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Holbeach United face Pinchbeck United in United Counties League Premier Division North match at Carter's Park



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Holbeach United will be aiming to net their first league win of the season as Pinchbeck seek to lay another demon to rest in Saturday’s derby duel at Carter’s Park.

The two sides clash in the United Counties League Premier Division North match having endured differing fortunes last weekend.

Two late goals saw the battling Tigers defeated by visiting Quorn in their first home match of the season, while Pinchbeck were ending their two-year wait for a league win after defeating Selston.

Holbeach United players look on as the referee Matthew Friend signals Quorn’s equalising goal on Saturday.
Holbeach United players look on as the referee Matthew Friend signals Quorn’s equalising goal on Saturday.

Holbeach boss Phil Barnes has been pleased with the efforts of his charges this season during a campaign that has seen all teams hit by player unavailability issues.

He said: “The players took on board what we wanted at the weekend and gave everything for the shirt which is all you can ask.

“We have just got to dust ourselves down again and keep going because Saturday’s match against Pinchbeck is an early season six-pointer for us.”

Pinchbeck boss Lewis Thorogood felt his side’s win had lifted the pressure off his players as they seek their first Premier Division win over the Tigers.

He said: “Hopefully we can kick on after Saturday’s win and we now go to Holbeach with confidence.

“It’s a game we can enjoy and hopefully put another demon to rest by getting a victory against our local rivals.

“We will go there with our heads held high and see what we can do.”

Deeping Rangers start a run of three successive home games on Saturday when they host Melton Town in the Premier Division.

Luke Hunnings and Jack Bloodworth are both expected to return to the squad as Clarets boss Daniel French looks for his side to continue their unbeaten run at the Haydon Whitham Stadium this season.

French said: “We are generally strong at home and hopefully that can continue, but we haven’t been great starters in the first half of matches so far this season other than the game at Boston.

“We are the sort of team that is quite fit and comes on strong in the second half with the strength in depth to make impact changes as well, so it is important that we are still in the game at that point.”

Spalding United take a break from league action this weekend when they visit Midland League side Tividale in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Bourne - who were beaten 6-1 at Harrowby United on Tuesday night - travel to Hucknall in Division One of the United Counties League.



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