Video: Captain Clarke admits Chorley defeat was a reality check for King’s Lynn Town

Chorley sub Darren Stephenson scored the opening goal, despite the best attempts of Alex Street and Ryan Clarke, yellow. Picture: Ian Burt Chorley sub Darren Stephenson scored the opening goal, despite the best attempts of Alex Street and Ryan Clarke, yellow. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
9:03 AM

Captain Ryan Clarke insists King’s Lynn Town will use the disappointment of their defeat to Chorley as motivation for the rest of the season.

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The Linnets pushed the league leaders all the way on Saturday before slipping to a 2-0 reverse. And even though the loss sees The Walks club slip to seventh, the defender is confident the feeling of frustration will only serve to inspire the top-five hopefuls ahead of their next match at Buxton on Saturday.

Clarke said: “Maybe it was a little bit of a reality check and we don’t get too carried away. We’ve still got a hell of a lot of work to do.

“Teams around us have played a few games less so we’ve really got to be on our game. The gaffer (Gary Setchell) said we need nine wins and that’s our target. There’s still a hell of a lot to play for.”

The versatile 30-year-old was one of the defenders who came in for criticism by Setchell for their role in Darren Stephenson’s 75th-minute opener. Keeper Sam Ashton’s hopeful punt pierced the heart of Lynn’s defence and Clarke, despite his best attempts, failed to prevent the substitute from finding the net.

The honest skipper, who played at right-back this weekend, added: “Any disappointment will hopefully fuel us for next week (Saturday). In my mind I don’t think I did that well, it wasn’t one of my better games, so I want to put things right next week.”

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