Pinchbeck United are beaten by Boston Town in the United Counties League Premier Division North
Manager Lewis Thorogood wants to see his Pinchbeck United side start grinding out results after they suffered a gallant derby defeat against Boston Town on Saturday.
The Knights played for three-quarters of the United Counties League Premier Division North contest with 10 men following the dismissal of Ben Robson for hand-ball on the goalline.
They trailed by a goal at the break to their high-flying visitors but levelled early in the second period through Jack Fixter's penalty.
However, former Pinchbeck player Lee Beeson restored the Poachers' lead with Abou Sylla then adding a third as the Knights suffered an eighth successive league defeat.
Boss Thorgood felt the dismissal had a big impact on proceedings but could take heart from a battling all-round display from his side.
He said: "The sending off has changed the game because there wasn't much in it between the two sides in the first half.
"It's changed our dynamics because we have had to go one-versus-one at the back which does expose you as it is a risk.
"I was disappointed with the first goal that we conceded because it came from a corner where they played it out and we could have done better with the shot.
"To be fair to us, we dug in after that and actually settled the game down to see it through to half-time where we have given ourselves half a chance.
"We've come out for the second half and been really bright and positive and credit to Fin Armond as he's made some good runs down the right, Jack Fixter has held the ball up well and we've got the penalty.
"We got ourselves back in it, although we knew it was going to be difficult with 10 men because Boston had good width in their game.
"They've got bright strikers and I thought that Kuwsi Ofushine was outstanding. He ran the show and credit to him for that.
"The second goal was a hard one to take for me as we've allowed their player to cut inside and get his shot away.
"Credit to Boston Town because they have a way of grinding out results. They've got a togetherness and have that momentum.
"I thought we looked bright and positive in areas and I'll give credit to the players as they kept going and kept looking to get forward.
"We showed an attitude where we never gave up. It would have been easy to put the flag up a couple of times during the game but we kept going.
"From my perspective though, we've got to grind results out and need to keep working and doing what we're doing."
Pinchbeck had started brightly with both Fixter and Nick Jackson sending efforts at the Boston goal in the early exchanges.
The Poachers responded with Beeson seeing a free-kick saved by home goalkeeper Alex Smith before the duo went head-to-head again from the penalty spot after an incident that saw Pinchbeck reduced to 10 men.
Luke White's curling shot hit Robson on the line with the referee ruling that the Pinchbeck player had handled the effort.
He was red-carded but penalty-saving supremo Smith kept the Knights on level terms as he again excelled from the spot by saving Beeson's effort.
However, Beeson was to have the next say in proceedings as he put Boston ahead just past the half-hour mark when he drove home a near post finish after being teed up by Harry Limb.
Pinchbeck didn't let the double setback deter them though and Dan Worthington saw a shot was well saved by Ross Woolley in the Boston goal after a marauding run forward.
Fixter fired another effort just over the crossbar as 10-man Pinchbeck remained in the contest at the break.
They again started well in the second period and both Armond and Ben Johnson forced saves from Woolley in quick succession.
The Knights then got back on level terms when Armond burst into the box and was upended as he closed in on goal by Jordan Tate who was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a yellow card.
Fixter sent Woolley the wrong way from the penalty spot and it was Boston's turn to look for a response.
Limb saw a shot well blocked by Worthington before Beeson put the Poachers back in front as he evaded a challenge before hitting a fine strike into the roof of the home net.
Limb then rattled the post with a cross-shot as Boston looked for the third goal to put the contest beyond Pinchbeck's reach.
It then arrived with 73 minutes remaining as Sylla appeared to beat the offside trap to latch onto a long ball and lift his shot over the advancing Smith and ensure the fifth-placed Poachers tasted derby delight.
Pinchbeck: Smith, Worthington, Robson, Moyses, Spafford, Jackson, Armond, Melson (Stevens), Fixter (Gagyi), Johnson (Gomes), Kacirek. Subs not used: Taylor, Brooks.