Promise of better to come from 'a learning curve'
Pinchbeck United player-manager Ian Dunn found plenty of positives in the
performance - despite Friday night's result.
The Knights handed out a number of league debuts in the 3-1 defeat at Peterborough Northern Star.
Goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace, captain Nick Bishop and goalscorer Ollie Maltby were the only players in the starting line-up who were involved regularly last season.
Dunn reflected: "I felt we were in the game for most of the night until the second and third goals went in really quickly.
"We just lacked a cutting edge in the final third. We had good moves in good positions but didn't really execute the final pass or make the right decision to hurt them.
"One decent bit of football in the right area, when we put the ball into the box, brought our equaliser.
"Maltby had been in and out of the game because he didn't get the ball inside the penalty area during the first half. He needs those touches to score goals.
"At the other end, Craig Smith looked very good and his hat-trick was the difference between the teams. He had great movement and he will cause problems all season.
"After we scored, we had a period when we got on top and they looked rattled. We didn't force saves from the keeper, though, when we needed to finish off the moves.
"We switched off for both goals and we've got naivety in the side.
"Smith scored a great header from a good run and I'm not sure what happened before his third goal of the night.
"We had given the ball away again and we've got to learn quickly how to play UCL football. You must make the right decisions at the right times.
"It's a learning curve but there were certainly flashes of promise and plenty of positives in some good performances to take away from this game.
"It's going to be a tougher league and a completely different season.
"We would have been very happy with a point but it wasn't to be."
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