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Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood wants his side to show a ruthless streak in their battle to beat relegation.

The third-from-bottom Knights are just two points clear of the United Counties League Premier Division North drop zone ahead of Saturday's home match with Eastwood at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

Their Nottinghamshire visitors are only two places above the Knights in the league table and stopped a four-match losing streak on Saturday when they shared the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Heather St Johns.

Knights boss Lewis Thorogood. (54250813)
Knights boss Lewis Thorogood. (54250813)

Pinchbeck's scheduled derby duel with Boston Town on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and Thorogood is hoping his side are eager to return to action this weekend as they look to avenge a 6-0 away defeat in the reverse fixture at Eastwood in October.

He said: "It is an important game on Saturday because we've got 13 matches left and we have to start picking up some points.

"It won't take too much to get ourselves clear but we also can't rest on our laurels and just think that it's alright to do it the week after or something like that.

"Everything is very much in our control and hopefully we will come back more hungry for it in what will be a very competitive game.

"Eastwood have obviously lost some of their big names recently for whatever reason and are rebuilding with a fairly young side.

"Credit to them though because they got a good point against Heather St Johns on Saturday so I expect them to come with plenty of confidence.

"They will look at the result from the last time that we played them and think that it's three points in the bag.

"We have to work as hard as we did against Holbeach in our last match, but we need to be a little bit more clinical in terms of what we do in front of goal.

"That could arguably be the story of our season so far but we go into the game with a squad which is rested and we'll see where it takes and what we can do.

"I don't feel there will probably be much between the two sides. I think it could come down to who has the most composure."

Andre Williams. (54259135)
Andre Williams. (54259135)

The Knights have been boosted by the return of winger Andre Williams to the club from Holbeach United.

Williams featured once for Pinchbeck earlier this season on dual registration from Wisbech Town before switching to the Tigers.

Boss Thorogood added: "Andre will give us that little bit of experience, power and strength.

"He's a quality player and, if he's got the right players around him with the right work-rate and ethics, then he will stand up and be counted for us."

Spalding United will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run under new manager Brett Whaley who takes charge of the Tulips for the third time when they visit Cambridge City in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

Deeping Rangers host Boston Town in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

Spalding United's Bailey Baker has signed United Counties League forms with Holbeach.
Spalding United's Bailey Baker has signed United Counties League forms with Holbeach.

Holbeach United - who are without a United Counties League match this weekend - were beaten 5-2 in a friendly at Whittlesey on Wednesday night with Lewis Baughan bagging both of their goals.

They entertain Peterborough League side Warboys Town in another friendly tonight (Friday) in a match that kicks-off at 7.45pm at Carter's Park.

The Tigers have signed Bailey Baker from neighbours Deeping Rangers with the defender remaining dual registered with Spalding United.

Josh Wilson has also made the switch to Carter's Park having played for Yaxley Reserves this season.



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