King’s Lynn 3, Cogenhoe 0
King's Lynn Town management duo Gary Setchell and Kevin Boon are determined The Linnets will end the season with some silverware following their final league outing of the season on Saturday.
Chris Bacon's second half brace and another Robbie Harris goal from the bench was more than enough to see off a resilient Cogenhoe outfit to finish the season on 103 points - two adrift of champions St Neots and fully 15 clear of third-placed Newport Pagnell.
Setchell admitted Town now aim to bring the Norfolk Senior Cup trophy back from Carrow Road when they face Dereham later this month.
'It would be great to win it and we are all looking forward to finally getting the final played,' he said. 'It will be difficult for us as we will be without Jamie Alsop for the first date along with Ross Watson who is cup-tied and Pat Bexfield who will be suspended. That's not making excuses but straight away that's three of the back four gone. It's a prestige cup to win and we will be giving it our all on the night to win it - not only for us but for our supporters who have been magnificent throughout the season both at home and away.'
Boon also took the opportunity to praise Lynn's army of supporters who have stuck with the fledgling outfit throughout.
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'There has been nearly 650 through the gate here today for a game where, apart from pride there has been nothing at stake,' he said. 'For me they are the real winners here today showing true commitment to the bitter end. We have been very unfortunate this season to earn 103 points and still not be promoted. Our form here has ben superb but in the cold light of day it was the Tuesday night away games where we have dropped points from winning positions that has cost us very dear.
'We have though ended up with a very good points per average ratio for any step five team so who knows, come June we may have some good news.'
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Boon admitted that work on next season's squad has already begun with Lynn refusing to rest on their laurels.
'We have to speak with Buster first and that will be happening very shortly,' confirmed Boon. 'We know what we are looking for and we have identified three or four players who we think can do a job for us. We also have some players who have contacted us about coming here and me and Setch had a chat with a couple of lads here on Thursday so we are not letting the grass grow under our feet.
'When players come here they can see the great facility we have in place and the set up both on and off the pitch. Along with the quality players we already have the appeal you would think may sway their minds.'
Cogenhoe was one of the Tuesday night away games where the Linnets had dropped points and had Alfie Taylor scored after he broke away from Brady Stone in the first half the Cooks may again have frustrated Lynn. However Lynn stepped up a gear after the break as Bacon nodded home from close range after Stephen Spriggs had done all the spade work on the right. Matt Gearing raced through but hashed his final effort with Alex Street a spectator in the home goal. Harris provided a neat finish following some nifty footwork and deep into stoppage time Bacon tapped in Lynn's third of the afternoon after Harris' initial shot was parried by Anthony O'Connor giving the home side an amazing 135 league goals for the season.
The loudest cheers were reserved for after the game as chairman Buster Chapman publicly thanked the players and supporters for their season's efforts and for the players who were awarded their runners-up medals from UCL representatives.
• King's Lynn Town: Street, Watson, Alsop, Luke Thurlbourne, McNeil, Stone (Bacon), Spriggs( Harris), White, Defty, Bexfield, Jamie Thurlbourne (Reeve). Sub (not used): Hails.
• Cogenhoe United: O'Connor, Thomason, Lukeman, Ainge, Chilton, Gotch, Gearing, McGowan (Mortimer), Bates (Saloom), Taylor, Leslie. Sub (not used): Fitzgerald.
• Referee: Mr A Wilson (Boston)