Hayes & Yeading 0 King’s Lynn Town 1: Stevenson’s late strike enough for Linnets
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Town are back on their travels tonight, buoyed by a weekend victory that took their unbeaten run to seven games.
The Linnets will head to Westwood Road, temporary home of Cambridge City, having earned three points at Hayes & Yeading thanks to assistant boss Lee Stevenson's winner with five minutes remaining. Victory tonight would move Lynn into a respectable 11th place in the table.
Manager Gary Setchell praised his side's endeavour in Middlesex, but conceded that the first 45 minutes had left him frustrated.
'Let's be honest, that first half was totally unacceptable from us,' he admitted. 'We didn't match their work rate over the pitch and some words were exchanged. We were better after the break as we competed better and in the end got the win which, in my opinion we deserved.
'We have played much better in games this season and got nothing, so today to be a bit scruffy and come back with three points will do.
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'The downside is that I am now down to the bare bones squad wise and that will mean that we will have to call upon the reserves so we can field 11 players and three subs. We have lots of niggles at the moment, including Stevo (Stevenson) and probably Monday will be too soon for the likes of Lee Smith and Ryan Fryatt.'
The first spell saw chances at a premium with the in-form Shaun McWilliams coming closest when he delivered a long-distance free-kick from fully 30 yards crashing against the angle of bar and post following a foul on Sam Warburton.
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The visitors introduced Jordan Yong for Jacek Zielonka at the interval, prompting a change in formation which saw Lynn gain the upper hand. In quick succession both Stevenson and Sam Gaughran had headers cleared to safety.
Dan Quigley planted the ball past Danny Boness only for the assistant to rule that the ball had crossed the line before being delivered into the box. But Town got the points when Stevenson rifled home a loose ball following a Michael Clunan corner for the Linnets' fourth away win of the season.
Town: Street, Zielonka (Yong 46), Quigley, Gaughran, Ward, McWilliams, Clunan, Stevenson (Setchell 90), Hilliard, Revan (Edge 81), Warburton. Att:167