King’s Lynn Town boss rues costly late errors against Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Chorley

Lynn's Jason Lee at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Jason Lee at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Gary Setchell bemoaned the sloppy defending which cost King's Lynn Town a draw against league-leaders Chorley on Saturday.

The Linnets look destined to share the spoils with the Evo-Stik Premier Division title-challengers as the game entered its final 15 minutes at The Walks. But the hosts contrived to give away two goals to slip to a disappointing defeat.

Lynn's boss said of Darren Stephenson's opener: 'When the ball is 95 yards from your goal and it's in your goal six seconds later that's unexplainable. Three of my players misread the flight of the ball, Ryan Clarke didn't tuck round enough, and Pedro (Alex Street) – should he have come, should he not have come – did nothing and the lad scored. It was a gift.

'Then we gave a silly penalty away when one of my players has dived in, in the box. Overall though I think Chorley were that little bit better than us, hence why they're top of the league.'

The loss followed the news that winter signing Jack McGovern had decided to leave the club and join Grantham Town due to travel and work commitments.

Setchell said: 'It's one of those things. You can't hold a player captive. I could have made Grantham put seven days in and been awkward, but there's no point. Jack's a good lad, he's done no harm to the football club and I am disappointed because I thought he was growing into being a decent King's Lynn player.'

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