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Pinchbeck beat Eastwood CFC in the United Counties League

A performance full of spirit and desire helped Pinchbeck United move off the foot of the league table on Saturday.

The Knights stunned play-off chasing Eastwood with a 1-0 away win in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

It ensured they moved above Hucknall in the table after back-to-back wins and successive clean sheets for Lewis Thorogood's side.

Ben Robson scored Pinchbeck's goal.
Ben Robson scored Pinchbeck's goal.

The Pinchbeck manager said: "It was a great win and I am proud of everybody for what they have done.

"I was quietly cautious going into the game because Eastwood have got a very good offensive line-up and several players with step four breeding.

"But this young group of players, who have been written off by just about everybody outside the club, have started to find ways of winning games which is nice to see.

"The way we grafted and worked for each other and the spirit and desire which we had were the differentiators."

The Knights were able to field the same starting line-up which had beaten Belper United seven days before.

They were also boosted by the return of experienced duo Neal Spafford and Archie Moyses to their squad for the trip to face an Eastwood side who had won 6-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

The all-important goal arrived in the first half as Ben Robson fired a fine finish into the bottom corner of the home net from outside the penalty area.

The Knights could have added a second goal shortly after but Flynn Slater shot over when well-placed.

Eastwood went close with a header that was just wide but it was Pinchbeck who continued to create the better chances after the break.

Hugo Hunt shot wide after being sent clear in a one-on-one with the Eastwood goalkeeper who then saved well in a similar situation with Nathan Bowen.

The hosts then put two close range efforts over the crossbar with Knights goalkeeper Lewis Cox turning another effort around the post to ensure a fine win for his side.

They are now a point clear of Hucknall who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Heanor.

Hucknall host Belper United tomorrow night (Wednesday) before they visit Pinchbeck in a crunch clash on Saturday.

Thorogood added: "My worries before Saturday's games were about being seven points behind them going into this weekend's match.

"The worst case scenario now is that we'll be two points behind them having played the same amount of games.

"We will pray to the skies that maybe Hucknall will draw or lose on Wednesday night but, whatever happens, we still know that we can go into Saturday's game with an element of control.

"Even if we are two points behind them before the game, we can be back in front of them again if we beat them with a two-game shoot-out left."

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