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Pinchbeck United concede seven goals in their United Counties League Premier Division North defeat at Long Eaton

Pinchbeck suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as Long Eaton maintained their unbeaten run in the United Counties League Premier Division North on Saturday.

The Derbyshire side netted three times in the opening period before scoring four more goals after the break to condemn the Knights to defeat.

The heavy reversal left manager Lewis Thorogood disappointed at how his side hadn't shown the battling qualities that had gained some decent results in recent league outings.

Knights boss Lewis Thorogood. (52128826)
Knights boss Lewis Thorogood. (52128826)

He said: "Long Eaton were a very good side.

"It was like playing a really good step four side. They turned the ball over really quickly, looked to get it down the sides and get the crosses in where they attack it.

"I can see why they're unbeaten all season and why they will probably end up in the top two or three of this league.

"We weren't at the races from the start which is difficult and, unlike the last few games where the first 10 minutes have been a real positive for us, we allowed them to take control of the game early doors.

"Sometimes you have to show a bit of character in those sort of games and dig in because we knew it was going to be difficult.

"You have to scrap and fight and try to be resilient and we didn't show that on Saturday."

Pinchbeck found themselves trailing inside the opening five minutes against a Long Eaton side who had been named the league's team of the month for September.

Jack Fixter fouled Kameron Campbell in a dangerous area and Tom Marshall stepped up to smash the resultant free-kick into the top corner of the Pinchbeck net.

Tom Marshall went close to doubling the hosts' lead moments later when he sent another shot just wide before Pinchbeck lost midfielder Harry Peasgood to injury.

Long Eaton continued to pile on the pressure and scored their second goal after 17 minutes when Cameron Baldock-Smith's attempted clearance went straight to Mitchell Robinson who made no mistake with a simple finish.

Jake Knight then had Pinchbeck's best chance of the half when he burst past a couple of challenges to break clear only to be thwarted by a superb save from home goalkeeper Sam Wilson.

The chance was just a slight break in Long Eaton's dominance though and they scored a third just past the half-hour mark when Campbell's superb centre was headed home by Alex Marshall.

Jake Knight was denied by a fine save from the Long Eaton goalkeeper. (52128824)
Jake Knight was denied by a fine save from the Long Eaton goalkeeper. (52128824)

The second half followed a similar pattern with Pinchbeck suffering another setback when Dan Worthington was forced off with a groin injury.

Knights goalkeeper Alex Smith tipped away a cross-come-shot from Brad Wilson before Long Eaton added a fourth just past the hour mark.

Tom Marshall's cross to the back post was headed goalwards by Alex Marshall with Romaine Graham bundling the ball home from close range.

Robinson scored his second and Long Eaton's fifth four minutes later as he headed home Tom Marshall's cross at the back post.

A sixth goal soon followed as substitute James Shaw slotted home from close range after Alex Marshall's initial shot had been blocked.

Long Eaton completed the scoring with 15 minutes remaining when Jamie Walker collected possession before firing home into the bottom corner of the Pinchbeck net.

Thorogood added: "We changed the formation at half-time to try and be hard to beat and for the first 15 minutes of the second half it worked.

"But then we went back to type and just didn't show that resilience or character and that batting quality to grind out results like we have done.

"When you play teams like that, you have to show a bit of character. We have got it in us but we just didn't bring it to the table on Saturday.

Knights: Smith, Worthington (Stevens), Robson, Baldock-Smith, Fixter, Spafford, Peasgood (Hebblethwaite), Melson, Knight, Gagyi, Neil. Sub not used: Havard.

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