King’s Lynn Town 3, Yaxley 2
Gary Setchell blasted his side's work rate despite a 3-2 victory over Yaxley and claimed his side underestimated their struggling opponents. The Linnets had to rely on two strikes from Rob Hughes as they came from behind to record victory. Danny Beaumont grabbed King's Lynn Town's other goal, with Lewis Stone and Jones De Souza scoring for the visitors.
Setchell said; 'I am not going to have my players pulling out of headers and bottling tackles. I had to take off three of my best players today as I did not think they were giving me everything they have got. It was a sheer case of not giving Yaxley the respect they deserved.'
Setchell made two changes from the Lynn side that confidently dispatched with bottom side Desborough Town for the visit of second bottom Yaxley. Luke Thurlbourne replaced Ryan Fryatt and Beaumont came in for Robbie Harris.
King's Lynn Town took the lead on eight minutes when a slip from Ricky Hailstones in the Yaxley defence let in Beaumont who slotted home with ease. The Linnets lead lasted for literally two minutes, as Lewis Stone produced a thunderbolt of a free-kick to level the scores. The home side almost regained the lead when Jamie Thurlbourne's cheeky lob just evaded the crossbar.
Linnets came close again in the 37th minute, Stephen Spriggs smashed the cross bar with a sweet volley after Liam Harrold had flicked on a long ball. Lynn had two more chances before the break; it was a very disappointing first half display from King's Lynn Town as they struggled to come to terms with the work rate and sheer determination of Yaxley.
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Yaxley took a shock lead seven minutes after the break with another stunning strike, De Souza riffled home a half volley from the edge of the box. Setchell responded to this disappointment with a double substitution, Harris and Ben Coe replacing Jamie Thurlbourne and Spriggs. Beaumont forced Yaxley goalkeeper Lea Jordan into a fantastic save with a well struck free-kick, moments later Lynn were level, Robert Hughes tapped in after Coe's skimming drive had rebounded off the post.
Two minutes later Hughes was at it again, his deflected shot giving The Linnets a lead they barely deserved. Yaxley rallied towards the end as the home crowd grew more and more nervous, although Beaumont did miss a golden chance to seal the game on the break; his left foot shot just evaded Jordan's post. Yaxley came within inches of a late leveller, substitute Dan Hotchkiss's diving header cannoning back of Alex Street's upright, but Lynn held on to maintain their position at the top of the United Counties League.
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• King's Lynn Town: Street, L.Thurlbourne, Yong, Wall, Buhlemann, Hughes (c), Spriggs (Harris), White, Harrold (Fryatt), Beaumont, J.Thurlbourne (Coe).
Unused Subs: Hails.
Goals: Beaumont (8), Hughes (62, 64)
• Yaxley: Jordan, Wood, Stone, De Souza (Ofusu), Holland, Challinor, Rosser (Hotchkiss), Jones, Beech, Hailstones (C), Gale.
Unused Subs: Hollis, Bellars.
Goals: Stone (10), De Souza (52)
Bookings: Hailstones, Jones, Wood
• Attendance: 554