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Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood is aiming to start shaping his squad for the new campaign ahead of their next two pre-season tests.

The Knights entertain United Counties League Division One side Barrow Town at Glebe Field tonight (Thursday, 7.30pm kick-off).

They then host King’s Lynn Under 23s next Wednesday night (7pm) as Pinchbeck look to build on a series of positive pre-season performances.

Match action from the pre-season clash between Pinchbeck and Spalding. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57980553)
Match action from the pre-season clash between Pinchbeck and Spalding. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57980553)

They beat Thurlow Nunn League side Heacham in their opening game before narrowly losing to Spalding United last week.

A 3-2 home loss to higher level Lincoln United on Saturday was then followed by a 3-2 win over Lincolnshire League side Lincoln Moorlands on Tuesday night.

Thorogood said: “I was satisfied after Tuesday and it was good to get another win because it breeds good habits.

“Lincoln Moorlands should really be a Step 6 side. They are very physical and direct and it was a very good test.

“We were a bit mixed and matched and rested some of the more senior players, but were quick and direct going forward.

“It also answered the question on two or three players and it helped me get some minutes into the legs of those coming back.

“I can take lots from it and it was a worthwhile test. We need to now get a settled and consistent squad so we can drill down and work on continuity and get an understanding between everybody.

“We have got to start shaping our team a little bit now in the next two games.”

Kyle Onyon was on target twice in Tuesday night’s win as the Knights continued their impressive goalscoring run during pre-season.

They have netted nine goals in four friendlies, having netted just 33 times in 34 league matches last season.

Thorogood added: “I can take a lot of heart from the fact that we have scored nine goals in four games and that’s a real positive for us.

“We have to cut out some of our naive defending at times though or lapses in concentration, but equally we are now getting to that point of pre-season where we’re not going to be mixing and matching as much.

“Barrow will be a fair test for us while King’s Lynn will be fit and strong who will go for 90 minutes.

“They will probably be a good kind of replication of Loughborough Students as they will move the ball around really quickly.”

The Knights will host highly-rated Loughborough in the opening match of their new United Counties League Premier Division campaign on Saturday, July 30.

They then entertain Wisbech Town – who this week appointed former Spalding striker Leon Mettam as their new manager with ex-Tulip Danny Brooks as his assistant – on Wednesday, August 3.

Thorogood said: “I think I would rather play Loughborough at the start of the season because people are still trying to get a feel for it in the first couple of games.

“We played them twice last season and both games were 0-0 at half-time. It was purely a lack of fitness in one respect and organisation on another which cost us the two goals.

“It will be a tough test but hopefully they won’t be in their flow of competitive football yet.”



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