Beaumont could be the answer as King’s Lynn Town look to replace Sweden-bound Spriggs

Gary Setchell has been looking for a replacement for soon-to-be departed Steve Spriggs – and he may have found one on Tuesday night.

The Linnets boss has openly admitted he is looking to sign a player from a higher level to replace Sweden-bound Spriggs, who leaves The Walks at the end of the month.

However, striker Danny Beaumont's performance on the right-hand side of Lynn's midfield during their 5-1 win against Cogenhoe United could have solved Setchell's dilemma.

The Linnets boss said: 'Danny Beaumont's put himself right in the frame.

'I knew Danny could do it, but it was just getting him to believe that himself. He's a tremendous player, but he's just got to get his confidence up.

'It's been a difficult season for him. It's been stop-start and it is hard to play at King's Lynn.

'He's come in from Dereham but against Cogenhoe, second-half especially, you could see him growing and growing in confidence.

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'He looked like a King's Lynn first-team player with loads of confidence and he made a massive contribution.'

The 22-year-old, who has scored 18 times for the Linnets so far this season, claimed a fine assist when his superb cross was headed home by Jason Turner in the first half.

Beaumont continued to whip in expert deliveries all night and threatened with his pace and directness.

Setchell also praised the display of striker Turner, who bagged a brace on the night – his first goals at The Walks in King's Lynn colours since joining the club in February.

The Lynn boss said: 'I thought Jason Turner was superb and Jack Defty was as well. I'm a big believer that you're only as good as your front two in any game and I think if your strikers do well you've always got a good chance.

'If your front pair are poor you're always going to struggle. I thought Jack and Turns were different class against Cogenhoe.

'I don't know who got man of the match, probably Luke Thurlbourne for his goals – deservedly – but Jason must have run him a close second. I thought he was excellent.'

Thurlbourne grabbed two stunning long-range goals of his own while Defty notched a header to secure rampant Lynn's convincing victory. Title-challengers Long Buckby kept pace with table-topping Lynn by securing a fine 1-0 win at Peterborough Northern Star.

They stay seven points behind Lynn who have three games in hand.

Setchell said: 'We've got 81 points now from 30 games and we've got to play Buckby still.

'Both teams are looking good to get over 100 points and I think we'd be very, very, unlucky to do it again and not win the league. It's set up brilliantly for the last 10 games and we're certainly looking forward to it – we're not scared of the challenge.'

Setchell's side travel to AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday and Irchester United on Tuesday.

Buckby welcome struggling Thrapston Town at the weekend before entertaining Newport Pagnell Town on Tuesday night.