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Pinchbeck game falls victim to weather

UPDATE: Pinchbeck United's planned game at home to Northampton ON Chenecks tomorrow has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

PREVIOUSLY: Pinchbeck United will host one of the few football matches to be played in Linconshire this weekend – but spectators will not be allowed to see it.

With the county in coronavirus tier 3, and spectators not allowed in grounds, The Knights have bucked the trend in going ahead with their game against Northampton ON Chenecks in the United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Knights are currently second from bottom, with only Peterborough Northern Star behind them, and will be looking to get their first win of the season.

Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood and coach Alfie Tate.
Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood and coach Alfie Tate.

Manager Lewis Thorogood will relish the chance to see most of his new signings in action for the first time as they bid to overturn their pre-lockdown form.

Thorogood was optimistic going into this weekend’s game, saying: “I’m confident in the players we’ve brought in and hopeful of getting a positive result.

“It’s a bit surreal for us really because we’ve seen all the clubs around us calling their games off.

“But my message to everyone is this: I wouldn’t do anything that would affect me, my family or any of my players and their families.

“We’ve got a strict COVID-19 plan in place, the same one I used at Spalding (where he was previously manager), so it’s been cleared by the Northern Premier League.

“Going into the game, it’s going to be a hard one and we’ve only got one training session to get everyone ready and try to sort a few things before the game.

“It’s all a bit of a lottery because we don’t know anything about our opposition in terms of who will turn up for them and how much they’ve been training.

“But it’s probably the best time to play a team like that because they don’t know much about us.

“We’ll go in with a completely clear mindset and we’ll be looking to start afresh after lockdown.

“We need to get points on the board and the only way to do that is to play well.

“We need to score some more goals and I think my signings over lockdown reflect that.

“We also need to be tough to beat and, once again, I think the signings show that.

“As a club we’ve got used to losing and we need to break that habit.

“The main job for me since coming here is to turn round that negative mindset and with the players coming in, it’s their job to perform for me and to help me get some points on the board.”

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