EvoStik Premier League
Blyth Spartans 3
King’s Lynn Town 2
Linnets boss Gary Setchell admitted his side still got what they deserved after seeing them stage a dramatic comeback in Northumberland on Saturday.
After finding themselves three goals adrift, Setchell’s troops got to within a goal of their lower-league hosts thanks to efforts from George Thomson and Gregg Smith to set up a nail-biting finale.
But The Walks outfit were unable to snatch a late equaliser despite displaying their never-say-die attitude once again.
Setchell said: “For 70 minutes we were second best and we never really found any momentum until the last 15 minutes of the game.
“We can’t keep playing these get out of jail free cards and let’s not beat about the bush, if Pedro (Alex Street) hadn’t had one of his best games of the season it could have been a lot worse than it actually was.
“I’ve had seven, eight or even nine players have a poor game and there have been some home truths in the dressing room. We’ve been brought down to earth with a bang but it could have easily been an even bigger bang.”
Lynn, still looking for their first away win since the opening day of the season, went into the game without the suspended Henry Eze, while Sam Mulready and David Bell were ruled out through injury.
Blyth deserved their half-time lead, with their goal arriving in the 12th minute when Jarrett Rivers beat Jordan Yong to cross the ball, which was deflected into the path of Dan Maguire who headed past Alex Street.
Lynn grew into the game and began to create chances and Steve Spriggs, set up by Thomson, saw his effort saved by home keeper Peter Jeffries.
Yong then saw his shot saved at the expense of a corner just before half-time, but in truth Lynn had Street to thank for keeping them in the game going into the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half Spartans doubled their lead through a Robbie Dale penalty after Maguire had been adjudged to have been fouled by Street.
Spartans made it 3-0 in the 69th minute when Ross Watson’s poor touch allowed Rivers to score.
Two minutes later Thomson pulled a goal back through a free-kick and then Smith found space in the Spartans area to make it 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining.
Lynn surged forward in search of an equaliser but their efforts were all in vain.
Blyth: Jeffries, Dixon, Watson, Hutchinson, Buddle, Turnbull, Rivers, Hawkins, Maguire, Wade, Dale. Subs: Parker, Quinn, Cummings, Mullen, Richardson.
Scorers: Maguire 12, Dale 55, Rivers 69.
Lynn: Street, Ramm (Stocker 58), Yong, Watson, R. Fryatt, Bridges, Spriggs, Quigley (Frew 58), Smith, Thomson, Jones. Subs not used: Ward, L. Fryatt, Pearson.
Booked: Ramm, Watson, Quigley, Frew, Spriggs.
Scorers: Thomson 71, Smith 75.