PICKERING Town’s wait for a first league win of the season goes on after suffering a third straight defeat against Dunston.

Pickering have just one point to their name after four matches in the Pitching In Northern Premier League north/west division following the 1-0 loss at home to Dunston.

Having earned a highly credible draw against last season’s leaders Workington Town on the opening day of the season, Steve Roberts’ side have gone to lose to Mossley, Ramsbottom United and now Dunston.

Matt Fitzpatrick’s strike on 30 minutes was enough to separate the two sides.

The visitors broke clear from their own half and midfielder Liam Thear floated a brilliant pass over defender Dave Merris and to the feet of Fitzpatrick.

The striker held off Merris’ recovery challenge and rifled the ball past goalkeeper Charlie Andrew, who was making his first appearance back at Mill Lane after re-signing for the club, into the far bottom left corner.

Pickering host Ossett United in their fifth league game tonight.

Elsewhere, the club have signed teenage striker Harry Jessop on a one-month loan from SkyBet League Two side Scunthorpe United.

The left-footed forward signed his first professional deal with Scunthorpe in the summer, having been with the Irons since 2011.

He has since played for the club’s Under-23s, for whom he will still be eligible to play for during his time at Mill Lane.

“Thanks to Scunthorpe United and (manager) Russ Wilcox for getting this deal over the line today,” the club wrote on Twitter on Monday.

The 18-year-old will be in the Pikes squad for the Ossett match.