Gary Setchell’s big risk provides King’s Lynn Town with a FA Cup reward
Gary Setchell's defensive gamble paid off as King's Lynn Town continued their latest FA Cup adventure.
The Linnets have reached the final qualifying stage twice in the four years they have entered the competition since being reformed in 2010. And now they're just one more victory away from reaching the fourth qualifying round once more after seeing off Witham Town with a patched-up back four on Saturday.
Kern Miller, risked despite a hamstring problem due to the unavailability of Sam Gaughran (injured) and Matty Castellan (ineligible), and central midfielder David Bridges were resolute at the heart of Lynn's makeshift defence as Witham failed to score for the first time in 15 matches. When left-back Jordan Yong limped off to join an increasing rearguard queue for the treatment table, midfielder Conor Marshall was equally impressive in an unusual left-back role.
Boss Gary Setchell, whose side secured victory through a 15th-minute penalty from Michael Clunan – himself forced to pass a late fitness test to feature – said: 'It was job done, but I was very disappointed with the performance of some of my players.
'We were very lethargic. We did have to shake it up which made us a little bit here, there and everywhere. We had more chances and possession but I expect a little bit more. Conor, Kern, Michael and Bridgo reached their levels and I think the rest of them, if they're being honest with themselves, didn't. It was a game we'd have lost a couple of weeks ago.
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'Kern was great as was Bridgo. Conor in midfield, and then when he went back to left back, was terrific. But attacking wise we didn't get the passing going and it just didn't really happen for us.'
The £4,500 prize money never really looked in doubt during a dour affair which saw Witham, who play one level below Lynn, strike a post through Scott Kemp after the break as they searched for an equaliser.
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