Stevenson hits King’s Lynn injury-time winner

MLNF 27.10.15
MLNF 27.10.15
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King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell was glowing with praise for his patched-up side after they defied the odds to beat Biggleswade at The Walks on Tuesday.

An injury-time winner from Lee Stevenson sealed the three points for Lynn who went into the game without five first-team regulars through injury.

The Linnets, who were without Sam Gaughran, Kern Miller, Jordan Yong, David Bridges and Conor Marshall, gave first league starts to Liam Fryatt and Simon Bird in a starting XI which saw eight players under the age of 23.

Proud boss Setchell said: “What a display, that was an unbelievable performance. I sat at home at four o’clock this afternoon thinking what can we do?

“We’ve chucked players in shark-infested waters with no arm bands and they can’t swim but they’ve got themselves out of it.

“I had no recognised left-back, Birdy (Simon Bird) has come from Dersingham FC this season to playing against a top-ten side in the Southern League while Matty Castellan has come from Step Six.

“Liam Fryatt has come in at left-back and been excellent. I said to him before the game if you have a stinker then it’s my fault but he was brilliant.

“If you’ve got a football brain, which he has, they’ve got a decent understanding of the game, and his brother Ryan, at 23, captained the side and marshalled the defence superbly.”

Biggleswade bossed the opening minutes as a young Lynn outfit took time to settle and find their feet.

The Waders took the lead on 17 minutes when a knock down from a throw-in allowed Sam Merson, son of Arsenal player Paul, to fire past Alex Street.

Lynn grew in stature and got back into the game with a goal by Stevenson midway through the half.

While many people will talk about Stevenson’s late winner, his first effort came courtesy of a flowing passage of play involving Bird, Liam Fryatt, Jack Friend and Toby Hilliard.

Ten minutes before the interval, Biggleswade almost regained the lead when Lewis Hilliard’s corner evaded everyone but Liam Fryatt was on hand to clear it off the line as it looked to creep in at the far post.

Biggleswade shotstopper Ian Brown produced a fingertip save to deny Friend’s deflected shot while, at the other end, Street saved well when Hilliard’s cross found the head of Merson.

With the game heading for a draw, up popped Stevenson two minutes into stoppage time with a curling effort into the bottom corner of the net having been set up by 17-year-old substitute Dylan Edge.

Lynn: Street, Bird, L. Fryatt, Castellan, R. Fryatt, Smith, Clunan, Hurst (Edge 84), Hilliard (Mulready 66), Stevenson, Friend (Zielonka 80). Sub not used: Pearson.

Scorer: Stevenson 23, 90+2. Booked: Clunan, R. Fryatt, Friend. Attendance: 415.