Pinchbeck United are beaten by ON Chenecks in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup
Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood is hoping for a reversal in his side's fortunes after they suffered a third successive Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup defeat on Saturday.
The Knights went down to a 4-0 away defeat at ON Chenecks in the latest match of their Premier Division cup campaign.
Although disappointed by the margin of the defeat, Thorogood saw plenty of promise in his side's performance in the opening period.
However, an error in the final throes of the first half handed Chenecks the initiative which they then doubled early in the second period after Pinchbeck had seen a gilt-edged chance to equalise go begging.
Thorogood said: "It is getting frustrated, but we looked really in the game for the first 40 minutes. It was very even.
"We were bright, competitive and strong but then made an error for their first goal which has killed us just a couple of minutes before half-time because we had worked really hard in the first 45 minutes.
"It was probably the most lively and competitive that I have seen us. We were organised, strong and looked fit.
"We regrouped at half-time and the first message was not to concede in the first few minutes because they would get jittery the more we got into it.
"We had a fantastic opportunity from kick-off which we didn't take and they broke to score their second goal.
"It knocked the stuffing out of us and we went all or bust with four up top because we didn't have anything to lose.
"They picked us off but again it was silly goals which have cost us.
"When you're struggling you do need a bit of luck and sometimes it's not just about how you set-up technically with your formation or style of play.
"You need that bit of luck and at the minute we haven't got it with us. We need a break and a day where things fall right for us.
"When your luck is against you and the chips are down, it just keeps kicking at you."
Pinchbeck were missing Josh Burkitt, Jack Fixter, Ollie Jepson and Elliott Burrell from the previous week's starting line-up against Rothwell Corinthians.
An even and open first period saw both sides trade chances with Brendan Oldham hitting the crossbar and Nathan Moss striking the post with efforts for the visitors.
Chenecks also looked threatening and on the stroke of half-time took the lead when skipper Joe Lewington pounced on a loose ball in the box and bundled home from close range.
Pinchbeck set about getting back on level terms after the break and straight from kick-off a dangerous cross from the right was driven in but it just evaded the incoming Moss with the goal at this mercy.
Chenecks quickly turned defence into attack and a cracking cross from Ross Garlick picked out Ben Diamond to double their lead.
With Pinchbeck pushing more men forward, Chenecks were able to exploit this and Lewis Irwin increased their lead before Ben Lewington headed the fourth and final goal.
Pinchbeck had handed a debut to midfielder Harry Machin who stepped up from the club's reserve team and he produced an excellent display which delighted boss Thorogood.
He enthused: "Harry was absolutely fantastic and a big plus point for me on Saturday.
"He was physical, strong and combative and was prepared to challenge and really get stuck in which is the sort of ethos that you need at this level.
"He was a credit to himself and he will move forward with us."
Knights: Martin, Brown, Stevens, Moyses, Worthington, Kacirek, Machin, Melson, Holland, Moss, Oldham. Subs used: Bell, Sismey, Walker.