Matty’s late header earns King’s Lynn Town first league win

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Boss Gary Setchell felt King’s Lynn Town finally got the slice of luck they needed as his side recorded their first league win of the campaign.

A late header from Matty Castellan handed gritty Lynn the points after Danico Johnson had cancelled out Shaun McWilliams’ opener for the hosts.

After the game, Setchell said: “When they scored, there was only one team who were going to win the game, but I will take that bit of luck.

“You could see that the lads were getting nervous with 25 minutes to go, but that’s a massive monkey of our back and it’s a good win for us.

“It has been a solid week for us after arguably the hardest week of my managerial career.

“We played well in the first half but in the second half Redditch were the better side.

“There were a lot of game-changing moments today, no more so than Pedro’s (Alex Street) save with the scores at 1-1. We scored a good second goal but deserved that little bit of luck after we stuck together during times of adversity.”

On Redditch boss Darren Byfield’s contribution to the game when he came on, a relieved Setchell said: “You could see he was a class above the level.

“I’m so glad that he didn’t come on earlier as he caused us some real problems.”

Sam Gaughran was the only change to Tuesday’s starting line-up with Liam Fryatt dropping to the bench.

The Walks outfit could not have wished for a better start with Toby Hilliard breaking through the Redditch back line in the second minute.

He saw his shot well-saved by Bradley Catlow before the rebound went to Lee Stevenson whose scuffed shot eventually found the on-loan Shaun McWilliams who nodded home for his first goal for the club.

This, however, turned out to be the only shot on target in a scrappy first half although Lynn looked the more settled.

Both teams lost a player through injury within five minutes of each other, Toby Hilliard being replaced by Dylan Edge and his opposite number Reece Hales being replaced by Jason Cowley.

There were further injury problems for Lynn soon after the restart when Gaughran came the worse off in a clash with Jazz Luckie, with Fryatt getting the call from the bench. Lynn, now playing into a strong wind on a hard pitch, began to create more of the chances.

Zielonka saw his shot parried out by the hands of Catlow and Leon Mettam headed the rebound over from well inside the box.

The introduction of Reds player-manager Byfield on 65 minutes turned the game in the visitors’ favour.

It came as no surprise when the equaliser arrived in the 78th minute when Byfield set up Johnson who evaded two challenges and rounded Alex Street before rolling the ball home.

The same pair linked up again soon after but this time Street denied Johnson with a stunning fingertip save.

Lynn rallied and Matty Castellan’s shot was tipped over by Catlow for a corner from which Stevenson centred, Dan Quigley beat Catlow to the cross and his knock-on allowed Castellan to head home a dramatic winner.

Lynn: Street, Castellan, Yong, Gaughran (L. Fryatt 50), Quigley, McWilliams, M Clunan (Mills 84), Stevenson, Zielonka, Mettam, Hilliard (Edge 31). Subs not used: A. Clunan and Congreve.

Scorers: McWilliams 1, Castellan 87.

Redditch: Catlow, Apostolopoulous (Young 86), Bako, Kelly, F. Hazell, Courtney, Hewitt, Spink, Luckie (Byfield 65), Johnson, Hales (Cowley 26). Subs not used: Loveridge and R. Hazell.

Scorer: Johnson 78.

Attendance: 560.

l Lynn’s opponents in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup will be Brigg Town.

The Northern Counties East League Division One side defeated Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 2-1.

Brigg will visit The Walks on Saturday, September 3, with the winners progressing to the Second Qualifying Round and receiving £3,000 in prize money.