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Pinchbeck United are playing in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Supplementary Cup

Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood is aiming to make the most of a new United Counties League competition as part of his preparations for next season.

The Knights are one of just six Premier Division clubs taking part in their section of the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Supplementary Cup that has been introduced following the curtailment of the league campaign.

They will be lining up alongside GNG Oadby, Harborough, Lutterworth Town, ON Chenecks and Rothwell Corinthians with manager Thorogood relishing the return to action.

Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood.
Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a bit of a pre pre-season for us.

“I know the competition is not everyone’s cup of tea but in terms of building and what we want to do then it’s a great tool to be able to do something and we’ll just see where it takes us.”

The Knights will resume training next week before playing a behind closed doors friendly on Saturday, April 3.

Their cup campaign starts on Saturday, April 10, with a home clash against Harborough at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

After a home midweek friendly with Northern Premier League South East Division side Wisbech Town on Tuesday, April 13, they then host Rothwell Corinthians on April 17 before making the trip to ON Chenecks on April 24.

The Knights entertain GNG Oadby on Saturday, May 1, before finishing their group matches with a trip to Lutterworth Town on May 8.

The top two teams in the group will then compete in a one-off final to determine the competition winners with Thorogood aiming to use the matches to run the rule over his squad for next season.

He will also be registering a couple of trialists with a view to next season but insists that he won’t be tempted to field any higher level players following the curtailment of their campaigns.

Thorogood added: “This competition allows me to look at the squad and some lads who I will have in on trial that we register ahead of the event.

“But I will not be going out and signing a load of players from elsewhere because that is false and unrealistic.

“There will be two or three lads who we will be inviting in on trial anyway and that will be it because we will be sticking with the boys who we have brought in this season.

“We will then have four weeks off after that which will allow me to get players sorted for when we come back in June time ready to kick on and move forward from there.”

The opening match of the competition on Saturday, April 10, will be played behind closed doors with the United Counties League then awaiting further guidance from the Government and Football Association moving forward over the return of supporters.

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