King’s Lynn Town 0 Leamington 0: Linnets show signs of progress against high-flyers

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell.

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell. - Credit: Ian Burt

Comparisons could easily be drawn between King's Lynn Town's inconsistent season and an end-of-term school report.

'Good progress, but could do better' would sum up Lynn's campaign perfectly so far, with Saturday's goalless draw with title hopefuls Leamington another example of how close Lynn are to getting it right.

Other than Hitchin, the Linnets have picked up results against all sides in the top eight but, at the other end of the scale, they have under-performed by only beating one team in the bottom eight.

The Linnets asked the questions for the majority of this encounter, but the Brakes showed just why they've got the best defensive record in the Southern League with a stubborn rearguard display.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: 'We've got to get ourselves in the mix and we've shown we can compete with these teams.

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'We've taken 18 or 19 points off the top eight this season, but have only nine or 10 off the bottom eight.

'That's where we are going wrong.

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'We are failing to deal with the bottom sides and we beat all of the top five at home last season.

'We've got to get ourselves in the position where these types of games are meaningful, where we are fifth and they (Leamington) are third and there's between 800 and a 1000 people here.

'That would make a difference to everything. That would make a difference to the finances, the players and me so that's the challenge.'

Leamington goalkeeper Tony Breeden was at full-stretch to push away a piledriver from Sam Warburton early in the second half, but that was as close as anyone came to breaking the deadlock.

Lynn: Street, Zielonka (Hilliard 84), Fryatt, Gaughran, Ward, Quigley (Smith 74), Clunan, McWilliams, Hawkins, Revan (Stevenson 59), Warburton. Subs not used: Yong and Edge.

Booked: Gaughran

Leamington: Breeden, Taundry, Gudger, Magunda, Hood, Mace, Powell (Gregory 68), Pond, Baker-Richardson, Gittings, Obeng (Thompson-Brown 84). Subs not used: Goddard, George, Naylor.

Booked: Gudger

Attendance: 601.

Referee: Mr H. Cutmore (Peterborough).

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