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A quick-fire double strike helped set Pinchbeck on their way to their first victory of the United Counties League season on Wednesday night.

Elliot Foster and Harry Peasgood netted the second half goals that helped the Knights record a 2-1 victory over Wisbech Town in the Premier Division North clash at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

Danny Setchell did reduce the arrears for the Fenmen with 11 minutes remaining to set up a tense finale where Lewis Thorogood's side held their nerve to take the three points.

Elliot Foster (58433534)
Elliot Foster (58433534)

Pinchbeck had created the better chances in the first half but were unable to find a way past Wisbech goalkeeper Luke Pearson.

It was then home custodian Alex Smith who helped keep Wisbech at bay during their best spell of the game at the start of the second half before Pinchbeck found their goal touch.

Boss Thorogood said: "We were good enough in the first half to probably get a couple of goals but we didn't put our chances away.

"The positive is that we created chances but, like any local derby, there is pressure and you do start to get a bit twitchy that we would get punished if we didn't start putting them away.

"I was worried about that but, give the lads credit, because they came out in the second half with the same desire, tempo, effort and work-rate.

"We were worthy of those couple of goals but Wisbech kept playing. They were worthy of their goal and I could just see things brewing and brewing and them getting an equaliser.

"You could feel it and sense it because the momentum was building which was worrying, but the boys showed a lot of character.

"We have carved out a result and I really wanted to try and get three points out of the first two games which we have done.

"We were worthy of our three points and we showed real heart and effort against a Wisbech side who will get their house in order and will get more points on the board than they lose."

The Knights had gone into the match after being beaten 2-0 by Loughborough Students in their league opener while Wisbech were 1-0 winners over AFC Mansfield.

Pinchbeck welcomed back striker Spencer Weir-Daley into their ranks while the Fenmen were boosted by the inclusion of the dual registered Setchell.

Former Spalding midfielder Kegan Everington came close to latching onto an early opening for the Fenmen but was beaten to the ball in the box by Smith before Pinchbeck created a flurry of openings.

Andre Williams picked out Foster with a pinpoint cross but Pearson was equal to his close range effort with a fine reaction save.

Neal Spafford then burst clear after a rampaging run but Pearson was again out to narrow the angle and save well.

Alex Smith (58433532)
Alex Smith (58433532)

The Wisbech goalkeeper then turned away a Foster shot which fell into the path of Weir-Daley who fired the rebound over the bar as the sides went into the break on level terms.

Wisbech looked to make the most of the opportunity of still being in the game as they responded strongly at the start of the second half.

Ex-Tulips defender Chris Ward sent a header over before Smith shone with a three top-drawer saves in quick succession.

He was down well to turn away a well-struck Danny Brooks free-kick before reacting sharply to block Everington's follow-up.

From the resultant corner, the ball fell invitingly for Ward who smashed his shot goalwards but Smith showed tremendous agility to finger-tip the ball over the bar at full stretch.

Wisbech were having their best spell of the game but, as often happens, Pinchbeck turned defence into attack to break the deadlock just past the hour mark.

Williams collected the ball wide on the left and swept a tremendous crossfield pass into the path of Foster who broke the offside trap before applying a fine finish over the advancing Pearson.

Foster then turned provider minutes later as his free-kick on the right picked out substitute Peasgood who planted a firm header into the Wisbech net just moments after his introduction.

The Knights were now full of confidence and Weir-Daley had a first-time shot saved by Pearson followed Zane Millar's cracking pass.

Ben Johnson then picked out Foster after a strong run forward but Pearson was again in the right place at the right time to keep out his fierce effort.

The Knights then suffered a blow when the experienced Spafford was forced off with a head injury and shortly after Wisbech reduced the arrears when Setchell drilled home a free-kick from just outside the area.

It was the lifeline that the Fenmen needed with just 11 minutes remaining, but Pinchbeck regrouped and their visitors struggled to create any clear-cut chances.

Owen Howard hit a decent effort narrowly over the crossbar but the Knights were equal to any raids on their goal and, when Smith safely gathered a high cross in the fifth minute of injury-time, the final whistle was blown for Pinchbeck's first three points of the season.

Knights: Smith, Simpson, Robson (Millar), Spafford (Parsons), Sheriff, Wiles, Williams, Stevens (Peasgood), Weir-Daley (Vieira), Johnson, Foster. Not used: Wilkinson (GK).

Fenmen: Pearson, Howard, Hamilton (Harris), Masiarz, Ward, Wallace, Kacirek (Janneh), Everington, Acar, Setchell, Brooks (Onyon). Not used: Mettam, Shackleton (GK).

Attendance: 147.



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