Missile attack adds to Linnets' despair

King's Lynn face a possible FA investigation after referee Watts handed over two objects thrown in the direction of Chippenham keeper Steve Perrin- believed to be a drinks bottle and a packet of chewing gum - to stewards.

King's Lynn face a possible FA investigation after referee Watts handed over two objects thrown in the direction of Chippenham keeper Steve Perrin- believed to be a drinks bottle and a packet of chewing gum - to stewards.

Linnets boss Tommy Taylor was also forced to intervene at the final whistle to separate both sets of players in the corridor to the changing rooms.

“It was a storm in a tea cup,” said Taylor. “All our boys were sat down and suddenly there was a fracas outside. Chippenham players were making a huge noise coming down the tunnel and banging on the door.

“Suddenly the stewards appeared from nowhere so I just pulled one or two of our lads back inside - then the police arrived. I got the Chippenham boys into their dressing room and wished them best of luck for the final.”


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Taylor was in less charitable mood with Cooper after Lynn were reduced to ten men for the final 30 minutes.

“Coops knows the law - if you take your shirt off it's a booking,” said Taylor. “He's then dived in when there was no need.

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“When you challenge from behind you always run the risk. It was on the halfway line and he had two defenders behind him so I don't know why he had to do it. The lads are devastated. You only got one chance in football and we didn't take our opportunity.”

Taylor will now hold talks with Linnets chairman Ken Bobbins regarding his and the club's future next season.

“This hurts right now but I have to get over it - if they want me here I need to start planning right away,” he said. “I haven't spoken to anyone yet but we've finished third and should've really been second so I don't think it's a massive re-building job.

“We dropped too many points early on and you can't do that at any level. I was asked to cut the budget half way through, which was difficult. I understand the situation - not too many teams can spend the sort of money Salisbury did - so it's about cutting your cloth.

“There's players we want to keep and I've got my eye on people to bring in - but obviously a few will leave.”

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