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King’s Lynn Town's Rory McAuley: poor performance at Spennymoor a welcome wake-up call

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Although they still remain top of the National League North, King’s Lynn Town’s Rory McAuley hopes the players can put Saturday’s poor performance at Spennymoor Town firmly behind them.

The Linnets were outfought, out-thought and outplayed during 2-2 draw in the North East and looked a shadow of the side that has taken the league by storm in recent weeks.

McAuley, who rescued a point thanks to his first goal of the season from a corner, said: “When you don’t play well, it’s always a bit of a wake-up call and we need to get back to what we are good at.

Rory McAuley (16298100)
Rory McAuley (16298100)

“The gaffer has said that there will be bumps along the way and, if we can go through those games still picking up points, then even better.

“We know that we weren’t good enough and want to play to our levels every week, so that’s what we’ll work on in training this week.

“It’s a very tough league and the Northern League has always had a bit of a reputation for being a bit more rough and tumble.

“Every game is difficult. If you start picking and choosing who you might pick up points against, you can come unstuck. You should never under-estimate anyone.”

McAuley pulled no punches about Lynn’s overall display against the Moors.

“I thought first half we were really below par and they could have easily been out of sight,” he said.

“In the second half, we had a little bit more quality but we were still way below our normal standards.

“But what we perhaps lacked in quality we showed in resolve and in the end we’ve come away with a really good point.”

On a personal level, the defender, who now faces a three-match suspension for his red card against Alfreton, was delighted to get off the mark for the season.

“I said to Jarves (Ryan Jarvis) before the game that we haven’t been scoring enough goals from set-pieces, so it was nice to score one and have a hand in another,” he said.

In the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round, the Linnets have been drawn at fellow league side Alfreton Town, on September 21.

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