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Pinchbeck United host Hucknall Town in the United Counties League





Manager Lewis Thorogood feels his Pinchbeck United side can shape the destiny of their season with victory in their relegation showdown on Saturday.

The Knights host Hucknall Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground in the battle of the bottom two sides in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

Victory for either side - who have both shown an upturn in form in recent weeks - will make them favourites to escape the drop going into the final two games of the season.

Knights boss Lewis Thorogood.
Knights boss Lewis Thorogood.

They are both locked together on the same amount of points at the foot of the table with Hucknall having a far superior goal difference.

Thorogood said: "It will define how the season will finish. It is like a cup final and we want to make it a special day.

"We gave ourselves a chance last weekend with the win over Belper and a bit of hope.

"This week's win at Eastwood means we've given ourselves a better chance and a bit more control.

"If we can back it up this weekend then we could be in the driving seat but we're not getting carried away."

Pinchbeck go into Saturday's crucial contest buoyed by back-to-back wins and consecutive clean sheets.

And Thorogood is hoping for a strong show of support with their Nottinghamshire visitors expected to bring a healthy travelling contingent.

The Pinchbeck manager added: "Hucknall are bringing big travelling support and we want to fill the place out as best we can. We need to match their support.

"We also need to carry that spirit and confidence from the last two games into Saturday and not deviate from what we've done in those matches.

"The last three games are going to be difficult and we won't be taking anything for granted and presuming we'll get results because you can easily be derailed."

Deeping Rangers will be aiming to halt a six-match losing streak when they travel to Heanor while Division One champions elect Bourne Town visit Clifton All Whites.

Holbeach make the trip to face Needham Market Under 23s in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One North with manager Danny Clifton looking for more of the same from his side after their impressive weekend win at Harwich & Parkeston.

He said: "I was really pleased with how Saturday's game panned out. Everything was really good.

"The confidence is sky high and I'm hoping that they understand everything which they did right last weekend.

"The difference between the two sides was unbelievable and that is how we've got to be. We need to do the things again which make you become the dominant team because they are the ones who win the game."

The Tigers are currently four points adrift of the play-off places after fifth-placed Cornard United were midweek winners at Haverhill Rovers.



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