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Reaction from Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood after his side's derby draw with Holbeach United

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Knights boss Lewis Thorogood admitted his side's derby day draw with Holbeach United felt like two points dropped.

Pinchbeck remain two points clear of the United Counties League Premier Division North drop zone following the 1-1 draw at the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Bank Holiday Monday.

But Thorogood was disappointed that his side didn't make the most of their early dominance in the derby duel.

Marcel Chipamaunga fires over. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Marcel Chipamaunga fires over. Photo: Chris Lowndes

He said: "It was very edgy for both teams in front of a big crowd so credit to all those who turned out.

"We dominated the first 35 minutes and, if Marcel Chipamaunga's chance had gone in, it would have changed the whole complexion of the game.

"We were on top at the start and had enough chances to win the game so it does feel like two points dropped but, saying that, it is another point on the board which keeps us ticking over.

"If we can continue with that sort of way of playing then we will pick more points up than we will drop.

"It was a typical cagey derby game. Both teams were nervy not to concede things or to gamble too much.

"I'm not trying to be bias but, on the balance of play, we probably should have won the game but you have to put your chances away.

"When your confidence is low, which applies to both teams, it is very difficult to suddenly switch it on.

"We had the pace up there and created the chances so, from my perspective, I am disappointed because it does feel like two points dropped."

Pinchbeck had fallen behind to an own goal early in the second half but had equalised within four minutes through Archie Moyses' free-kick.

The Knights bench after Archie Moyses' equaliser. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The Knights bench after Archie Moyses' equaliser. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Thorogood added: "I always knew that it was going to be a difficult game because it was a totally different Holbeach side to what it has been recently.

"They were always going to raise their game for a local derby but we showed character after going behind, especially in a game like this because it would have been easy to just snatch at things and start panicking."

Pinchbeck will now turn their attention another to derby duel when they visit Boston Town on Saturday.

The fourth-placed Poachers were 3-1 winners against the Knights in November and will be aiming to complete a league double.

Thorogood added: "We didn't lose the game on Monday and we now have to build on that going into the Boston game which will obviously be a very a different match so we will have to give it a good go.

"There was some good individual performances on Monday and we looked like that we wanted to battle which was good.

"We will take the point and move forward to Saturday's match against Boston Town."

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