Gary Setchell feels King’s Lynn Town beat themselves after losing FA Cup thriller to AFC Fylde

FA Cup action from King's Lynn Town v AFC Fylde at The Walks - Lynn's David Bell at the final whistl

FA Cup action from King's Lynn Town v AFC Fylde at The Walks - Lynn's David Bell at the final whistle as Lynn lose 4-3. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell didn't need telling that King's Lynn Town had caused their own FA Cup downfall on Saturday.

The Linnets' boss watched on in horror as his side gifted AFC Fylde a glut of second-half goals to win a fourth qualifying round thriller at The Walks. And the honest manager refused to hide behind the real reason his team's dreams of reaching the first round were brought to an end at the weekend.

Setchell, who before the game announced he had signed striker Gregg Smith – cup tied for the huge fixture, said: 'It wasn't a brave effort. Fylde didn't beat us, we beat ourselves.

'One of my young players (Ryan Fryatt) made a dreadful mistake for the first goal. He's been great for us but that's got to be a learning curve for him. It came at the ultimate price. We made another mistake for the second goal and we didn't clear our lines when we had ample opportunity.

'They got another when their player (Richie Allen) eased my goalkeeper (Alex Street) out of the way far too easily. He's another young player who's done well for us but hopefully it'll be a learning curve. It cost us the ultimate price. We got back in the game with another goal from George (Thomson, 3-2) and then (sighing) my goalkeeper got beat at the near post with a tame shot.'

Thomson's excellent opener had given the Linnets the lead at the break. But Fryatt's first mistake in the 50th minute helped create the chance for Fylde's hat-trick hero Richie Allen to open his account and ensure it is the Coasters – not the Linnets – who join the first crop of Football League clubs to join this term's competition at the first-round stage.

'We were totally in control of the game and one mistake totally changed the complexion of the game,' added Setchell.

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'It wasn't little, it was a big mistake. I'm not digging Ryan out. He's been magnificent for us and he's going to go on to be a King's Lynn great if he stays here that long, it's as simple as that. But he'll take some picking up now.

'He's an honest lad and he knows he made a mistake. But he wasn't alone. We made errors for four goals and different players were involved. Big Henry Eze (cup-tied defender) was a miss for us and that stuck out a little bit.

'Fylde opened us up with terrible under-14 type errors.'

- Click here to read a match report and see a gallery of pictures from the Linnets' painful 4-3 defeat.