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Monday, December 9, 2013
Gary Setchell has answered all sorts of questions since being Linnets boss.
Were Lynn’s players good enough for Step Four? Yes. After winning the league and completing back-to-back promotions last term, could his men hold their own at Step Three? Certainly. But in the 51st minute on Saturday, he was posed with another.
After keeper Alex Street had been sent off for bringing down Aaron Burns everyone wanted to know why the Lynn boss hadn’t again named a substitute goalie. He rarely does and surely he was now going to be made to pay for it. But how wrong could everyone be? Because of course Setchell knew he had a fantastic number two waiting in the wings.
That man was strapping centre-back Jason Lee.
There’s something fantastic about seeing an outfield player swap his shirt for the keeper’s jersey. Half of that often comes from the humorous nature of the stand-in’s attempts to use his hands rather than his feet.
However, from the moment Lee pulled on the number one strip, he looked every inch a goalkeeper. He had the build, he had the height, he had the posture – and most importantly he had the confidence.
He didn’t look like a rag-tag makeshift. He looked like he belonged there. As he stood with his arms wide open he made Lynn’s goal look smaller than it actually was. A routine penalty all of a sudden looked something of a daunting task.
And so it proved as Nantwich’s striker Burns saw his decently-hit ‘gimme’ from 12 yards palmed away expertly by Lynn’s number one, sorry two. The strength of the stop –which pushed the ball well wide of the goal – showed that the former Daventry player knew what he was doing.
That was typified when in the closing stages he raced off his line to save his tired team-mates and deny Harrop with his legs. While Street’s place in Setchell’s side is unlikely to be taken by the left-sided defender, at least Lynn’s boss knows he has a great understudy to call upon. And in youngster Chris Ward, who filled in for suspended Jordan Yong, and recently-signed Jack McGovern who deputised for banned Dan Quigley, he has a squad that is short in numbers but high in quality.
Give Setchell a problem and he will find a solution. At the weekend, he had to guide his 10 men towards the brave draw their efforts deserved. And yes, of course he found the answer again.