King’s Lynn Town 0, Long Buckby 1
Linnets' joint-manager Gary Setchell admitted his team were beaten by the better side as Long Buckby came away from The Walks with all three UCL Premier Division points at the expense of Town's 100 per cent record.
Dan Quigley's crisp volley was enough to secure the points for the visitors. 'They've done a good job on us today, sometimes you just have to put your hands up and say the better team won,' said Setchell. 'They came and had a go at us and caused us a few problems in the first half and we never really managed to get any foothold in the game.
'They are a big, well organised outfit that work hard. They are a very very good step five side. We were weak all over the pitch compared to Long Buckby and you have got to say well played to them, as they were the better side on the day.'
Town welcomed back last season's top scorer Jack Defty and defender Jordan Yong to their starting line-up, with Ryan Fryatt and Robbie Harris dropping to the bench.
The away side were the first to threaten, the superb reactions of Alex Street denying Long Buckby striker Fazel Koriya when through on goal. Minutes later returning striker Defty had Lynn's first chance of the game when he forced Tom Stephanou into a smart save after good work from Danny Beaumont.
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Beaumont came close himself on 14 minutes, when he latched onto a knockdown from Defty and fired into the side netting.
The visitors eventually took the lead their play deserved in the 31st minute when impressive midfielder Quigley struck home a sweet volley after Ross Dunkley's header panicked Lynn's back-line.
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Long Buckby almost doubled their lead minutes later when Craig Kelly fizzed in a dangerous free-kick that just needed a touch.
Lynn were inches away from levelling before the interval when Beaumont beat Stephanou only to see his toe poked shot come back off the post, meaning the Linnets went into the break trailing.
After a slow start to the second half, Setchell and Kevin Boon introduced fans' favourite Harris in an attempt to improve the Linnets' firepower. Despite this it was the visitors who continued to impress, and only a last ditch block from Stuart Wall prevented Long Buckby from extending their lead.
Harris came close to an equaliser with an acrobatic overhead kick that was caught by Stephanou.
Lynn began to exert more pressure on Long Buckby as the game went on and a trademark far post header from Defty flew inches over. Harris was thwarted by a superb tackle from Stuart Smethers, as the visitors' defending became more desperate.
Stephen Spriggs wasted a free-kick in a promising area as the frustration of the home faithful grew more and more audible. There was a late rally from the hosts and Danny White had his header superbly tipped over by Stephanou as the Linnets failed to find an equaliser and slipped to their first defeat of the season.
• King's Lynn Town: Street, Bexfield, Yong, Cousins, Wall, White, Spriggs, L Thurlbourne (Fryatt), Defty, Beaumont (Harris), J Thurlbourne (Coe).
Unused Subs: Hails, Buhlemann.
Bookings: Cousins (37), Defty (66)
• Long Buckby: Stephanou, Wilkinson, Kelly, Smethers, Hewitt, Quigley, Davis (Gordon), Bunting, Dunkley, Koriya (Allen), Ling (Foster).
Unused Subs: Green.
• Goals: Quigley (31)
Bookings: Ling (42), Gordon (79)
• Attendance: 806