Lynn triumph despite going down to ten men

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King’s Lynn Town 3

Marine 1

King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell was proud of his players as they came from behind to win in style – despite playing with ten men for more than three-quarters of the game – at home to Marine.

The Linnets found themselves a man down after 14 minutes at The Walks when Ryan Fryatt was sent-off for denying Marine dangerman Christian Langos a goal-scoring opportunity inside the box.

Andy Fowler duly converted the resulting spot-kick, but Lynn’s never-say-die attitude after the interval dwarfed Lancaster City’s second-half effort against them the previous week.

Setchell said: “We were better than what Lancaster were against us in the second half last week, it’s as simple as that.

“We dominated the good play, whereas Lancaster dominated possession against us.

“I told the players at half-time to let Marine have it in their own half and we’ll put pressure on the ball 30 or 40 yards from our goal.

“Sometimes you have to do that. You have to figure out to hurt teams and today we did that to Marine and executed it brilliantly.

“That performance is right up there. We showed unbelievable desire and commitment. We were excellent with and without the ball and in contact.”

Setchell admitted that he was left with no other choice than to take off one of his wide men following the early dismissal of Fryatt.

“I had to take Jonesy off (Jake Jones) when we went down to ten men.

“I think I was the only one in the ground who thought it was the right decision at the time, but it was either him or Steve Spriggs.

“I had to get a wide man off because you can’t play with two wingers when you go down to ten men, it would have been crazy.

“Jonesy took it on the chin as he’s a great lad and I’m glad I did because Spriggsy scored two goals.

“I pushed him up top with Michael. I didn’t want to go too negative.

“I stayed brave using Spriggsy’s pace through the middle on the counter-attack and my three midfielders did the job of four men.”

After falling behind, Lynn spent the remainder of the first period looking disorganised.

Lynn were reliant on Alex Street to foil both Langos and Fowler who had sufficient chances to put the score beyond their reach.

The Linnets equalised out of nothing in the 43rd minute when neat play between David Bell and Michael Frew found Thomson in the box.

His shot across goal wasn’t collected cleanly by visiting goalkeeper Matt Cooper and Spriggs was on hand to tap in at the far post from two yards.

Lynn started the second half in style, catching Marine cold, and Thomson was the provider again to set up Spriggs, who outpaced his marker to slot the ball past Cooper.

Thomson missed a great chance to make it 3-1, but made up for it ten minutes from time when he brilliantly finished a move from Bell on the half-volley to celebrate his 100th appearance for the club.

Lynn: Street, Ramm, Yong, Eze, Fryatt, Spriggs (Quigley 65), Bell, Bridges, Frew (Stocker 87), Thomson, Jones (Watson 24). Sub not used: Colman.

Booked: Bridges; Sent-off: Fryatt.

Goals: Spriggs 43, 48, Thomson 80.

Marine: Cooper, Wainwright, Short, Fearnehough, Nicholas, Williams, Fowler, Goulding, Harvey (Clair 80), Foley (Owens), Langos. Subs not used: Whitehall, Aujla, Mitchison.

Booked: Short and Nicholas.

Goal: Fowler (pen) 15.

Attendance: 536.