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Pinchbeck and Spalding to serve up pre-season friendly derby on Friday

Pinchbeck United have their second chance in a week to upset a Step 4 side when they meet Spalding United at their spiritual home on Friday night.

Having responded to the departure of ex-manager Ian Dunn with a committed display at Northern Premier League South/East Division side Wisbech Town last Saturday, Pinchbeck host the Tulips in another pre-season friendly behind closed doors at Knight Street.

After seeing his side lose 1-0 at the Fenland Stadium, first team coach Alfie Tate will once again lead the Knights into action against Spalding for whom striker Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is expected to make his first appearance since signing in May.

Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson (left) in action for Wisbech Town against Ilkeston Town last season.Photo: MFCP-20AF01306.
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson (left) in action for Wisbech Town against Ilkeston Town last season.Photo: MFCP-20AF01306.

Tate said: "It was a really impressive performance at Wisbech and the lads took a lot of positives from it as well, especially against a Step 4 side.

"I've always been a confident manager of first team coach, but to run the whole show of warm-ups and tactics was a bit different and perhaps a little bit more stressful.

"But they are a good group who did well on Saturday and none of them looked out of place.

"Having said that, I don't want the lads to treat Friday's game like a training session just because we're doing well.

"The lads should know what to expect in terms of the standard they'll be up against, having played Wisbech on Saturday."

Meanwhile, Spalding manager Lewis Thorogood will also have faithful goalkeeper Michael Duggan, defender Ben Greenwood and "a couple of prospective new signings" to field at Knight Street.

"It'll be an interesting test against Pinchbeck who are going through a transitional phase," Thorogood said.

"They'll have players who will be looking to impress and show their worth to Alfie Tate, the chairman (Gary Coomes) and a prospective new manager.

"Pinchbeck will also want local bragging rights, pre-season friendly or otherwise, so they'll be wanting to go out and show what they're about.

"It's going to be difficult but I'm looking forward to it off the back of last week's game at Newark.

"We've got a lot of players back who haven't been with us for a short period of time and it will be good to give them a run out."

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