Improved Linnets left to rue missed chances

MLNF Nantwich
MLNF Nantwich

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MLNF Nantwich

MLNF Nantwich

Nantwich Town 2

King’s Lynn Town 1

King’s Lynn Town were left to rue missed chances at the weekend as The Dabbers presented new manager Phil Parkinson with three points to help ease their relegation fears.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “Last week we were poor, but today we’ve come away from home here and personally I think we deserved to win.

MLNF Nantwich

MLNF Nantwich

“We were miles better than last week but it wasn’t our day in front of goal. We’ve hit the woodwork and had chances off the line but that’s our luck at the minute.

“We put Watson in the middle of the pitch to give Belly some freedom and it worked well.

“My two centre halfs were superb today as they’ve come in for some stick recently. Henry (Eze) was a colossus and Ryan (Fryatt) has played really well too.

“Every player has really put in a shift today and hopefully the fans who travelled today will go away feeling a little bit happier than what they did last week.”

Despite being by far the better side for long periods in Cheshire, Saturday’s loss left the Linnets with only one win from their last seven games.

Nantwich dominated possession in the early exchanges as Lynn took time to settle.

But The Walks outfit soon began to create chances of their own with Ross Watson shooting over the bar and then Fryatt just failing to connect onto a David Bell corner.

Jackson Ramm and Steve Spriggs then combined but the latter’s angled drive went just wide.

The home side took the lead against the run of play on 39 minutes when Matty Kosylo latched onto a long ball and outpaced both Eze and Fryatt before slotting past Alex Street.

A bright re-start for the visitors was rewarded on 62 minutes when Fryatt headed home Bell’s delivery.

Lynn surged forward for the winner with an Eze shot hitting both posts and Gregg Smith having a shot cleared off the line.

All the good work was undone when a poor delivery from a Bell free-kick allowed Steve Jones to race through to beat Street with a curling finish.

New Nantwich boss Parkinson said: “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to be back here and to get a win under my belt against a very strong King’s Lynn team, and to be honest there wasn’t much between us at all.

“The lads showed that true grit and determination, that will go a long way with me and moving this team forward.

“It was very tough for PJ Hudson coming on for his debut as King’s Lynn were chucking everything at us.

“It wasn’t a game some of the players could ease into and to be fair I thought they had done tremendously well.

“The King’s Lynn player who had come on against PJ was particularly strong as well and I am very surprised he didn’t start actually.”

Nantwich: Smith, Moyo, White, Bailey, M.Jones, S.Jones, Plant, Clayton , Harrop (Blake 82), Kosylo (Hudson 72). Subs not used: Johnson, Dowling.

Booked: Platt. Scorers: Kosylo 39, S. Jones 71.

Lynn: Street, Ramm (Mulready 77), Yong, Eze, Fryatt, Watson, Bell, Quigley, Spriggs (Frew 77), Mettam, Winn (Smith 56). Subs not used: Stocker and Pearson.

Booked: Quigley, Watson, Bell. Scorer: Fryatt 63. Attendance 244.

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