Stevenson spot-on to ease Linnets’ relegation fears

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Trafford 1



King’s Lynn Town 3

Lynn passed the 50-point mark for the season - and almost guaranteed their Premier Division status with it - with a deserved win at Trafford.

Midfielder Lee Stevenson notched a brace of penalties and was also the provider for Lynn’s third.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “I was really pleased with the contribution from a lot of my players today.

“We’ve got a proper squad now. We are running slightly over budget but I had a chat with the chairman and he let me do it as we got ourselves in a little bit of a muddle.

“This is where we needed to be. We still had Watson, Mulready, Frew and Quigley missing today and we will have to have a look at it in the summer.”

Setchell added: “It was a massive three points and I thought for the first 25 minutes Bell, Stevenson, Jones, Winn, Marshall and Bridges were outstanding.

“Some of our forward play was second-to-none, but once we went 2-0 up we stopped.

“We sat too deep and after missing a great chance to goal three goals up Alex (Street) has had to make two great saves because we switched off again.

“No disrespect to Trafford, but this was a game where we looked far superior than them for long periods but again we need to be more ruthless in the opposition’s box and more defensively switched-on in our own 

The first goal arrived midway through the first half when the influential David Bell’s cross found David Bridges in the box.

Bridges was adjudged to have received a push in the back from Martyn Andrews and Stevenson stepped up to score the resultant penalty.

The game was held up for six minutes following a clash of heads between Henry Eze and home goalkeeper Tom Read, who required treatment but was able to continue.

Four minutes before the break Peter Winn doubled the visitor’s lead, bundling home Stevenson’s cross.

But Trafford came more into the game after the break.

Just before the hour-mark a Jim McCarthy cross saw Jackson Ramm turn the ball onto his own post the ball falling to substitute Rob Black who forced Alex Street into a fine save.

Any doubts about the destination of the three points were dismissed 18 minutes from time when Stevenson scored his second penalty of the afternoon after substitute Jacek Zielonka was grounded in the area by Andrews.

Jon Pritchard scored an injury-time consolation for the home side.

Trafford: Read, Palmer, Smart, Andrews, Jones (Jones 46), Chambers, Pritchard, King (Smith 78), McCarthy, Blake, Doughty (Reed 75). Unused subs: Derbyshire, Walsh.

Scorer: Pritchard 90.

Lynn: Street, Ramm, Yong, Fryatt, Eze, Marshall, Bell, Bridges (Stocker), Winn (Spriggs), Stevenson, Jones (Zielonka). Unused sub: Colman.

Scorers: Stevenson (pens) 23, 72, Winn 41.

Attendance: 151.