waited to convert.

Opayinka saw another effort fly over while the Tigers looked dangerous on the break late on with both Elliot Foster and Lewis Baughan threatening the home goal.

However, the winning goal proved elusive for both sides as they pocketed a point each in their quests to remain in the Premier Division North for another campaign.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047720)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047720)

Pinchbeck: Smith, Worthington, Robson, Moyses, Jackson, Spafford, Armond (Peasgood), Melson, Chipamaunga (Millar), Fixter, Hollingsworth (Opayinka). Subs not used: Kacirek, Johnson.

Holbeach: Blake, Chester, Balding (Williams), Nuttell, Dougill, Warrington, Harris (Tricks), Carter, Frost, Baughan, Eldridge (Foster). Sub not used: Nicholson-Barfoot.

Attendance: 221.

Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047722)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047722)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047724)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047724)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047728)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047728)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047730)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047730)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047692)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047692)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047732)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047732)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047734)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047734)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047736)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047736)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047738)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047738)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047740)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047740)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047742)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047742)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047744)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047744)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047746)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047746)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047750)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047750)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047694)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047694)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047758)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047758)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047760)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047760)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047762)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047762)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047764)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047764)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047766)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047766)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047696)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047696)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047780)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047780)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047784)
Pinchbeck and Holbeach shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54047784)


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