Lewis Thorogood. Photo by ADRIAN SMITH

Knights get ready for Kingfisher Cup

Pinchbeck United are aiming for Kingfisher Lighting Premier Cup glory as they return to competitive action on Saturday.

The Knights are one of six United Counties League Premier Division teams to enter the competition and host Harborough Town in it at 3pm on Saturday.

Each team will play each other once with the top two going through to a final.

Lewis Thorogood’s side returned to the pitch last Saturday as they beat Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier League side Swaffham Town in a friendly.

The Knights went 1-0 down within the first 90 seconds to a Swaffham side who play at the same level of the non-league pyramid as them, but they took control of the game in the second half.

Elliott Burrell got them back on level terms, reacting quickest after a shot from distance hit the woodwork.

Two fine finishes within 10 minutes of each other from Harrison Holland then sealed the game.

“It was a good opportunity to get the lads some minutes against someone from the same level,” Thorogood said. “For the first 45 minutes we were a bit disjointed and couldn’t string many passes together, but I guess that’s the same for any side that’s not played for six months.

“We ironed a lot of that out at half time and looked solid at the back, we communicated, our link-up play was better and we played in the right areas. Getting a win was important.”

Thorogood says for the cup he’s got the same squad that last played against Shepshed Dynamo on Boxing Day before the league was null and voided with the addition of two or three players on trial.

“Ideally we’d like to win the competition,” he said. “But we want to build on Saturday’s win and get some good results.

“It’s kind of a pre-pre-season and an opportunity for the lads to play together.

“It’s about working on that consistency and building something that we can take into the next full season.”

The Knights have also organised a friendly against Wisbech Town which is due to take place at the Sir Halley Stewart on Tuesday, April 13.

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