Demands of Evo-Stik Premier Division causes Danny Beaumont to quit King’s Lynn Town

Action from FA Trophy 2nd qualifying round at The Walks, between King's Lynn Town v Carshalton Athle

Action from FA Trophy 2nd qualifying round at The Walks, between King's Lynn Town v Carshalton Athletic - Lynn's Danny Beaumont challenges for the ball. Picture; Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

King's Lynn Town's increased travelling distances next season claimed its second victim last night in the shape of Danny Beaumont.

The Necton-based attacker had agreed a deal to stay with the Linnets for their first spell at Step Three of the non-league ladder in the Evo-Stik (Northern) Premier Division. However, he was privately hoping the club would win its appeal to be moved into the Southern Premier Division – a move which would have benefited him more than any of Gary Setchell's players due to his location.

The FA turned down the Linnets' request and after undertaking some thinking time, the 23-year-old yesterday decided to join Russell Dunkley in ending his spell at The Walks after helping the club win Evo-Stik Division One South last season.

Setchell said: 'With the extra hours, miles, and more demanding nature of being in the Northern Premier League, especially with him being our most southerly player, Danny has decided to leave the club.

'He's disappointed to be leaving but we aren't like some clubs who can go paying big money to compensate for hours and time off work. That's what it boils down to. If he lived 30 miles the other side of Lynn, or had we been in the Southern League, he would have stuck at it. But unfortunately he lives the wrong way down the A47.

'I'd like to wish him all the best and thank him for the part he played in helping us record back-to-back promotions.'

Beaumont joined Lynn on a two-year contract in June 2011, for an undisclosed fee, after scoring 112 goals in 207 appearances for Dereham Town. He scored 35 goals in 99 matches at The Walks, but did spell large parts of last season on the substitutes' bench.

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'Beauy was going to be battling Andy Hall, Ryan Robbins, Dan Jacob and Steve Spriggs for a position in the team', said the Lynn boss.

'I'm in no rush to replace him. The wide positions are more than covered. With being on a tight budget, his departure will probably help me strengthen other areas. I'm still looking to bring in possibly one new player in the near future.'

The pacy wideman, who can play as a main striker, now looks set to return to Dereham in the coming days.