St Neots Town 0 King’s Lynn Town 1 – Play-off hopes are boosted by late Linnets goal

Kern Miller in action for King's Lynn in Saturday's 1-0 win at St Neots Town. Pictures: Helen Drake

Kern Miller in action for King's Lynn in Saturday's 1-0 win at St Neots Town. Pictures: Helen Drake - Credit: Archant

King's Lynn Town midfielder David Bridges believes a Southern League play-off place is still well within the club's reach.

The Linnets' player-coach came off the bench to clinch a stunning late victory at St Neots in a match which Lynn dominated for long periods.

It moved The Walks outfit up to 11th place in the table but just five points off a play-off spot.

Bridges said: 'I still think we've got a massive chance as everyone is beating each other. Our season is still more than alive.

'Apart from Weymouth away and a strong Merthyr side on the opening day of the season we haven't played anyone that scares us at all.

'There's nothing to be afraid of and if we can put three or four wins together we could be looking at the season in a different light.'

On his late winner, which had a touch of fortune about it after Adam Tann's clearance cannoned off him and into the net, Bridges said: 'I've just tried to keep it alive and smoother the ball as they tried to clear it and I took one for the team shall we say.

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'It's incredible really because with all the quality we've got in the team and all the chances we've created, it takes a goal like that to win a game.

'It really has been the theme of our season, but we can take away some massive confidence from this result.'

Before Lynn's late winner, a Ryan Fryatt header had clipped the woodwork, while Lee Stevenson missed two glorious chances to fire his side in front.

Lynn had also been guilty of failing to convert some delicious deliveries into the box from Jack Friend in the first half.

The Linnets' goal sparked some late pressure from the hosts, but they failed to muster one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.

Delighted Lynn boss Gary Setchell said: 'We've beaten Poole and Chippenham at home with some magnificent performances, but that was something out of a Christmas cracker.

'The pitch here allows you to pass the ball and we've created 11 or 12 good chances.

'The only criticism you could have had is that we could have ended up losing 1-0 or drawing 0-0, purely because of the opportunities we have missed.

'The players worked their socks off and they defended like lions as well. I though both Gaughran (Sam) and Miller (Kern) were magnificent at centre-half.

'I'm so proud of my players and there won't be many teams come to St Neots and do what we have done.'

St Neots: Wilton, Blackett, Frater, Anton (Clarke 68), Tann, Longden, Hawkins, Mitchel-King, Galliford (Gordon 60), Meecham, Sweeney.Unused: Hobbs, Mailancol, Ofosu

Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt, Yong, Miller, Gaughran, Smith (Bridges 75), Clunan, Hurst, Zielonka (Mulready 72), Stevenson, Friend (Edge 85). Subs not used: Castellan and L. Fryatt

Scorer: Bridges 84

Attendance: 520

Referee: Timothy Doe