Slough Town 2 King’s Lynn Town 0 – Linnets lacking in character
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell has indicated he is on the lookout for some experienced heads in the summer to complement his array of locally-based talent following Saturday's defeat to Slough Town.
Speaking shortly after Lee Barney's brace had condemned his side to a 12th away Southern League Premier Division defeat of the season, the ever honest Setchell admitted his side are missing some know-how in their quest for success.
'I thought at times we looked a little like a boys' team out there – and that's not being disrespectful to any of the lads who have given me shift after shift this season,' said Setchell.
'We lack a Phil Gulliver, Bunts (former captain Richard Bunting) type character to go out and stamp some authority in certain areas of the pitch. Sometimes Bunts wouldn't have to say anything to a player, his look would say it all, and that on-field guidance will be crucial to the development of this group of players.
'I already have John Sands, who I feel falls into that experienced category. Obviously he is only on loan to us at the moment but, at the end of the season, we will sit down with him and I am hopeful that we can do something so that he is with us next season.'
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Setchell also had time for a blast at some members of his side who, he thought, had their minds elsewhere.
'Some of them had their flip–flops on and were down the beach with a drink, and I cannot accept that,' Lynn's boss fumed.
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'Following Tuesday's defeat I said I wanted full work-rate and determination to try and claim the nine points we had to play for and in certain quarters that didn't happen. Though, having said all of that, I feel that we created enough chances to win the game. Their keeper being named man of the match tells it's own story.'
Sands, who as the heart of most of his side's best moments, hit the post for Lynn following a mazy run and the same player saw a cheeky flick drop just over the bar following Michael Clunan's delivery. Liam Hurst lobbed keeper Mark Scott but saw his effort cleared off the line by Warren Harris.
Barney opened the scoring just after the half-hour and had the final say late on when he again benefitted from a Ryan Hope pass.
Slough Town: Scott, Fraser, Dhillon, Hollis, Hicks, Hope, Putmen, Webb, Barney, Gokmen, Harris (Parsons, 64). Unused subs: Sear, Grant, Raju. Booked: Fraser. Goals: Barney (31, 90)
King's Lynn Town: Street, R Fryatt, Yong, Miller, Castellan, Smith (L Fryatt, 65), Clunan (Edge, 76), Hurst (Hilliard, 71), Mulready, Sands, Stevenson. Subs not used: Zielonka, Friend.
Referee: Neil Morrison