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Pinchbeck United host Harborough Town in their first match of the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup

Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood is hoping his side can build on their solid return to action when they kick-off their Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup campaign on Saturday.

The Knights entertain Premier Division rivals Harborough Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground in the first match of their group campaign.

They go into the match after an encouraging second half display at the weekend which saw the Knights run out 3-1 winners in a friendly clash with Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Swaffham.

Pinchbeck boss Lewis Thorogood. (45958683)
Pinchbeck boss Lewis Thorogood. (45958683)

They overturned a one-goal half-time deficit to claim the victory courtesy of goals from Elliott Burrell and a Harrison Holland brace.

And boss Thorogood is hoping to see more of the same from his side who face a Harborough team who were in eighth spot in the Premier Division when the campaign was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thorogood said: "I expect Harborough to be more physical than Swaffham were because that is traditionally the case with Thurlow Nunn League sides.

"From my perspective we will concentrate on what we have got to do, set up the right way and hopefully we can take the second half of last Saturday's performance into this weekend.

"The biggest thing is that it's a level playing field for all clubs because everybody has been off for such a long period of time.

"No-one really has an advantage over everybody else so, from our view, we have got a lot of positives from last weekend to build on."

The Knights are expected to include Chesterfield youngster Nathan Moss in their squad for Saturday's clash.

Moss signed before the United Counties League registration deadline on a youth loan from the National League club where the striker has progressed through the ranks.

Pinchbeck will go into the clash buoyed by ending their lengthy streak without a victory in Saturday’s success over Swaffham.

The Knights had failed to pick up a single win in their 12 matches of the curtailed United Counties League Premier Division this season.

And Thorogood is now hoping that victory can kick-start the Knights ahead of their opening match of the cup campaign.

He added: "I thought we were very disjointed in the first half last Saturday but were much better after the break.

"I am just relieved that we have broken the hoodoo though and won a game and it was against opposition from the same level which gives me the most encouragement.

"We have played against a fellow step five side so, from my perspective, it gives us a potential base to work from.

"I'm not going to say we were perfect and I'm not going to start doing cartwheels and saying that everything is wonderful but it is a platform to build on."

Saturday’s match will be played behind closed doors due to the current Government restrictions.

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