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Pinchbeck United are beaten by Harborough in their opening match of the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup

Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood feels addressing his side's lack of firepower is the top priority after the Knights made a losing start to their Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup campaign on Saturday.

Thorogood's charges went down to a 2-0 home defeat in their opening group clash against Premier Division rivals Harborough Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Saturday.

Although the Knights boss was able to take a number of positives from their group opener, his major issue was their lack of a goal threat against a Bees side who pocketed the points thanks to second half strikes from Callum Milne and Ben Williams.

Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034333)
Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034333)

Thorogood said: "My biggest concern is that we didn't look like we were going to score.

"We could have been here until Wednesday and not scored in any way, shape or form.

"It is a deficiency which we have to rectify and sort out very quickly.

"There were areas of positivity, but my biggest concern is obviously the lack of goalscoring power."

Harborough dominated the possession for large parts of a contest that was played behind closed doors.

However, they struggled to create clear-cut openings in the first period against a well-drilled Knights side who themselves rarely threatened the visiting goal.

Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034283)
Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034283)

Thorogood added: "Our back four looked fairly solid and steady, but a lack of communcation and a poor clearance led to the first goal.

"We have then gone with three at the back late on to try and get something out of the game and they have scored their second goal.

"I would probably have taken a 1-0 defeat against Harborough as stupid as that might sound because, when I looked at this competition, I thought we might struggle to get something out of this game.

"Harborough have got lots of experience and physicality which we have to learn to cope with but a 2-0 scoreline was disappointing.

"It is only one game though. We have got another four left in this competition to put it right."

The Bees went close to breaking the deadlock in the early stages as skipper Williams rattled the upright with a header from a corner.

Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034343)
Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034343)

Josh Walsh then fizzed a shot narrowly wide before Milne had the ball in the home net only for his effort to be disallowed for offside.

Harborough continued to turn up the pressure on the Knights and Jordan Henson, Milne, Dan Cooper and Williams all went close for the visitors, however, the Knights held out until the interval.

Harborough kept on the front foot after the restart and Dan Forbes headed a decent opening wide before Milne was thwarted by an excellent fingertip save from Ben Martin in the home goal.

However, shortly after, Harborough substitute Merson Styles picked out Milne at the back post and he headed Harborough in front after 65 minutes.

Pinchbeck briefly responded with an Archie Moyses free-kick warming the hands of visiting goalkeeper Elliott Taylor who gathered at the second attempt.

His opposite number Martin was by far the busier of the two keepers though and he made a couple of vital saves to keep Pinchbeck in the game.

Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034254)
Pinchbeck v Harborough. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46034254)

Bees substitute Silvand Obeng saw an effort disallowed for offside before Joel Kontek cracked a sweet strike which hit the home crossbar.

Martin made an acrobatic stop to thwart from Deeping Rangers striker Scott Mooney who had been introduced as a late substitute before the Bees sealed their success in injury-time as Williams headed home Konteh's corner.

Pinchbeck: Martin, Brown, Burkitt (Waby), Worthington, Moyses, Fixter, Bell (Oldham), Melson, Holland (Burutsa), Jepson, Burrell (Kacirek).

Harborough: Taylor, Cooper, Bartlett (Styles), Preston, Williams, Henson, Milne, Walsh (Ireland), Wakefield (Obeng), Forbes (Falcini), Konteh.

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