Pinchbeck United are defeated by Wisbech Town in a friendly clash
Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood feels his side are starting to create their own identity.
The Knights played their third match since the ending of lockdown on Tuesday when they hosted Northern Premier League South East Division side Wisbech Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.
Although Pinchbeck went down to a 2-0 defeat against their higher level visitors, Thorogood was encouraged by his side's display ahead of Saturday's return to Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup action against Rothwell Corinthians.
He said: "The key thing about Tuesday's game was would it help move us forward and make us better prepared for Saturday's match against Rothwell - and the answer to that is yes.
"We looked fitter, the tempo was better, we played out from the back and showed a lot more tenacity.
"Don't get me wrong there were areas where we were up against it but you would expect that because Wisbech have got seasoned step four players in their team.
"We are starting to get an identity now though which was the key. We have had to tweak our formation and chop and change a few things to look at a few bits but I am encouraged.
"We can build on this performance and take that into Saturday and then move forward again. It's a real nut that we have cracked."
The Knights fell behind midway through the first half of Tuesday’s friendly as Aaron Hart took advantage of some defensive uncertainty in the home rearguard.
Although Knights goalkeeper Ben Martin made an excellent save to keep out Hart’s close range strike, Eoin McQuaid pounced on the rebound to drill home a low finish into the bottom corner.
Martin then had to deny McQuaid again moments later with a smart save before Liam Adams fired a good opening over the crossbar.
Kuda Burutsa just failed to get a dangerous ball to the back post under control when well-placed for the home side before Martin again excelled with a superb reaction save to deny Jack Keeble.
Pinchbeck showed more attacking promise after the break with their triallist striker a prominent threat to the Wisbech defence.
He was denied by a decent stop from the Wisbech goalkeeper after a deft pass from Elliott Burrell before sending a shot just past the far post after a strong surging run.
Wisbech wrapped up the win with 10 minutes remaining as former Holbeach striker Adams latched onto a loose ball and powered into the box before firing home a low finish.
The Knights again went close in the dying throes with Connor Bell having a strong penalty appeal turned down after being caught by a late challenge having already got his shot away that flew over the crossbar.
Saturday's match against Rothwell Corinthians – which is again being played behind closed doors - will kick-off at 12.30pm following a recommendation from the Football Association that no fixtures take place between 2.45pm and 4.15pm as a mark of respect due to the funeral of Prince Philip.