King’s Lynn Town FC manager Gary Setchell backed Alex Street after the goalkeeper’s late error cost them a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Setchell said before the match that a moment of brilliance or a simple piece of good fortune could decide the tie, and so it proved when Street’s clearance hit Kern Miller and looped to Jamie Towers to head home in the 76th minute.
It had been a scrappy game, but Lynn created the better chances while lacking that killer instinct in the final third of the field.
Setchell said: “It was a horrible mistake. Alex has these spells where he is magnificent and other spells where he makes errors.
“What are we going to do, chuck Alex on the scrapheap and bring in an experienced goalkeeper? Of course we’re not, we are going to stick by him and get round him. He knows he has made a mistake and he is on the floor in the dressing room.
“He is still a young goalkeeper who is getting better and better but two mistakes in as many games have cost us two league points and a result today.
“He is going to have periods like this in his career, that’s a two-game period and I’m going to stick by him.”
Setchell added: “This is the most gutted I’ve been for a long while in a football match.
“We stood up to the physical test of Barwell and we knew it was going to be a game of few chances.
“I felt of the few chances the best ones fell to us. We knew what the game would be like.
“We set a game plan up and executed it brilliantly. Dealing with their long ball isn’t easy but my two centre-halves were brilliant and I thought Smithy (Lee Smith) was the best player on the pitch.”
Lynn had given a debut to recent signing Smith at right back with Matt Castellan being cup tied.
Tonight, the Linnets are in Red Insure Cup action at Barton Rovers.