Nantwich Town 2 King’s Lynn Town 1 – Linnets out of luck on the road
- Credit: Matthew Usher
Not for the first time this season it was a case of ifs, buts and maybes for King's Lynn Town as they returned home pointless from their trip to the north-west.
A thundering Ryan Fryatt header cancelled out Matty Kosylo's opener for the hosts only for the Dabbers' Steve Jones to grab the winner with 20 minutes remaining.
In between the game's final two goals the Linnets' afternoon (and luck) was summed up in an amazing 20-second spell which saw Henry Eze's initial shot hit both posts before rebounding back to the big defender, whose next effort was cleared off the line by Andy White. The ball fell to Gregg Smith, whose goal-bound drive was blocked by a grateful home body to finally clear the danger.
Had Town scored they would have taken the lead and the final outcome could have been very different.
'It's those chances and situations that go in for you if you're top of the table on a winning run,' said a disappointed Gary Setchell afterwards. 'Following last weekend (2–1 defeat to Workington) I got into the players because we were poor and second best in most aspects of the game. Today the response, effort and commitment from all of them has been top drawer and I couldn't have asked for more from anyone.
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'The disappointing thing is that we have probably deserved to win that game this afternoon and we haven't. The game is all about scoring goals and taking your chances. We didn't do that and both of their goals have come from mistakes that we have made. The point I am trying to make is that we haven't been picked open by them, our downfall has been of our own making. I am keen though to make the point to our supporters who were not here today is that we were so much better than the last match because it is very easy just to look at a result and assume.'
Leon Mettam couldn't end his loan spell with the Linnets with a goal but Setchell was keen to pay tribute to the Tamworth striker.
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'Leon has been great for us with his contributions both on and off the pitch,' he said. 'He settled in very quickly and now returns back to his club with some match time and goals under his belt.'
Setchell also confirmed that he is continuing his efforts to bring some new faces to the club to replace the recently departed George Thomson and Jake Jones.
'It's something that we are working on and hopefully there will be something positive to report in the next week. I will reiterate it's not easy trying to bring players to King's Lynn. Things are ongoing.'