Barwell keeper hands King’s Lynn Town a New Year gift

Sam Mulready scored Lynn's late winner against Barwell. Picture: Ian Burt

Sam Mulready scored Lynn's late winner against Barwell. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Gary Setchell thanked Barwell's keeper Liam Castle for helping King's Lynn Town enjoy a happy New Year.

The Linnets were poised to draw 2-2 at The Walks yesterday until the visitors' goalie made a complete hash of Alex Street's 70-yard free-kick in the 90th minute. It presented Sam Mulready with an unmissable chance and Lynn's boss admitted he was pleased to receive the free gift.

Setchell, whose men went 2-1 behind with little more than 15 minutes left, said: 'I don't know if we turned it around or Barwell defended slightly poorer than us because Father Christmas has come and given us a gift on the first of January. We didn't really deserve to win, actually neither team deserved to win the game.

'We didn't hit the heights of Saturday (3-2 win at Marine), or AFC Fylde (2-0 win) in any stretch of the imagination. We played a lot better at Stamford (3-0 loss on Boxing Day) than we did against Barwell and it looked like I had a lot of dead horses out there at 65 minutes. We have had a long Christmas period but we've managed to nick nine points out of 12 so we're grateful for that.'

Rob Duffy's penalty had put Lynn in front before goals from Luke Barlone and Daniel Spencer gave Barwell control. However, Mulready's late brace secured Lynn's maiden 2014 victory.

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