Banbury United 4 King’s Lynn Town 0 – Gary Setchell accepts the blame for Linnets’ latest drubbing

Gary Setchell has left King's Lynn Town. Picture: TIM SMITH

Gary Setchell has left King's Lynn Town. Picture: TIM SMITH - Credit: Tim Smith

Gary Setchell insisted the blame lies with him following Town's second heavy defeat in the space of five days.

This time Banbury profited from generous Lynn defending with goals from Mark Bell, Duran Martin and a Felipe Barcelos brace seeing the Puritans race into a four-goal half-time lead.

'It's my fault, the buck stops with me,' said Setchell.

'I should have changed things following Tuesday night (5-2 defeat at St Neots). I kept faith with the same group in the belief that they would put things right and they haven't. That will not happen again.

'I am absolutely gutted as to the way we have conceded all four goals. The first has come from our corner and on the second we have been outmuscled.

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'In fact, we have ended up in one-on-one situations for all four goals, which is shocking.'

Setchell introduced youngster Dylan Edge at the interval for John Sands with the striker singled out for special praise.

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'Dylan has came on and given us some pace, running and effort in his 45 minutes,' said Setchell.

'He's made a nuisance of himself and given their defence a little something to think about.

'He looked proud to be wearing the shirt and proud to have the badge on his chest. Maybe it's time to give him and some of the other youngsters from the reserves a chance against Cambridge City tomorrow evening – we have nothing to lose by giving them a go.

'What was a big game at home tomorrow has now turned into a massive one – maybe even an early-season six-pointer.'

Town were a goal down within two minutes as Bell beat Alex Street at his near post.

Barcelos beat Sam Gaughran to a high ball and raced on to dispatch his shot beyond Street for a second before turning provider for Martin as the home side raced to a three-goal advantage inside 23 minutes. Barcelos added his second just before the interval.

An angry Setchell sent his team back onto the pitch after spending only seven minutes of the interval in their dressing room to continue their inquest in full view of the crowd.

Lynn offered slightly more in attack in the second spell with Lee Stevenson warming Jack Harding's palms in the home goal and Edge unlucky as his shot trickled wide.

The final whistle was a relief for the Linnets with Setchell, head bowed, clearly contemplating a huge week for himself and his team as he trudged back to the dressing room.

Banbury: Harding, White, Lynn (Hopkins, 45), Nash, Westbrook, Gunn, McEachran (Browne, 54), Martin, Janes, Barcelos (Howards, 72), Bell. Subs not used: Self, Blackstock.

King's Lynn Town: Street, Zielonka, Yong, Gaughran (L Fryatt, 45), Castellan, Quigley, M Clunan (A Clunan, 72), Stevenson, Mettam, Sands (Edge, 45), Hilliard. Subs not used: McLeish, Pearson.

Referee: Mark Howes (Solihull)

Att: 335

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