Southern Premier Division: King’s Lynn Town 2 Hayes & Yeading 2
- Credit: Ian Burt
Gary Setchell is close to becoming King's Lynn Town's longest-serving manager, but perhaps his true test is just about to begin.
Just one league win in six has left more questions than answers at The Walks with almost a third of the season behind the west Norfolk side.
During Setchell's long tenure at the club, Lynn have achieved two promotions and various cup runs under his guidance and have finished lower than mid-table only once in three seasons at Step Three.
But a season of struggle could be in store unless the Linnets can start turning some of their home draws into wins.
Lynn have drawn five of their opening eight games on their own patch – one more than they managed during the whole of last season.
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This wasn't the way Setchell wanted to mark his 350th game in charge and whatever he has achieved in the past it will be the club's future progress which concerns him most.
Lynn were better than the previous week's showing against Cirencester, but when the going got tough against Hayes and Yeading too many players went missing. Once again it was striker Leon Mettam who rescued a late point – for the second successive home game.
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Mettam was at his clinical best in a game which Lee Stevenson should have wrapped up when one-on-one with the visiting goalkeeper early in the second half.
The frontman opened the scoring in the 17th minute before firing home an equaliser in the dying seconds after Tom Gilbey and Jerson Dos Santos had put Hayes and Yeading in front with the help of some slack home defending.
Lynn: Street, R Fryatt, Yong, Gaughran, Mills (Emmington 80), Quigley, M Clunan (Edge 74), Stevenson, Zielonka, Mettam, Revan. Subs not used: A Clunan, McQuaid, Pearson.
Goals: Mettam 17, 89.
Hayes: Wells, Evans (Brown 46), Gilbey, Durojaiye, Adebowale, Debayo, Dos Santos (Kearney 82), McCarthy (Mugoya 46), Simpson, Macklin, Humphrys. Sub not used: Otuyo.
Goals: Gilbey 69, Dos Santos 76.
Referee: Chris Francis (Ely)