Late Stevenson goal hands King’s Lynn Town victory at Hayes and Yeading

Lee Stevenson (middle) claims the sixth goal.
Lee Stevenson (middle) claims the sixth goal.
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Hayes and Yeading 0 King’s Lynn Town 1

King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell had to give his side a half-time ticking off before watching them extend their unbeaten run to seven games in Middlesex.

A late goal from Lee Stevenson handed the Linnets their fourth victory on their travels this season.

After the game Setchell said: “Let’s be honest, that first half was totally unacceptable from us.

“We didn’t match their work rate over the pitch and some words were exchanged. We were better after the break as we competed better and in the end got the win which, in my opinion we deserved.

“We have played much better in games this season and got nothing, so today to be a bit scruffy and come back with three points will do.

“The downside is that I am now down to the bare bones squad wise and that will mean that we will have to call upon the reserves so we can field 11 players and three subs.

“We have lots of niggles at the moment, including Stevo (Stevenson) and probably Monday will be too soon for the likes of Lee Smith and Ryan Fryatt.”

A poor first period saw Shaun McWilliams come closest to breaking the deadlock when his long-range free-kick from fully 30 yards rebounded back off the woodwork following a foul on Sam Warburton.

Hayes and Yeading’s best opportunity of the first period came early on after Alex Street palmed Mitchell Weiss’ shot to safety.

Lynn replaced Jacek Zielonka with Jordan Yong at the interval and the change in formation saw Lynn finally stamp their authority on the game.

But they were still given a scare four minutes after the restart when Tom Broadbent’s header was pushed around the post by Street.

Sam Gaughran and Stevenson both had headers cleared to safety in quick succession before Dan Quigley saw his effort ruled out for offside.

Lynn finally got the points in the 85th minute when Stevenson rifled home a loose ball following a Michael Clunan corner.

Hayes and Yeading: Boness, Jones, Adebiyi, Hope, Broadbent, Smith, Edgar (Brown 82), Sambou, Weiss (Kearney 26), Putmaan, Toomey (Chamberlain 21). Subs not used: Locke and Taylor.

Lynn: Street, Zielonka (Yong 46), Quigley, Gaughran, Ward, McWilliams, Clunan, Stevenson (Setchell 90), Hilliard, Revan (Edge 81), Warburton.

Booked: Revan.

Scorer: Stevenson 85.

Attendance: 167.