Blackstones 0, King’s Lynn Town 2
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell hailed his maximum men after the Linnets made it eight UCL Premier Division wins on the spin in Stamford on Wednesday night.
Steve Spriggs' close range header and Jamie Thurlbourne's precision free kick secured the points before the interval to keep the pressure firmly on title rivals Long Buckby. Lynn were largely untroubled against the top six contenders apart from a belated free kick onslaught in the closing stages on a murky evening in Lincolnshire.
'We've gone away from home and kept another clean sheet into the bargain,' said Setchell. 'I think we've only conceded four all season. We are controlling games now. Daventry at the weekend was the worst game we have played away all season but tonight I thought we were never really in danger. We got the early goal and then we settled down. We scored a great free kick and at half-time all I asked is that we got the ball in their half. I knew we'd create chances and apart from the free kicks the referee was giving we looked untroubled – perhaps excluding the one Pedro (Alex Street) saved with his feet.
'We've hit both posts in the second half and we bossed the game. We need to do that in every away game because we are looking a lot more solid. The Tuesday night hoodoo has gone. We have put that to bed now. We're eight out of eight. We're not shipping goals and we look like a good side.'
Setchell insists it is too early in the piece to turn the title race into a straight shoot out between Town and unbeaten rivals Long Buckby after current leaders Peterborough Northern Star lost in midweek for the second consecutive league game. Third-placed Lynn trail PNS by three points with three games in hand with Buckby only a point adrift of the leaders having played a game less than Lynn.
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'It does seem a case of Buckby, Buckby, Buckby and we are responding in kind,' he said. 'Take our slip away at home against Sleaford and we are right in there. I would imagine if you looked at the points we have now compared to this time last year we must be ahead of the rate. We're coming to games now and just expecting the boys to turn up in the right frame of mind, to know their jobs and you can see the commitment from the lads. We are in with an outstanding chance of winning the league.
'Northern Star have lost three, we've lost one and Buckby have lost none. It's miles too early to be writing teams off because Northern Star have a good squad. There'll be disappointed to have taken no points from the last six. On the other side of the coin, Buckby have taken all six on offer. We just have to make sure we take care of business. We have two weeks off now with cup commitments and we want to do well in those. I was so desperate to go into those cup games on the back of a win, not a draw and a misfiring performance.'
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Setchell confirmed afterwards experienced midfielder Danny White is now a doubt for Saturday's FA Vase trip to Gresley after turning his ankle deep in stoppage time. Defender Stuart Wall should be back in contention after missing the last month with knee damage.
• Blackstones: Crockett, Oliver (Cox 72), Ellis, Porter, Hunnings, Burns, Enson (Buckle 86), Boome, Scotcher, Barker, Green. Subs (not used): Smithergale, Holmes, Goode. Bookings: Oliver, Barker, Ellis.
• King's Lynn: Street, Fryatt, Watson, Buhlemann, Yong, Spriggs (White 70), Hughes, L Thurlbourne (Bexfield 75), Harris, Beamount, J Thurlbourne (Coe 65). Subs (not used): Barnes, Hails. Bookings: Beaumont, Yong, White, Street; Goals: Spriggs (3), J Thurlbourne (26).
• Referee: K Yezek. Attendance: 325