King’s Lynn Town 0
Rushall Olympic 4
King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell was left stunned after his side’s ramshackle defensive display against Rushall on Saturday.
A penalty seven minutes before the interval signalled the start of a second-half collapse at The Walks – a performance the clowns would have been proud of at the circus currently residing at Knights Hill.
The defending was nothing short of embarrassing at times as The Pics became the first side to complete a double over the Linnets this season.
After the game, Setchell said: “I thought the first half we played some alright stuff and started off where we left off in the two away games.
“We gave away a soft penalty and then we just totally capitulated.
“The confidence drained from us, we stopped passing the ball and we stopped believing in ourselves.
“On top of that we have given away three of the worst goals since I have been manager.
“It’s a horrible result. We’ve conceded four terrible goals and I’m almost lost for words.
“I don’t think we’ve ever made those sort of mistakes in the same game. You could put a whole season’s collection through and you wouldn’t see three worse than today.
“If you’d put Ronaldo in our side it wouldn’t have helped us they way we defended, that’s the long and short of it.”
There was little between the two sides in the opening 30 minutes and there was no sign of the calamities that were to follow.
Lynn striker Sam Mulready forced Pics ‘keeper Ryan Price into a good save on 20 minutes and Jackson Ramm did well to block a shot from the visitors at the other end.
Rushall took the lead from the penalty spot on 37 minutes, skipper Gavin Caines sending Alex Street the wrong way after Aris Christopherou had been fouled by Ross Watson.
Seven minutes into the second period Aaron Williams took advantage of non-existent marking at the back post to stab home a Kris Taylor corner.
As Lynn began to fold like a pack of cards, defender Ramm showed his frustrations at being substituted by storming straight down the tunnel.
More comical defending followed when Henry Eze missed a clearance, allowing Christophorou time to play the ball across to Caines to poke home on 77 minutes.
Lynn’s dismal day was completed three minutes from normal time when Alex Street, out of his area, misplaced a ball to Yong who couldn’t control it, allowing Williams to dribble home Rushall’s fourth.
Lynn: Street, Ramm (Spriggs 64), Yong, Eze, Fryatt, Watson, Bell (Stocker 85), Quigley, Frew (Bridges 64) Mulready, Winn. Subs not used: McLeish and Colman.
Rushall: Price, Melbourne, Hawker, Taylor, Christophorou, Caines, Heath, Palmer, A. Williams, Roberts (Gascoigne, 77), Leslie (Reid, 81). Unused: Smith, C. Williams, Duggan. Booked: Palmer. Goals: Caines (pen, 37, 75), Williams (52, 87). Attendance: 492.