Grantham 3 King’s Lynn Town 3: Linnets display the good, the bad and the ugly

It's been a couple of months to forget for Gary Setchell. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

It's been a couple of months to forget for Gary Setchell. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Not for the first time this season King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell saw the very best and worst of his team against Grantham in a match that was an overview of their mixed season to date.

Setchell saw the good, the bad and the ugly of the Linnets on a rollercoaster day for his side.

After 26 minutes it was all good. Following an even start a goal of pure quality, which involved David Bell and Stephen Spriggs in the build-up, allowed Sam Mulready to put his side ahead.

Leon Mettam made it two shortly after from the penalty spot following Will Rawdon's challenge on Spriggs.

Just when it looked full steam ahead for only a second away league victory of the season for the Linnets the bad arrived in the shape of a Ben Saunders strike when Town should, and could, have cleared the ball to safety instead of allowing Grantham to get a foot back in the door.


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The downright ugly had to be the opening 15 minutes of the second spell as again the Linnets' soft centre was exposed by centre back Scott Hellewell, lurking in the box following a free kick to level things.

Things then got worse as Henry Eze decided to keep the ball alive on the touchline instead of taking the safe option and clearing the ball into touch.

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Paul Grimes dispossessed the Lynn man and centred for Saunders who controlled well before finishing past a helpless Alex Street. Eze slightly redeemed himself with three minutes remaining with a powerful header following a knock on from Dan Quigley but this was not enough for Setchell after the match.

'I suppose I should be happy with a late equaliser away from home but the truth is I'm very disappointed,' said Setchell. 'We have shot ourselves in the foot with silly individual errors and bad decision making all over the park. It's something that we have been working very hard on in training and it's something that we have got to keep working on.'

Setchell confirmed after the game that the club had received a seven-day notice of approach, believed to be from league rivals Halesowen Town, for wide man Jake Jones.

Jones joined the Linnets in the summer from Tamworth following a loan spell with The Walks club last season. He has made 59 appearances for the club scoring 11 times.

'I will be speaking with him to see next week,' confirmed Setchell. 'Obviously we would like him to stay but if he decides to go we have to look at bringing in some new faces, especially with losing George (Thomson) in the week.'

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