Pinchbeck show signs of improvement in defeat at Wellingborough
First team coach Alfie Tate drew plenty of positives from Pinchbeck United's away defeat at the Dog and Duck Stadium.
Knights' captain Dan Worthington scored his side's first league goal of the season a minute before the break to equalise after Wellingborough had taken the lead with a penalty converted by Lloyd Buckby.
But when the Doughboys brought on Lewis Leslie for Tony Logongo with a few minutes before the hour-mark, the tide of the match turned against Pinchbeck.
Leslie's far post header on 65 minutes restored Wellingborough's lead before Buckby's second penalty of the day effectively won his side the three points.
Another Doughboys substitute, George Wingrove, added a fourth goal in added-on time to put some added gloss on the home side's win ahead of their trip to Deeping Rangers tonight.
Tate said: "The two penalties for them were a little bit harsh, but we put in a much better performance than the one against Rugby Town last weekend.
"The energy, enthusiasm and work rate were all there, but Wellingborough were just that little bit better than us, even though we've not had the luck we wanted.
"It was almost a game of two halves because I thought we did a bit better than them in the first half.
"We tried to control the game a bit better because it was really hot and so we didn't want to lump the ball forward and tire ourselves out.
"Dan Worthington's goal gave us a bit of confidence going into the second half.
"He beat the offside trap when the ball was played through to him and then slotted it past the keeper.
"It looked like we had a good understanding about ourselves, something that we probably lost in the second half and which let us down."
Tate handed debuts to a number of Knights players, including Kane Auld, Joshua Jeche, Ayoub Sebtane and ex-Boston Town striker Finlay Armond.
"Kane came in and did really well at left back, while Joshua has been with us for a couple of weeks so I decided to bring him on board," Tate said.
"We had an in-house game in midweek where we had a look at these lads playing under no pressure.
"They came in and did really well so I'd like to try and have a few more in-house games alongside our training sessions which are going to be so important with us playing on Wednesdays and Saturdays."
Pinchbeck next face Peterborough Northern Star in the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Wednesday night.
The two sides met in pre-season when Northern Star ran out 6-0 winners at the Branch Brothers Stadium on August 22.
Tate said: "It'll be an interesting encounter and I hope we'd have learned lessons from our game last month, such as trying to retain the ball better."
PINCHBECK UNITED: Martin, Daws, Mason, Worthington, Auld, Dunn, Neves, Sebtane, Jacirek, Armond, Jeche.Subs: Goodall, Ramsden.