Whitby goal condemns King’s Lynn Town to losing end of campaign

Player of the Season presentation night for Kings Lynn Town and Kings Lynn Town Reserves.'Award Winners L-R Alan Burch,James Spittlehouse,Alex Street,Robert Palmer,Luke Pearson and David Bridges.'Tim Smith
Player of the Season presentation night for Kings Lynn Town and Kings Lynn Town Reserves.'Award Winners L-R Alan Burch,James Spittlehouse,Alex Street,Robert Palmer,Luke Pearson and David Bridges.'Tim Smith
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EvoStik League

Premier Division

King’s Lynn Town 0

Whitby Town 1

A goal two minutes into the second half left King’s Lynn Town hovering just above the relegation zone at the end of a disappointing campaign.

A James Brown header proved the difference between the two sides and, in the words of the great American artist himself, it left Lynn ‘Waiting In Vain’ for another home win.

Saturday’s latest defeat left the Linnets without a success on home turf since the turn of the year.

On the defeat, Setchell said: “That was a mirror of a lot of the away games we’ve played this season.

“We’ve dominated, created chances and missed some gilt-edged opportunities. Their goalkeeper has made some great saves and that’s another game we should never have lost.”

“Once Whitby scored we never found the same rhythm as we did in the first half and that’s when we needed to be mentally stronger.”

The Linnets made a lightning start and should have been two goals up inside the opening two minutes.

Lee Stevenson saw his brilliant solo effort turned round the post by Shane Bland, while Jacek Zielonka’s shot came back off the foot of the post before bobbling across the face of goal.

Whitby’s first opportunity of the game came in the 18th minute when home goalkeeper Street palmed away Richard Pell’s header from a corner.

Seven minutes before the interval, Stevenson’s drive was brilliantly saved by the body of Bland, who then saved Conor Marshall’s follow-up with his fists.

A minute after the restart, Brown headed the visitors in front from a Dale Hopson centre after Lynn went to sleep at the back.

Jake Jones and Steve Spriggs both saw efforts blocked as Lynn, who should have got something from the game after their first-half display, battled hard to try to find an equaliser.

A Ryan Fryatt header was gratefully clutched onto by Bland, while Zielonka’s late half-volley was inches from finding the back of the net for the hosts.

Lynn: Street, Stocker, Yong, Watson (Eze 45), Fryatt, Marshall, Spriggs (Frew 65), Bridges, Zielonka, Stevenson, Jones (Mulready 65). Unused subs: Ramm, Colman.

Whitby: Bland, Shepherd, Robinson, Poole, Pell, McTiernan, Mason, Hopson (Raby 85), Brown (Nolan 79), Snaith, Waters (Gardener 81). Unused: Williams and Campbell.

Attendance: 482.

Referee: Mr J. Burridge (Cambridge).