Pinchbeck United to host Doncaster Rovers Academy side at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field
Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood has issued an appeal to the people of south Lincolnshire to come out and support his new-look Knights team on Saturday.
They host a Doncaster Rovers Academy side at the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Saturday in a friendly fixture that kicks-off at 1pm.
The match is Pinchbeck’s first pre-season game at their league home where they will tackle a talented and highly-rated young Rovers side.
Thorogood said: “It will be a great opportunity for us to come and play at the ground we will be using this season.
“All of our friendlies so far have been at Knight Street so we haven’t had chance to play at Spalding yet.
“It’s a case of acclimatising ready for the first league game and I am hoping that people will come down and watch us.
“Doncaster will be a really good outfit. They will move the ball quickly and, being full-time, will be fit and athletic so it’s a great test for us.
“Hopefully we will be able to impose a bit of physicality on them which is what we need to be doing.
“It’s also an opportunity for me to play my strongest eleven and see if they can match that pace.”
The Knights have made a number of new signings during the close season with Neal Spafford, Alex Smith, Scott Waumsley, Jake Knight and Enoch Opayinka among their recruits.
Thorogood added: “If we can and do find one or two more which maybe just gives us a bit more depth in a couple of positions then that’s brilliant but we’re not going to rush out and bring anybody in as it must be the right person.
“I am hoping to be in a position where business is done this week so we can spend the last week to 10 days getting ready for the opening league game.
“The squad is gelling well and I’m really happy with what we’re doing.”
Saturday’s match is Pinchbeck’s first game for a fortnight following the cancellation of planned friendlies with Holwell Sports and Swaffham due to coronavirus concerns.
The Knight boss explained: “It has thrown our plans a little bit. The idea was to play Holwell last Wednesday night and give some of the squad players minutes.
“We would have then gone to Swaffham who are at an equivalent step to us and obviously again put a strong eleven out.
“Covid is becoming a regular occurrence though within the world at the moment so we just have to be patient with it.
“Safety and the health and welfare of players in every team is more important than a pre-season friendly.”
Pinchbeck are also in action on Tuesday night when they host Lincolnshire League side Wyberton at Knight Street.