King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell gutted by a costly slip-up

13:02 24 February 2014

Lynn skipper Ryan Clarke, left, and Jordan Yong at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn skipper Ryan Clarke, left, and Jordan Yong at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt

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Gary Setchell admits King’s Lynn Town’s hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs took a huge blow on Saturday.

The Linnets blew a two-goal lead and conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with mid-table Trafford, much to the disappointment of their manager.

Setchell said: “That’s absolutely killed us. The lads are on the floor. I’m absolutely devastated. Being 2-0 up was a real good opportunity for us to kick on ahead of Tuesday (Droylsden, away). I feel this is probably the biggest two points we’ve let slip away, even worse than Stocksbridge when we went 3-2 up in 95 minutes. When you dominate a game like we did first half you need to put it to bed.”

The results leaves Lynn still only two points outside of the top-five, but crucially they have played more matches than a host of the sides competing with them to reach the end-of-season shoot-out. Setchell, who confirmed Peter Bore has decided to leave the club, added: “I said to the lads, ‘let’s get our heads out of the clouds and stop talking about play-offs. Let’s start getting back to basics – working our socks off and grinding out results.

“We’re not quitters, I’m not a quitter. While it’s still mathematically possible to get that fifth spot or fourth we’ll keep trying. But with each game that goes by, with results and a performance like that second half, it just seems further and further away.”

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