Proud King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell hails his FA Trophy heroes
Proud King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell hailed his heroes after they dumped higher-level Barwell out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The Linnets boss described the display as the best of his reign as The Walks outfit beat their highly-rated opponents thanks to Jason Turner's cool 68th-minute finish.
With the Leicestershire club flying high in this year's FA Cup and the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division – a league at Step Three of the non-league ladder – it was always going to take a huge performance from Step Four Lynn.
And they gave just that to book their place in the second qualifying round, much to the delight of Setchell who was quick to salute his charges' courage and work-rate.
'I'm delighted. We believed in it from the outset. We had a look at them for the first 20 minutes and then thought 'hang about we're matching these',' said the Lynn boss.
'They're a very good side and it was an even game as our players matched them. Some of them were playing Step Two last year and a lot of ours were playing Step Five. But we went out on the pitch and showed what hard work, effort, desire, discipline and composure can do. These boys just keep exceeding expectations because they're willing and they want to learn.
'We changed to 4-4-2 and it didn't affect us a jot as we worked as hard as ever. It was a magnificent performance from one to 17. It's a massive win for us, probably the best I've had since I've been at the football club.'
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Turner's goal was his fourth of the season, but his first from open play, and buried his own recent demons in front of goal at The Walks.
The usual goal-machine had missed a hatful of chances in front of his own fans of late – particularly against Carlton Town. But he wasn't found wanting when he latched onto a long ball and rounded on-coming Canaries' keeper Liam Castle before slotting into an empty net from the edge of the box.
His strike was celebrated wildly by his team-mates and Setchell insisted he was equally pleased for the much-travelled frontman.
The Lynn boss said: 'Jason's a finisher. He's 31, he's a clever footballer, he hasn't got the legs he had 10 years ago but we know that. However, he's a clever finisher and he works his socks off. He runs himself into the ground and he deserved his goal for his efforts this season.
'He's had some highs and he's had some lows and he's shown some unbelievable bottle at times this year to step up in crucial situations. And I think you could see everyone was pleased for him that the goal went in, just like they were for Forsh (Forshaw) when it went in for him at Lincoln.'
However, for many supporters the true hero of the day was goalkeeper Alex Street.
The 21-year-old had been the club's number one from the day it reformed in 2010 until Danny Gay signed last week. The shot-stopper, known as Pedro, has signed dual registration forms with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Wisbech Town to earn some game time but returned to the Lynn line-up with Gay cup-tied.
And he took his chance with both hands, saving Jamie Towers' penalty, and incredibly the re-take, after he was adjudged to have come off his line to stop the spot-kick.
Setchell said: 'I am proud of Pedro. He's one of my boys and I've had him since he was 17. Like he said, he's only going to learn off Danny Gay, and he's been very mature about the whole situation.
'He's going to Wisbech now full of confidence because he's a great keeper.
'No one has ever said he isn't but he's just got to find his feet. He's a young lad, he has a lot of experience, and on Saturday he was magnificent – like the rest of them.
'Saturday will have done him the power of good and he'll be back for us for the next round.'
Lynn collected �2,550 prize money for their win and will learn who their next opponents in the competition are at lunchtime this afternoon.
? For a match report and photo gallery from Saturday's game click on the related link on the right-hand side of this page.
? Visit our website later for details of the second qualifying round draw.