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By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Monday, July 16, 2012
Bragging rights may have travelled back up the A47 to Wisbech on Saturday but King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell is refusing to hit the panic button.
The Linnets were handed a pre-season derby hammering in their own back yard by Steve Appleby’s Wisbech Town, who breezed to a memorable 4-1 victory.
But former Wisbech boss Setchell insisted that while he was disappointed by his side’s display on the day, losing to their fierce rivals is not the end of the world.
Setchell said: “I wasn’t happy about a few things. The goals we gave away were terrible and all of a sudden Wisbech had their tails up and we didn’t.
“A defeat wasn’t what we wanted but that’s what we got and it gives us plenty to work on. Two years ago we won every game in pre-season and then went to Long Buckby and lost our first game 3-0, so you can’t read too much into pre-season.
“Players need to find their feet. We’ve made five or six signings and for some of them it’s the first time they’ve played on The Walks, so we’ll be fine. There’s no panic from me as we’ve got a good set of lads.
“Things didn’t go our way, we made silly mistakes, we didn’t play as well as we’d like, we were under par, Wisbech played very well and you have to take your hats off to them, but that’s as far as it goes.
“We’ve had four training sessions, two matches, and we’re building towards August 18. Had we won 4-1, I wouldn’t have been getting carried away.”
Ex-Linnets Chris Bacon and Dubi Ogbonna, who bagged a brace, came back to haunt their former club. The impressive front pair both scored as the Fenmen - who play one level below Lynn – marched to a much-deserved win.
Wisbech boss Appleby said: “It’s a big boost to the lads. In one sense it shows we can compete and we are a good side. You’ve got to go out there and prove it in big games.
“Although it was a friendly we were up against a fantastic club and some very good players. It’s good to see the lads rose to the challenge and that they can do it.
“There was local pride at stake and there’s no doubting that fact. The players and I love being involved in games like these – it’s what we’re involved in football for.
“But it’ll be the supporters who are singing from the rooftops and obviously we’ve got the bragging rights at the minute. That said, it doesn’t mean anything to me, it’s just another game towards our first league game.”
Rogan McGeorge also scored for Wisbech while Steve Spriggs netted a consolation for Lynn.
Setchell’s side did get some good news when centre-back Stuart Wall said he shouldn’t be out “long term” after popping his left knee out of its socket during the game.
Both teams return to action tomorrow – the Linnets at Dereham Town while Wisbech travel to big-spending Spalding United.
• Video highlights supplied by Wisbech Town.