Manager Setchell reads the riot act to shot-shy Linnets

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King’s Lynn Town 0

Skelmersdale 3

King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell read the riot act after seeing his side comprehensively beaten by the league leaders.

Such was Skelmersdale’s dominance at The Walks, Lynn could only muster one shot on target as they failed to find the back of the net for the second successive home game.

MLNF'Tim Smith

MLNF'Tim Smith

Setchell, who was without four players through suspension and injury going into the match, said: “I’m bitterly disappointed with the way my team performed and our game management and I’m bitterly disappointed with our desire without the ball today.

“I’m not going to make excuses for them. I’ve only had three players put their bodies on the line against the league leaders, which isn’t good enough.

“We didn’t defend well enough. Yes, we had key players missing, but the 11 people I put out should have competed better than that.”

Striker Leon Mettam was handed his first start for the Linnets while Steve James appeared for the visitors between the posts.

On Mettam, Setchell said: “Leon has worked his socks off for us today and he’s not even our player. He just didn’t get any kind of service.

“I’m not talking about with the ball, I’m talking about without it. We just had too many ‘fancy dans’ not fancying the fight today and that disappoints me.”

Skelmersdale settled any possible nerves by opening the scoring in the seventh minute. Ben Tollitt picked out Danny Mitchley and the frontman delightfully bent his effort past Alex Street to score off the post.

Worse was to follow for the hosts when a soft penalty award allowed Mitchley to double Skelmersdale’s lead from the spot midway through the first half.

Mitchley, who was denied his treble earlier following a brilliant save by Street early in the second half, put the icing on the cake with another emphatic finish in the 63rd minute.

Connor McCarthy delivered a delicious ball from the left and Mitchley thumped home on the half-volley.

The final outcome could have been even worse, had Mitchley not fluffed his lines following a poor clearance by Street.

Victorious Lilywhites boss Tommy Lawson said: “It was the nature of the win.

“We worked very, very hard for every ball, we were sharp and eager to press them high and I think we did a magnificent job.

“Today I think we showed pride in what we were doing and intensity. We defended really well and won the battles all over the park.

“The three goals from Danny Mitchley were outstanding. They were quality strikes and enjoyable to watch. I’m sure everyone in the crowd thought the same.

“You want to see goals of that quality in football, whether you are watching TV or at a non-league game.”

King’s Lynn Town (4-4-2): Street, Watson (Stocker 33), Yong, Eze, Fryatt, Bridges, Mettam, Quigley (Biles 71), Smith, Thomson, Spriggs (Mulready 58).

Skelmersdale (4-1-3-2): James, Fernandes, Holden, McIntosh, Wylie, Kirkbride (Wright 30), Tollitt (Bakkor 69), Burton, Mitchley (Bell 88), McCarthy, Strickland.

Bookings, Lynn: Stocker, Mettam; Skelmersdale: None.

Attendance: 548.

Referee: Mr J. Smith (Bourne).

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