Gary Setchell had some words of comfort for Jason Turner after the usually-prolific striker had a night to forget against Carlton Town on Tuesday.

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The prolific hitman has lived up to his reputation as a goal machine after signing for King’s Lynn Town from Wellingborough Town in February.

He netted in nine consecutive games from the middle of March and continued his hot streak this summer scoring four goals during pre-season.

However, due to the form of Russell Dunkley, Turner has operated in a slightly wider role this term – when used. But he still scored from the penalty spot against Wellingborough last week in the FA Cup and was given the chance to lead from the front in Dunkley’s absence against Carlton.

Unfortunately, the Kettering-based frontman missed three outstanding chances – and an 86th-minute penalty – on a night where Jamie Forshaw also spurned a golden opportunity in front of goal as the Linnets blew the chance to beat last season’s runners-up.

Setchell admitted his side had dropped two points on the night.

The Lynn boss said: “Now that the game has been played you have to view it as two points lost with the chances we created and missed.

“I just told Jason to get his head up afterwards. The lad’s one of the most honest guys in the dressing room. He always works his socks off in training and he didn’t mean to miss the penalty.

“It’s just one of them situations where it’s very disappointing. International players miss penalties. Jason Turner’s no different. It’s just a shame he got 14 out of 14 (penalties) for Wellingborough and five out of five for us before Tuesday.

“I was more disappointed with the way we conceded a chance at the end as we’d worked so hard to try and get three points, but nearly lost one. We switched off for two seconds and nearly paid for it. No disrespect to Step Five, but this level is a different world. If you misplace passes or lose concentration there’s teams and players who can punish you.”

The midweek stalemate, which the visitors’ Ruben Wiggins-Thomas could have ended had he not headed wide from six yards in injury time, was Lynn’s and Carlton’s first draw of the season.

It was Lynn’s second shut-out at The Walks as they kept up their unbeaten home start in what has been a decent beginning to life in Evo-Stik Division One South.

“I think in every match, including the Sheffield one, we’ve more than punched our weight,” said Setchell. “We’ve not been outclassed by any stretch of the imagination. These boys have come up from Step Five and given a really good account of themselves.”

Dan Quigley and Ross Watson (both suspended) miss the weekend’s FA Cup First Qualifying Round trip to Daventry Town. Striker Dunkley (calf) is doubtful. Setchell hoped to have signed a new player, and he did last night in defender Jason Lee, by the end of the week.

• Click on the link on the right-side of this page for a match report from Tuesday’s game.

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