Linnets come back to notch second away win of season

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Marine 1

King’s Lynn Town 2

The Linnets came from behind to record only their second away win of the campaign on Saturday.

They did it despite losing influential midfielder David Bridges to a leg injury which needed an overnight stay in hospital (see back page).

After going behind from the penalty spot in the north west, Lynn showed their great character by fighting back to claim the first success on their travels since the opening day of the campaign.

Lynn boss Gary Setchell said: “I don’t think either team played great in the first half and at half-time I asked the team where the backbone had gone.

“We’re in a rut and you just don’t get out of it, you have to pull your way out of it and in the second half I thought we were magnificent to a man.

“It has given us something to work with. To come back from a soft penalty and dominate and create the chances we did in the second half was top-drawer.

“We’ve got a massive task to get in the play-offs but we won’t throw the towel in and will keep going.

“It was a real massive team effort today and now people can stop talking about a slump, even though we are still mid-table.”

Marine fielded four players that are on-loan/work experience in a starting line-up which included just two that featured when the Mariners visited the Walks earlier in the season.

Lynn welcomed back Ross Watson and Michael Frew into the team, but striker Sam Mulready was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

First half chances were at a premium with Lynn slow to settle.

Marine took the lead on 31 minutes from the spot when Jordan Yong was adjudged to have fouled Lewis Codling and Lloyd Ellams scored the resulting penalty kick.

Lynn gave warning of what was to come later when, in the closing minutes of the first half, they created their first real chances of a poor first 45 minutes.

Ross Watson warmed the hands of home goalkeeper Matt Cooper, who then did well to save Frew’s follow-up.

Henry Eze then saw his effort headed off the line in the dying seconds of the half.

Eze went close again soon after the restart but his header drifted wide.

The equaliser came midway through the second period when Joel Bembo-Leta, under pressure from Mettam, deflected an incoming cross which was judged to have crossed the line before being clutched by Cooper.

Although it went down as an own goal, Setchell felt it was Mettam who made contact with the ball last.

The winner came on 69 minutes when Mettam applied the final touch to Steve Spriggs’ cross.

Lynn still had Alex Street to thank for two saves in a minute as Lynn deservedly claimed the points.

Marine: Cooper, Clair, Short, Willis, Bembo-Leta, Blake (Nicholas 85), Menagh (Langos 67), C. Peers, T. Peers, Ellams (Fearnehough 80), Codling. Unused subs: Wainwright, Mitchison.

Booked: Blake.

Scorer: Ellams (31 pen).

Lynn: Street, Watson (Smith 85), Yong, Eze, Fryatt, Bridges (Spriggs 29), Bell, Quigley, Frew, Mettam, Winn (Ramm 80). Sub not used: Stocker.

Booked: Fryatt, Frew, Ramm.

Scorer: Bembo-Leta 57 (own goal), Mettam 69.

Attendance: 364.

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