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Pinchbeck United host Holbeach United in a crunch United Counties League Premier Division North clash



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Pinchbeck United and Holbeach United are set to lock horns on Monday afternoon in a must-win derby duel for both sides.

The two teams met at the Sir Halley Stewart ground (kick-off 3pm) aiming to secure a vital three points in their quest to avoid relegation from the United Counties League Premier Division North.

Third-from-bottom Pinchbeck are currently two points clear of the danger zone ahead of crucial clashes with the Tigers and Eastwood as well as a derby duel with Boston Town in the coming weeks.

Holbeach and Pinchbeck shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Carter's Park earlier this season. (53995992)
Holbeach and Pinchbeck shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Carter's Park earlier this season. (53995992)

Manager Lewis Thorogood said: "We have got a big two or three weeks coming up now with games that we have to identify as ones to be winning.

"It's a must-win game for us against Holbeach. We will come in and train this week and will look at who I think is prepared mentally and physically for that battle.

"It will be a battle, irrespective if they have some new players in or not. For bragging rights alone, Holbeach will not want to lose a local derby.

"We have to make sure that we prepare the best way possible. Holbeach will have the advantage of not playing on Tuesday so they could be a bit fresher.

"We will look at where we are at, who we have available and who we think is the best personnel to get the result that we need.

"It will be very much like we did with the Selston game because there is an argument to say that, when you're in this position, you have to pick your battles.

"We have to go into every game hoping to get something out of it but there are matches where we should be getting something out of them and Holbeach and Eastwood are two of those in particular."

The Knights are hoping to have Harry Peasgood, Kyle Onyon and Fin Armond all available for selection after they missed the defeat against Skegness Town on Tuesday.

Holbeach's festive fixture with Deeping Rangers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Carter's Park.

Dan Dougill.
Dan Dougill.

However, recently-appointed boss Danny Clifton has been bolstering the Tigers' ranks after taking the helm last month.

He will have former Wisbech player Dan Dougill available for selection on Monday as he is back home from his studies in America for the festive period.

Sam Harris has also joined the Tigers from league rivals Sleaford Town while George Warrington has made the switch from Blackstones.

Clifton has also signed prolific strike duo Lewis Baughan and Ryley Nicholson-Barfoot from his former club Yaxley.

Baughan has bagged 13 goals in 12 games for the Cuckoos' second string this season with Nicholson-Barfoot netting 11 times in 17 matches.

Experienced goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace has also returned to the Tigers' ranks but they will be without young striker Kyle Compton on Monday as he starts a three-match suspension following his sending off against Skegness.

Will Gore - who made his Holbeach debut in their last match against the Lilywhites - has moved to Division One side Harrowby United.

Ricky Lovelace (54022470)
Ricky Lovelace (54022470)

Deeping host Sleaford Town on Monday in the Premier Division North but Bourne's home match with Harrowby United in Division One has been postponed due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak in the Wakes' camp.



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