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Pinchbeck United face UCL Premier League relegation battle at Sleaford Town




Will Saturday be the day when Pinchbeck United end their six-month wait for a win at Sleaford Town in the uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division?

Just three more points have come from the last 20 games since goals from Ollie Maltby and Jamie Gaukroger gave the Knights a 2-1 victory over the Greens on August 7, 2019.

Ian Dunn's side have struggled to score, just 16 league goals this season, but also stop their opponents from scoring after 60 goals 22 games.

Pinchbeck United manager Ian Dunn (centre).Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-280120-18.
Pinchbeck United manager Ian Dunn (centre).Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-280120-18.

Just a point separates Pinchbeck and Sleaford, 19th and 20th respectively in the Premier Division, but Dunn's men are worth an extra point because of their better goal difference, -44 compared to their relegation rivals' -95.

Dunn said: "Both teams have so few points that this chance to play each other means the points up for grabs are bigger.

"If we can get the win, it puts us four points clear and if Sleaford win, they'll go above us in the table.

Sleaford Town players, who host Pinchbeck United on Saturday, after their 9-0 league defeat at Holbeach United in December 2019.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-211219-326TW.
Sleaford Town players, who host Pinchbeck United on Saturday, after their 9-0 league defeat at Holbeach United in December 2019.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-211219-326TW.

"For me, it's down to the team who wants it on the day and goes that bit further to make the least mistakes.

"I don't think the Sleaford game is the be-all and end- all because there's still a long way to go in the season.

"But three points there would put some daylight between us so it'll be an interesting game."

Pinchbeck welcome back Ndreqim Krashiqi and Dan Worthington after both players served three-match bans.

Dan Worthington is back for Pinchbeck United after a three-match suspension to face his former club Sleaford Town on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-291019-018TW.
Dan Worthington is back for Pinchbeck United after a three-match suspension to face his former club Sleaford Town on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-291019-018TW.

The Knights go to Eslaforde Park also knowing that options are available up front through recent signings Ewan Fieldhouse, in his second spell at Pinchbeck, and ex-Wisbech St Mary frontman Adam Richardson.

But Dunn may decide instead to go with youth and give young prospect Sam Bayly a start, having impressed when coming of the bench in Pinchbeck's 3-1 defeat at home to Anstey Nomads last Saturday.

"Sam came on and looked really lively, very direct with good pace and an eye for goal," Dunn said.

Sam Bayly could start for Pinchbeck United at Sleaford Town on Saturday.Photo supplied. (28434782)
Sam Bayly could start for Pinchbeck United at Sleaford Town on Saturday.Photo supplied. (28434782)

"He was one of the brighter lights on the day and there's a very good chance that he'll start on Saturday.

"We're in games but don't take chances, while switching off at set pieces and not defending properly at the other end.

"There was a point, if not all three, for the taking against Anstey but we dropped below the standards we'd set for ourselves."



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