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Worksop FC v King's Lynn Town FC

Worksop FC v King's Lynn Town FC

Worksop Town 0 King’s Lynn Town 1

King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell saluted the club’s sensational support as Lynn continued their march in the FA Trophy.

A late winner from Russell Dunkley saw Lynn add Worksop to their list of higher-league scalps in this season’s competition in front of more than 250 travelling fans.

Dunkley pounced from close range, three minutes time, to finish off The Tigers after a stirring cup performance which will live long in the memory.

After watching his side continue their cup adventure, Setchell praised Lynn’s the support, saying: “The fans were magnificent today. They get behind the goal when we’re away from home and they all sing. They were right behind us.

“They were a different class and at the end the players have gone to celebrate with them. We’re all in this together and the only place this club is going is going forward.”

Setchell added: “If you want to talk about passion, commitment and endeavour at any level of football, then come and watch King’s Lynn.

“That was an unbelievable performance, a super-human effort. You’ve got to take your hat off to all 11 of them. They were first class and I’m so proud of them.

“They had a lot of the ball and they’re a very good side, but we stuck to a game plan and worked our socks off.

“We’ve lost two games on the trot in the league but the spirit in the camp is unbelievable and they’ve stepped out on the pitch today believing and knowing that they could win the game.”

Despite hitting the woodwork three times, Setchell never lost faith that his side would go on and win the game.

“I thought the worst-case scenario is that we’d get them back to The Walks for a replay. I thought we’d have a better chance at home, but if you’d walked into the ground for the second half there was only one team in it.

“I thought we’d have to ride our luck at times but we didn’t. We were so disciplined and the pressure we put on the ball today was how I like my teams to play.”

Worksop’s best chance of the game came midway through the first period when centre-back Kern Miller slipped a fine ball through to Leon Mettam, who in turn fed Ash Burbeary, who narrowly fired wide.

Having already hit the bar through Dan Quigley’s header in the 15th minute, Lynn forced a number of corners before the interval with Phil Gulliver becoming the second player to be denied by the woodwork following a thumping header.

Lynn continued to hold the upper hand after the interval.

Watson let rip with a scintillating 40-yard effort which came back off the woodwork with Bastock well beaten.

At the other end, Mettam’s side-footed effort was comfortably saved by Street, who made some excellent saves when called upon.

A defiant Lynn side refused to give up as they poured forward in search of a winner.

The brilliant Bastock denied George Thomson and Steve Spriggs while substitute Jason Turner fired into the side netting.

Just as it looked as Lynn would get a second bite of the cherry, Sprigg’s’ drive was parried by Bastock into the path of Dunkley who made no mistake with the finish to send the travelling supporters into delirium.

There was still time for Street to pull off a superb one-handed stop down to his left to foil Burbeary before the referee’s full-time whistle saw the part begin.

 

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