King’s Lynn Town sign off on a high in front of their own fans

Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Lynn's Sam Mulready celebrates his goal. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Lynn's Sam Mulready heads the winning goal. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Manager Gary Setchell is talked to by the ref because of an incident in the stands. Picture: Matthew Usher. Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Lynn's Sam Mulready celebrates his goal. Picture: Matthew Usher. Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Lynn's Sam Mulready heads the winning goal. Picture: Matthew Usher. Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Manager Gary Setchell is talked to by the ref because of an incident in the stands. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
10:27 AM

King’s Lynn Town may have had nothing to play for – but you wouldn’t have guessed it yesterday.

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Gary Setchell is a proud and honest manager who declared he wanted his team to finish their home campaign on a high. And that’s exactly what they did in their final Walks fixture of the Evo-Stik League season.

Lynn’s loyal supporters applauded their heroes off the pitch after they beat Stamford. But that warm reception was more about how the men in yellow had performed, rather than the result itself. The Linnets – who will achieve a very respectable mid-table finish following back-to-back promotions – fought for every ball as if a title was on the line. They ran for every lost cause. And, with the scores at 1-1 for the best part of 35 minutes, they kept pressing for a winner.

That same ambition was not shown by Stamford who seemed content just to make the numbers up at times, apart from Richard Jones who was once again excellent at the heart of the Daniels’ defence.

However, there were plenty of impressive performances from Setchell’s troops, including first-half goalscorer Andy Hall. The ex-Stamford man went close with the first shot on target in the game and buried his second around the half-hour mark, with the big help of a deflection, to put the hosts deservedly in front.

Villain-for-the day Ryan Robbins – who signed for Lynn in the summer only to leave the club without kicking a ball – was barracked throughout. So he was understandably delighted when he poached an unexpected equaliser on the stroke of half-time with the visitors’ first effort on goal.

After the break, Town kept pushing forward – driven on by the tireless Dan Quigley and growing midfield influence of George Thomson.

Sam Mulready ran himself into the ground and typified the desire shown. He pulled one effort from a narrow angle wide and saw another saved by the outstretched foot of Will Jones.

Thankfully for Lynn, he got the rewards his efforts deserved when he buried his third, and arguably hardest, chance to wrap up a determined victory. Thomson’s delicious left-foot centre was headed across goal powerfully by the striker and into the bottom corner. The fine finish was celebrated as if he’d sent Norfolk’s premier non-league outfit into the play-offs. But it just served to prove how much it meant – especially to a player who looked like he may not get his name on the scoresheet.

Many criticisms can be thrown at the Linnets as this campaign draws to a close. An inability to keep clean sheets away before the back end of the term is inexcusable. A run of five defeats was disappointing as it ended a brief flirtation with the top five.

But one thing has remained throughout. Lynn’s players respect Setchell. He demands success – and more often than not, including yesterday, he usually gets it.

- To read a match report and see Matthew Usher’s pictures from the game, click here.

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