Setchell praises King’s Lynn Town after making a perfect ten

TIM SMITH
TIM SMITH

Evo-stik Southern League

Premier Division

TIM SMITH

TIM SMITH

King’s Lynn Town 2 Cirencester 0

King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell praised his young-guns after they made it a perfect ten against Cirencester.

The Linnets maintained their 100 per cent winning record against The Centurions (10 games and 10 wins) thanks to goals from Lee Smith and substitute Toby Hilliard.

“It wasn’t a vintage performance by any stretch, but it showed that our young team can win scrappily as well.

“The bits of quality we did put together, we looked the better side. All of the team have given me an honest shift.

“If the players can keep being honest then we will win football matches and I’m happy with the way the boys are working for me.

“I feel we are showing that little bit of togetherness when we are in the trenches,which wasn’t there at the start of the season.”

Lynn were forced into one change before the game with David Bridges unwell and Lee Smith taking his place in the starting XI.

Hilliard, returning from suspension, was handed a berth on the bench.

Forward Sam Mulready had Lynn’s first chance after two minutes when his hurried effort went wide from inside the box after some excellent work from Lee Stevenson.

Jacek Zielonka saw his shot kept out by the chest of visiting keeper Jack Stevens, who was making his debut on loan from Oxford United.

At the other end, James Mortimer-Jones had the best opportunity for the visitors.

The Linnets took the lead in 29th minute when Stevenson’s centre found the unmarked Smith to head home.

Home shotstopper Alex Street had to be at his best to keep out a Zack Kotwica pile-driver three minutes later.

The game turned into something of a dour affair with few clear-cut scoring opportunities.

After the break, Mulready headed over early on before Liam Hurst fired wide and Jordan Yong scuffed a long-range effort.

Three minutes into stoppage time, a brilliant counter-attack involving Hurst was finished off by Hilliard.

Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt, Yong, Miller, Castellan, Smith, Clunan, Hurst, Zielonka (Hilliard 54) Stevenson (L. Fryatt 88) Mulready (Edge 70). Unused subs: Friend, Gaughran.

Booked: Hurst.

Goals: Smith (29), Hilliard (90+3).

Cirencester: Stephens, Anson, Bennett, Pritchett, Liddiard, Henry, Hooper (Connolly 85), Mortimer-Jones, Griffin, Kotwica (Reid 80), Knight (Langworthy 56).

Booked: Henry.