Games are running out for Pinchbeck United in their bid to stave off relegation from the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division North.
The Easter double-header is now vital for Lewis Thorogood’s Knights, who now know that – at the very least – they need to win two of their remaining three games to stand a chance of finishing outside of the bottom two.
They go into the Easter period in the relegation zone and five points behind Selston in 18th.
Saturday is crunch time for 19th-placed Pinchbeck, as they visit a 17th-placed Newark side (3pm) that they are seven points behind with a game in hand.
Attention then turns to a trip to Skegness Town on Monday (3pm), with Selston – who visit Melton Town on Saturday – then facing Newark on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
It’s possible that another side may not join Holbeach United in being relegated due to league restructuring, but Thorogood doesn’t want to leave anything to chance.
“We’re a young side,” said the Knights boss. “For some of them, Saturday is their first pressure game that they really must win.
“We know the situation and what we need to do.
“Newark at home was our best performance of the season and we thrashed them, so we need more of that.
“We obviously want to get ourselves out of the bottom two and leave nothing to chance; that’s our only goal now.
“I believe in this side. There are may different permutations in play, but we just need to win.”