King’s Lynn Town display know-how to return to winning ways against Nantwich Town
- Credit: IAN BURT
Some fans might not have liked it but Lynn's professionalism got them over the line on Saturday.
While one supporter decided to bemoan keeper Alex Street for taking too long as he prepared to complete a goal kick – so loudly that almost all of the rest of The Walks could hear him – he was simply doing what he has learned. Trafford did something similar as they saw out their victory last week. The Linnets probably should have done the same at Belper in midweek.
When there are a handful of minutes left on the referee's watch, footballers are encouraged to waste time. It's built into their psyche. To run down the clock. To eat into their opponents' remaining few seconds that are available to grab an equaliser. Gary Setchell was happy that 'Pedro' did what he did as his men tried to squeeze three points out of their fixture against Nantwich. Lynn's boss was delighted when he saw his outfield players turn the ball into the corner. And to be fair, there's no reason he shouldn't be.
Would that rather vocal fan who shouted 'Come on Pedro, we're at home' been happy had he rushed his kick and Nantwich eventually found an equaliser? Probably not. Of course he's entitled to his opinion – as am I in thinking he was wrong in even feeling the need to criticise Street's actions. Yes, football is an entertainment industry. But for 45 minutes, from their own players at least, the home faithful couldn't complain about what was served up for them to feast upon on non-league day.
They saw two teams who were keen to attack and a couple of goals from the men in blue and gold. Jackson Ramm's opener looked spectacular, even if it was lucky, and the second – which wasn't a cross-come-goal – was delightful as David Bell linked up with George Thomson before the latter bagged his fourth goal of the season.
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Yet Aaron Burns' 59th-minute strike changed the complexity of the game and Lynn had to shut up shop. They had to stem Nantwich's hope of bagging an equaliser. The Dabbers didn't come massively close with the fantastically rock-solid centre-back pairing of Ross Watson and debutant Henry Eze making a number of crucial interventions. But as the game wore on the worries that Lynn might blow another late advantage started to grow. So it should have been no surprise that all of those men who felt distraught at conceding an injury-time strike during a 3-3 draw with Belper set to work. They played the ball in the right areas. They gave away fouls up the pitch. And they took their time when there was a break in play.
It might not have been as pretty as the opening period but it was equally effective. It showed that this Lynn side are more than just a team who can play easy-on-the-eye football and score goals as a result of sweeping moves.
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Victories in the Evo-Stik Premier Division do not come easy. So they should be enjoyed however they come. And while a 4-0 triumph is rightly lapped up, there's something equally refreshing in seeing a team grind out a triumph. After three matches without a win, that's exactly what the Linnets needed to do at the weekend.
Frustration is an understandable emotion. But sometimes it has to be felt to enjoy an even greater feeling – namely being on the winning side. As for Setchell. He really won't care what anyone thinks. He simply has one job to do. And that's get points – whatever way he has to get them.