St Neots 2, King’s Lynn Town 1
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell refused to be disappointed following the Linnets' defeat by title rivals St Neots on Saturday in the UCL League Cup.
The Town joint boss stuck to his pre-match promise of using some of his squad and up and coming youngsters and was generally pleased with his side's performance.
'Today, for me, was all about performances, and I have to say that overall I am very pleased with what I have seen.' he said.
'We had three objectives today in not picking up any injuries, which we haven't; giving some squad members some vital minutes on the pitch and also giving a chance to the likes of Ryan Fryatt and Gino Livoti.
'Everyone has done everything I asked of them, and in view of that I cannot ask anything else of them.
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'Of course I am disappointed that we lost the game today because our long unbeaten run has now gone. But its not the end of the world and we now move on to the next game on Tuesday evening.'
One player who came in for praise from Setchell was defender Charlie Defty who turned in a polished display.
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'Charlie is away at Southampton doing a course but he was available for this game and has came straight in and done a great job. Believe it or not that was the first time he had played today since last August.
'Charlie is a class act and he has a big part to play here be it this or next season.
'The frustrating thing is that we are trying to get some quality players in, but we already have one here who we can't use.
'Having said that though, today we have put Bully (Dan Buhlemann) in a different position and he has been outstanding – so we have adaptable players here as well.'
St Neots made the better start with Bryn Williams shooting into the side netting and then forcing Matt Hails in the Lynn goal to block from close range following a corner.
Linnets old boy Glen Fuff fired narrowly over from a tight angle. Kieran Davies wriggled free of Jamie Alsop's attentions but again drove wide as the Linnets numerous changes struggled to gel.
However, they began to trouble the Saints' back line with Dubi Ogboona's tricky run ending with a shot over the bar and Kieran Doherty doing likewise following a Robbie Harris pass.
Livoti's rebound shot was gathered by Tim Trebes and Buhlemann fired wide twice as the half closed on a more equal note.
The Saints introduced the dangerous Jacobs at the interval and he quickly worked Hails with two efforts. Hails was in the action again just before the hour but this time for all the wrong reasons.
Referee Thorold pointed to the spot following a tangle between the Lynn keeper and Davies. Tony Skully obliged from the spot.
Doherty placed a long-range effort over but Lynn chances were few and it came as no surprise when Jacobs' accurate ball was stroked home by Gavin Strachan for a debut goal.
Despite this, had Ogbonna beat Trebes in a one-on-one situation and had Chris Bacon directed his header inside of the right-hand post, the Linnets could have forced extra time.
As it was they had to settle for an injury-time Fryatt header as their League Cup hopes were ended.
• St Neots: Trebes, Dallas Moore, Hyem, Strachan, Fuff, Gent, Davies, Fordham, Williams, Montague, Skully. Subs: Field, Davis, Jacobs, Stefan Moore, McShane. Booking: Fordham.
• King's Lynn Town: Hails, Defty, Alsop, Buhlemann, McNeil, Fryatt, Harris, Doherty, Bacon, Ogboona, Livoti. Subs: Watson, Sprigs, Luke Thurlbourne, Biles, Mcleish. Bookings: Hails, Defty, Ogboona.
• Referee: J Thorold Spalding. Att: 310.
• Town officials have confirmed that only around 100 tickets remain for supporters wishing to travel to Coalville Town for Saturday's first leg tie of the Fa vase.
These, along with tickets for the home leg, will be available on a first come, first served basis from the Walks ticket office from 6pm tomorrow evening ahead of Town's league fixture with S & L Corby.