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Pinchbeck assistant manager wants more concentration from players if they want to beat drop




Pinchbeck United assistant manager Jimmy Brattan blamed his side's 2-0 defeat at Wellingborough Town on a "lack of concentration" that led to both goals.

The Knights fell behind to a Sean McBride strike five minutes before half-time and Ryan Lovell added a second for the Doughboys with 16 minutes to go.

Player-manager Ian Dunn came on in the second half for Pinchbeck, replacing injured left back Odie Wason, as part of a three-man defence alongside Kane Gilbert and Dan Worthington.

Pinchbeck United player-manager Ian Dunn played the second half at Wellingborough Town in a three-man defence.
Photo: SG-071219-028TW.
Pinchbeck United player-manager Ian Dunn played the second half at Wellingborough Town in a three-man defence. Photo: SG-071219-028TW.

Brattan said: "The effort was a lot, lot better but we just lack a cutting edge at the moment.

"We've got a young squad, with some of the lads being academy players from Lincoln City who have come to us on a bit of work experience.

"It's a different level to what they are used to and so they lack the experience when they come up against players who have been at this level for a while.

Pinchbeck United assistant manager Jimmy Brattan (left) with manager Ian Dunn.Photo: SG-271219-047TW.
Pinchbeck United assistant manager Jimmy Brattan (left) with manager Ian Dunn.Photo: SG-271219-047TW.

"Both goals didn't come through Wellingborough breaking us down in open play because the few shots they did have were excellently saved by Ross Woolley.

"They didn't have us open until the 40th minute when Tyler Finley allowed their man to get goal-side of him.

"Before the second goal, they didn't really force us into any problems at the back.

"The second goal came from a lack of communication and it just opened us up.

"We're creating our own problems because of not staying concentrated for the whole of the 90 minutes."

Brattan, now in his second month as the Knights' assistant manager, looked forward to Saturday's trip to fourth-placed Shepshed Dynamo as a chance for his side to play without the kind of tension that saw them buckle in the second half at relegation rivals Sleaford Town last Saturday.

"Shepshed sit fourth in the table for a reason and we go there with no pressure on the boys," Brattan said.

Pinchbeck United goalkeeper Ross Woolley made several good saves in the first half at Wellingborough Town on Tuesday night.
Pinchbeck United goalkeeper Ross Woolley made several good saves in the first half at Wellingborough Town on Tuesday night.

"There are still a lot of points to play for and I'm sure that Sleaford will drop points, just as we'll do.

"We'll go into every game and give it a go, trying to turn our form around."


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