Southern League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 3
Bedworth United 0
King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell believes their next three matches could have a significant bearing on whether they will finish in the top-five.
Setchell’s in-form troops moved into the play-off places for the first time this campaign with a routine home victory over Bedworth United at The Walks.
A first-half strike from Jacek Zielonka – his first goal of 2016 – and efforts from Toby Hillard and Ryan Fryatt after the break stretched Lynn’s recent run to only one defeat in nine games.
It left The Walks outfit sitting pretty in the table with tough fixtures against Leamington, Hungerford and Dorchester on the horizon.
Setchell admitted that the coming fortnight will give the team a better idea of where they will finish, saying: “We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground because of the game situation.
“After the next three matches we’ll know exactly where we are, one way or the other.
“We’ve got Leamington who have had two magnificent away performances.
“We’ve then got Hungerford who are right on our tails and then Dorchester who could go level on points with us if they win their two games in hand.
“If we come through those three fixtures and we are still there or thereabouts then we are going to have a good chance going into the run in.
“We’ve got two months left and we are right in the hunt.”
Saturday’s final outcome could have been far, far worse for the Greenbacks.
Lynn’s flourishing centre-half partnership of Kern Miller and Matthew Castellan both had efforts cleared off the line while Liam Hurst saw a sweet curling effort come back off the crossbar.
The Linnets opened the scoring 12 minutes before the interval.
Striker Zielonka’s shot from the angle crept through the the legs of visiting keeper Denham Hinds to gift Lynn the lead.
The decisive second goal arrived with 15 minutes to go and it came courtesy of second half substitute Sam Gaughran.
Gaughran, again playing in a holding midfielder role, pinged a delightful ball out on the right flank to free Hurst.
The wideman squared for Hilliard, who showed great composure to convert from close range.
Ryan Fryatt completed the scoring eight minutes from time when he headed home Clunan’s corner.
On the win, Setchell said: “We didn’t play great, but with the confidence we have we always looked as though we had another gear.
“They did a job on trying to stop us playing really and it made it difficult for us. It was one of those that we perhaps wouldn’t have won earlier in the season.
“It just goes to show how far we’ve come and it was a great three points.”
Lynn (4-1-3-2): Street, R. Fryatt, Miller, Castellan, Yong, Clunan, Hurst (Edge 83), Smith, Friend (Hilliard 56), Zielonka, Mulready (Gaughran 74).
Sub not used: L. Fryatt. Booked: Miller.
Goals: Zielonka (33), Hilliard (75), R. Fryatt (82).
Bedworth (4-4-1-1): Hinds, Cartwright, Rowe, Westwood, Haines, Bryan, Marsden (Gould 76), Parrott, Archer (Christie 46), Dubidat, Creaney (Wint 66). Sub not used: Mohammed.
Referee: Chris Francis (Ely).