EvoStik League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 2 Ramsbottom 1
Linnets boss Gary Setchell praised the impact of reprieved midfielder Dan Quigley as King’s Lynn Town recorded their EvoStik League win since the end of October.
Quigley, who came on as a substitute at the start of the second half, was the driving force behind Lynn’s revival after the interval.
Although it was Michael Frew who grabbed both of Lynn’s goals, Setchell said: “Sometimes it’s not about the performance it is about the result. Both teams would have liked to have played better and we were dross in the first half.
“We brought Quigs on at half-time because it was a Quigs game not a Spriggs game, if you like, and I think he made a difference.
“I think he gave us that little bit of extra steel to win that second ball in midfield and although it wasn’t a pretty performance it was a massive result.
“Quigs has had his problems and he is getting them sorted and if he has got another 30 per cent in his take to give us yet whatever sort of player are we going to have on our hands then?”
Frew’s double cancelled out Grant Spencer’s opener for the visitors to settle a feisty affair at The Walks.
Both managers were sent to the stands during the second half of a stormy encounter before Scott Burton was sent-off for Ramsbottom in the dying minutes.
Match-winner Frew also backed Quigley’s playing return, saying: “We spoke about Quigs, with him there and without him there, and it was unanimous that we wanted him to stay.
“He is great in the changing room and when he is on his game he is unbelieavable at what he does and there was no question about not sticking by him.
“It’s great having him back and I think in the next few games you will see just what a great player he is.”
The visitors opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Spencer’s free-kick managed to hit both posts before trickling over the line to beat Alex Street.
Steven Spriggs saw his effort from Frew’s knockback scrambled clear but Lynn offered very little against a lively Ramsbottom outfit in the first period.
Twelve minutes into the second period parity was restored when David Bell’s free-kick found Frew in the box and the striker converted on the turn.
Linnets boss Setchell and his opposite number Anthony Johnson both received their marching orders as tempers became frayed soon after Lynn’s equaliser.
A Ryan Fryatt error almost gifted the visitors an opportunity to get their noses back in front, but the Lynn defender redeemed himself by getting back to make a last-gasp tackle on Jordan Hulme.
Hulme then sliced a Phillip Dean cross over the woodwork before Bell played in Frew to net his second of the afternoon.
There was still time for Ramsbottom’s Burton to be dismissed for his second bookable offence as Lynn held on for their first win in six outings.
Lynn: Street, Stocker, Yong, Watson, Fryatt, Spriggs (Quigley 46), Bell, Bridges (Mulready 70), Frew, Thomson, Jones (Ramm 88). Sub not used: Pearson.
Goals: Frew 57 and 86. Booked: Thomson, Quigley and Bell.
Ramsbottom: Shenton, Smalley, Grayson. Stopforth, Howson, Krou, Abadaki (Williams 88), Burton, Hulme, Spencer (Robinson 88), Dean (Brooks). Subs not used: Kuba-Kuba and Slaven.
Goal: Spencer 18. Booked: Stopforth, Spencer and Burton. Sent-off: Burton.
Referee: A. Dale (Ipswich). Attendance: 510.