Pinchbeck struggle in rare competitive fixture
Pinchbeck United 0-3 G.N.G Oadby
United Counties League Premier Division
A much-changed Pinchbeck United couldn't reverse their fortunes from the season so far, as they succumbed to a 3-0 loss at home to G.N.G Oadby.
With only six players being the surviving casualties from their previous game against Boston Town, a new-look Knights side took to the field which also included Harry Limb, who is on a month-long loan from Stamford AFC.
It was a difficult game for the youthful side of Pinchbeck, who struggled to find their feet after a long lay-off with no games.
Prior to kick-off, there was a minute's applause for the late Mervyn Lane who manned the gate at both Spalding and Pinchbeck games, before Lane's family let off some balloons into the sky in remembrance.
The game started off in a frenetic pace with a penalty shout being turned away for the visitors just one minute into the game.
Pinchbeck then broke quickly and loan-signing Harry Limb put an effort wide from an acute angle.
Limb then had the Knights second chance and it was a carbon-copy of his first chance as he put an effort wide from the right side again.
However, as the game continued on, there was not much going on in the way of chances as both teams struggled to get a real foothold in the fixture.
That was until the 33rd minute when Oadby were gifted a guilt-edged opportunity from the penalty spot after a late challenge from Daniel Worthington, this was dispatched by Dan Sherbourne and despite Ben Martin getting something on the shot, he couldn't keep it out.
Most of the play was coming from the visitors' right-sided man in Lamar Parkes in what was a a difficult afternoon for Jack Brown.
Parkes then had a chance for the visitors after half-time as they broke well from a corner, and the ball found its way to the edge of the box where the tricky winger put his effort over the bar.
An acrobatic effort for goalscorer Sherbourne nearly caught Martin off-guard but his strike went wide of the goal, fortunately for Pinchbeck.
It was now time for Pinchbeck to mount some pressure of their own as Conor Bell made his way through most of the Oadby defence, before putting his strike narrowly wide.
A terrific effort from Sherbourne was saved extremely well in the 74th minute by Ben Martin.
However, just a minute later Cameron Powell got a goal as a long ball up the pitch left the striker to loop his header over the onrushing Martin and into the back of the net.
There was time for a few more chances in the 90th minute for both sides, and Oadby made it 3-0 when Rian Patel finished across Martin with his left foot to finish the game.
However, new-signing Harrison Holland had a chance to get a consolation goal after this as he robbed the Oadby defender of possession and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but his dinked effort hit the ball and they cleared it away.
With Holbeach United making the decision to not play football until they are out of tier three, Pinchbeck will be without a league fixture on Boxing Day and will be looking forward to their game against Deeping Rangers on the 2nd January in the new year.
Pinchbeck XI: Martin, Moyses, Fixter, Worthington, Brown, Armond, Jepson (Ramsden, 90), Melson, Burrell (Bell, 65), Jackson (Holland, 46), Limb.
Subs-not-used: Wood, Burkitt.
G.N.G. Oadby XI: Lescott, Richmond, Ashkir, Bairns, Adeniyi, Thandi (Aietan, 62), N. Patel (R. Patel, 72), Powell (Ruzvidzo, 78), Sherbourne, Zia, Parkes.
Subs-not-used: Sandhu, Hullait.
Bookings- Thandi (60), Bairns (70.
Man of the Match- Finlay Armond- For such a young lad he tried to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, and showed a lot of maturity in the centre of the park for the Knights, always trying to get on the ball and make things happen.