Pinchbeck United are beaten by Lutterworth Town in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup
Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood believes his side’s last two performances have given the Knights plenty of encouragement for the future.
Thorogood’s charges brought the curtain down on their Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 away defeat at Lutterworth Town.
The defeat did leave the Knights at the foot of their Premier Division group after five losses in the competition.
But Thorogood felt Saturday’s showing, coupled with the narrow home loss to Oadby last weekend, was another step in the right direction for the Knights.
They had lost 5-0 against Lutterworth in Thorogood’s first match at the helm in the Premier Division clash at the end of October and were then defeated 3-0 by Oadby at the Sir Halley Stewart in December.
Thorogood said: “There are lots of reasons to be positive moving forward and I have got what I wanted out of this competition.
“We are showing areas of improvement and I want to be able to kick us on now.
“The last two performances have been back-to-back the best ones since I have been at the club.
“The performance on Saturday was better than the Oadby game which is a huge positive and a step in the right direction.”
The Knights were the dominant force in the opening period at Kong Park but spurned a number of good chances to take the lead.
They eventually broke the deadlock in the second half through Jack Wood to lead a contest for the first time in this cup competition.
But Lutterworth levelled with 20 minutes remaining and then grabbed a second goal late on to secure the victory.
Thorogood added: “We should have been 3-0 up at half-time.
“We then took the lead in the second half and, if I’m being honest, we looked like we didn’t really know what to do with it.
“We didn’t know how to manage the game and it threw us all over the place.
“Lutterworth are a decent side though and deserve credit. They are up there in the Premier Division for a reason and you could see why they were doing so well but we were mightily unlucky not to have come away with at least a draw and probably a win.
“We now look like a side now that can score a bucketload of goals, but we have just got to back ourselves that we can put them away.”
Knights: Martin, Kacirek, Worthington, Moyses, Stevens, Armond, Machin, Melson, Moss, Newstead, Wood. Subs: Burkitt, Holland, Mutasa, Oldham.
Pinchbeck have a friendly this Saturday when Thurlow Nunn League side March Town visit Knight Street for a 3pm kick-off. Spectators will be allowed to attend as the match is being played on a public field.