King’s Lynn Town 3 Peterborough Northern Star 1
STRIKER Jack Defty broke the 30-goal barrier for the season and wideman Jamie Thurlbourne made a welcome return to form as King’s Lynn Town Town turned up the title heat on both St Neots and Newport Pagnell.
This hard-fought victory, Lynn’s tenth consecutive home league win of the campaign, saw the Linnets move within four points of second-paced Saints and five points of behind new league leaders Newport Pagnell.
On Defty’s personal milestone, Setchell said: “I set Jack a target of 30 or 40 goals and there aren’t many games which he doesn’t score in.
“He scores important goals, scruffy goals, headers, almost every type of goal going. Like I’ve said before he is a massive player for us and a huge asset to this football club.
“I’d be surprised if Jack has scored a better goal than he today this season. To lean back on his right foot and to hit it on his weak side and thunder it in the bottom corner was an unbelievable finish.
Setchell, who admitted he was disappointed with the goal his side conceded, added: “I said to the lads at half-time we can’t expect teams to come and lay down.
“They had worked extremely hard in the first half and tried to draw us into a battle.
“For 20, 25 minutes I was thinking this was going to be a tough nut to crack but we scored a tremendous team goal and then Jamie’s free-kick was a little bit of magic we know he can do.
“In the second half, I felt we bossed the game and they didn’t really create too much and we stepped one foot forward.”
Town named the same starting line up that secured the club’s last 16 FA Vase spot at Norton & Stockton Ancients last weekend.
Jamie Thurlbourne side-footed his side ahead just inside the box on eight minutes after midfielder Danny White had dummied Pat Bexfield’s pinpoint pass from the right.
Four minutes later, the dangerous Viera harried Jamie Alsop into a mistake before slotting past Alex Street to redress the balance.
Midway through the second half Luke Thurlbourne cut the visiting rearguard in two with a defence-splitting pass which found substitute Chris Bacon on the right, who centred for Defty to volley home a delightful third and a certain contender for goal of the season.
King’s Lynn: Street, Bexfield, Alsop, Buhlemann, Watson, L Thurlbourne (Doherty 78), Spriggs, White, Defty, Harris (Bacon 66), J Thurlbourne (Livotti 83). Subs: McNeil, Hails.
Goals: J Thurlbourne (8, 43), Defty (67).
PNS: Conroy, Morris, Bloodworth, Dean (Glover 88), Jones, Bird, Nyang, Baines, Viera (Clements 66), Stead, Moreman. Subs: Woods, Dobson.
Bookings: Jones, Morris, Dean.
Goal: Viera (12).
Referee: P Gooadacre (Lincs).