EvoStik League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 1
Belper Town 0
King’s Lynn Town put their FA Cup disappointment behind them by extending their unbeaten league run to six matches on Tuesday night.
But Linnets boss Gary Setchell admitted it had been difficult to lift morale before George Thomson’s seventh goal in four games sealed the three points against the basement side at The Walks.
Setchell said: “That really hurt us on Saturday, myself included, because it wasn’t as though we had been battered or outplayed by Fylde.
“It was huge and we felt we had another round in us. It was hard to pick ourselves up but we got ourselves together and regrouped.
“We had a good chat before the game about our FA Cup run being over and our season starting from tonight.
“The performance was okay but it was more about getting a result and putting Saturday’s result behind us.
“If we hadn’t got a result against Belper, the disappointment would have doubled and we’ve got a big FA Trophy game at the weekend.
“Before you know it we could have been out of both cups and lost in the league in the space of the week so I’m delighted with the result as there was a lot of pressure on us.”
Thomson’s winner arrived midway through the second period after Lynn substitutes Sam Mulready and debutant Gregg Smith combined for him to notch his 13th goal in all competitions.
Lynn’s winning margin could easily have been greater had it not been for visiting goalkeeper James Martin who pulled off some stunning stops. Belper could have been in front at the break had Ian Ross converted a 31st minute penalty after Jackson Ramm had felled Robert Stevenson.
But the former Boston United midfielder complicated his spot-kick by stalling his run-up and hit the post – much to the delight of the home faithful.
The Linnets were awarded a penalty of their own in the 63rd minute after Ramm had been fouled by on-loan defender Liam Goulding, who was red-carded.
Thomson took the kick, but Martin saved brilliantly before Lynn’s front man made amends by scoring the winner four minutes later.
The visitors ended the game with nine men after substitute Aaron Cole picked up two bookings for dissent in 30 seconds.
Lynn: Street, Ramm, Watson, Eze, Yong, Spriggs (Stocker 87), Bridges (Mulready 66), Quigley, Jones, Thomson, Frew (Smith 66). Unused subs: Fryatt, Pearson. Booked: Smith. Goal: Thomson (67).
Belper: Martin, Jones, Pride, Ross, Goulding, Adams, Garnett (Cole 73), Warne (Varley 64), Holden, Cotton, Stevenson. Unused subs: Walker, James, Low. Booked: Stevenson, Cotton. Sent-off: Goulding (62), Cole (90, two yellows).
n FC United of Manchester will visit The Walks on Sunday, December 28 in a round of EvoStik fixtures arranged by the league’s committee.
n Lynn Reserves hope to complete their first double of the season when they host their counterparts from Sudbury tomorrow.
The Division One Thurlow Nunn League clash presents Lynn’s second string with the ideal opportunity to return to winning ways after back-to-back league and cup defeats.
Assistant boss Ross McNeil said: “It’s a big game for us and a home one, which seems a bit like a collector’s item.
“We may have lost our last couple of games but the performances have been good. Joff (Hawes) trained the lads on Tuesday and had a really good session.”
Referring to Lynn’s penalty miss during the 1-0 defeat at Halstead last Saturday, McNeil quipped: “If we get a penalty I don’t think we’ll let Robbie Palmer take any more this season.”