Belief helped keeper Alex Street reach his King’s Lynn Town appearance milestone
- Credit: Ian Burt
Alex Street felt Denham Hinds' pain as the Bedworth United keeper's gaffe set King's Lynn Town on their way to a crucial victory.
The Linnets moved into the play-offs for the first time this campaign on Saturday as the result of a 3-0 home win. Jacek Zielonka's shot went through Hinds' legs in the first half to set Town on their way and Street admits he had plenty of sympathy for his opposite number.
Lynn's keeper, who made his 250th appearance for the club during the game, said: 'I feel sorry for him really because it was a bit of a howler wasn't it?
'I think it was just a concentration thing. If he just keeps his eye on the ball longer – well, he won't ever make it again. It's probably unfortunate with them being near the bottom they're trying to ride their luck and it's not going their way.'
Street has gone through some testing times since his arrival at the Linnets from Wisbech Town in 2010. Various loan spells, starting in 2012/13, slowed his desire to become Gary Setchell's regular number one but Pedro, as he is more commonly known, has always bounced back and now finds himself the undisputed main man at The Walks.
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'You've just got to keep believing in yourself and what you're doing,' added Street.
'It is tough. Last season got to a point where you just end up hating football. But you just stick it out, go again, and here we are now looking good and liking football I suppose.'
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Street had little to do against United as his side racked up a fourth clean sheet in six matches.
Boss Setchell, who joked not even he thought Street would reach the appearance landmark, said: 'He was a young lad. He turned 19, developed beer and going out and wasn't living how I thought he should live so we got Danny Gay in.
'We sent Peds to Leison (2013/14) but he stuck around, which we wanted him to, as he's always had potential to be a great goalkeeper. I wouldn't say he's great yet, but he's a very good Step Three goalkeeper who makes unbelievable saves.
'He could turn into an absolute King's Lynn legend. If he didn't ever go higher he could stick around here for years on end as there's no-one better in the area.'
Lynn's victory was wrapped up in the second half thanks to strikes from Toby Hilliard and Ryan Fryatt.