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Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood is hoping his side can maintain their momentum in front of a bumper Bank Holiday crowd as the Knights offer a 'pay what you want' initiative for their final home game of the season on Monday.

They entertain Skegness Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground (kick-off 3pm) in a crucial United Counties League Premier Division North match.

The Knights have taken four points from their last two league games to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Manager Lewis Thorogood (56115063)
Manager Lewis Thorogood (56115063)

They are now just two points adrift of third-from-bottom Selston following Saturday's 3-0 away win at Newark and are also above the danger zone in the relegation reprieve table as some sides will escape the drop due to the FA's restructure of the non-league pyramid.

And Thorogood is hoping his side can finish their home campaign on a high with a first win of the season over the Lilywhites who defeated the Knights in the reverse league fixture after also knocking them out of the both the FA Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Trophy competitions.

He said: "As days go, Saturday couldn't have gone any better for us but we now need everybody behind us on Monday to help us get across the line and get something from the game.

"Saturday's win helped close the gap in the table and more so it's helped us in the reprieve table as well across all the step five leagues.

"It won't be an easy game against Skegness but equally I think it's going to be tough for everybody because the turn-around is so short after such a long season.

"Skegness had a tough game against Gresley on Saturday and we've got four points out of the last six so there is some momentum and it's a little mini run.

"We just have to carry it into Monday and hope as many people turn out to support us as possible.

"The 'pay what you want' on the gate is a thank you to everybody who has supported us this season and hopefully with the decent weather we will get a good turn-out."

Pinchbeck will go into the contest buoyed by Saturday's away success at Newark as goals from Spencer Weir-Daley (two) and Neal Spafford secured a league double over the Highwaymen.

Spencer Weir-Daley scored twice for the Knights. (56115059)
Spencer Weir-Daley scored twice for the Knights. (56115059)

Weir-Daley converted a close range finish to put the Knights ahead before Spafford - making a welcome return after a hamstring injury - found himself unmarked in the box to double the lead before the break.

Pinchbeck then missed two further good opportunities late in the first half to put the contest beyond their hosts.

Newark came more into the match after the break and the Knights had to ride their luck at times with goalkeeper Alex Smith perhaps fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after a mistimed challenge outside his area.

Two more good chances were then squandered by the Knights before Weir-Daley hit home a superb finish from the edge of the penalty area to seal the win.

Thorogood added: "We didn't really know what to expect with Newark because what we had done to them in September was kind of irrelevant at this stage of the season.

"We started with the right attitude and tempo and camped in their half for the opening 25 minutes.

"The two goals gave us control of the game, but they came into it more after the break and had us on the ropes at times.

"Our third goal put the game to bed though and we knew the importance of getting the win, closing up the gap on the goal difference and keeping a clean sheet so we ticked all of those boxes."

Knights: Smith, Worthington, Robson, Spafford, Fixter, Sheriff, Peasgood, Williams, Weir-Daley, Foster, Stevens. Subs used: Johnson, Onyon, Millar. Not used: Gagyi.



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