Boss says Linnets lack leaders in home loss

Leon Mettam cuts a dejected figure at the end of the game.
Leon Mettam cuts a dejected figure at the end of the game.
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EvoStik League Premier Division

King’s Lynn Town 1 Workington 2

Peter Winn

Peter Winn

King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell admitted his team were lacking leaders as Lynn fell to their sixth home league defeat of the season.

A first-half goal from Gareth Arnison and a 75th-minute effort from player-boss Gavin Skelton secured play-off chasing Workington’s latest success.

Leon Mettam netted a late consolation for the Linnets who were second best for much of the afternoon.

Setchell said: “I’m hoping to bring one or two players this week. I know what we need, we need some leadership and steel.”

Workington, without a substitute goalkeeper on the bench, may have been on the end of a very different scoreline had Jonny Jamieson been shown red rather than yellow following his foul on Michael Frew just outside the box on 36 minutes.

Prior to that the Reds had bossed the opening exchanges and, apart from a 15 minute spell around the controversial incident with Jamieson, were dominant throughout the first half.

It was, ironically, during one of Lynn’s brighter periods that the visitors took the lead. Substitute Alex Salmon combined with Anthony Wright in a sweeping move for the former’s shot to hit the bar.

But Arnison was on hand to head in the rebound which was adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee’s assistant.

The Reds nearly scored again just before the break but Ross Watson’s last-ditch challenge denied Arnison.

Salmon was involved in most of Workington’s good work as Lynn failed to get to grips with their high-flying visitors.

Workington doubled their advantage 15 minutes from time when yet another individual error cost the hosts yet another goal.

The sluggish Henry Eze was caught in possession by Skelton, who burst through before sliding the ball under the body of Linnets goalkeeper Alex Street.

Just as it looked as though Lynn would fail to find the back of the net for the third successive home game, Ross Watson crossed for the prolific Mettam to nod home.

Setchell added: “Key moments in both boxes we’ve come out second best but in the second half we were very poor.

“We didn’t have a very good pattern of play. We didn’t get the ball down and was over-run in midfield and had we gone on to get an equaliser it wouldn’t have been deserved really.

“The referee isn’t to blame for us losing. We haven’t passed the ball well enough, we haven’t worked as hard as I like us to work and we keep shooting ourselves in the foot by conceding sloppy goals.

“Peter Winn showed some really nice touches and some great delivery today, but we didn’t get enough of the ball to him and Steve (Spriggs).”

Lynn: Street, Watson, Yong. Eze, Fryatt, Spriggs, Bell, Quigley, Frew (Smith 66), Mettam, Winn. Subs (not used): Ramm, Stocker and Colman.

Booked: Bell, Watson, Smith.

Scorer: Mettam 88.

Workington: Jamieson, Simpson, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Skelton, Newby (Mwasile 66), McLuckie (Salmon 31) Arnison, Wright, Tinnion. Subs (not used): Murray, Hindmarch, Smith.

Booked: Jamieson, Wordsworth.

Scorers: Arnison 38, Skelton 75.

Attendance: 532.