Stourbridge 3 King’s Lynn Town 0: Quigley future uncertain after no-show
- Credit: Matthew Usher
Dan Quigley will be disciplined by King's Lynn Town after his failure to arrive in the Midlands on Saturday as the Linnets went down to their biggest defeat of the season.
First-half goals from Will Richards and George Bowerman had put the hosts in the driving seat and with Josh Morgan-Parker adding a third in the second half a clearly angry Lynn boss Gary Setchell was left to vent his fury at his absent utility player.
'Firstly, and most importantly I hope the lad is okay,' said Setchell. 'I have protected him in the past but I have to say that this is not the first time something like this has happened. I have had excuses of being stuck in traffic on his way to Ramsbottom earlier in the season, tyre blowouts and even a neighbour's dog passing away, you could say some lame excuses. He hasn't contacted me today, I have tried to contact him without success as have some of the players.
'He has let me down, the players, the club and the supporters who have come along here today. I take pride that he has been with us from the beginning in step five like some of the other lads and working his way through to step three. I am hoping he can be with us when we reach another level but if he 's not careful he will find himself back down at step five.'
Setchell must have known it wasn't going to be his afternoon when before kick-off he also lost centre-half Ryan Fryatt who was taken ill with a virus aboard the team coach and deemed only fit enough for the bench. Gregg Smith was out due to suspension so the Linnets started the match without their backbone.
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The hosts took the lead with seven minutes on the clock from a corner as Richards' glancing header beat a stumbling Alex Street from Bowerman's delivery. Jackson Ramm hit a bobbling shot at Dean Coleman in the Glassboys goal and Michael Frew's snapshot was deflected for a corner as the Linnets made some of their lengthy periods of possession pay. Deep into first-half stoppage time Bowerman put the hosts in control as he latched onto a long direct ball from his defence, got beyond his marker Jordan Yong and coolly drew Street before sliding home from close in.
Street was busy again as the second spell began with more home pressure which finally saw Leon Broadhurst's header tipped over the bar. Lynn again began to carve out some chances as David Bell's long ranger was pushed away by Coleman with the resulting corner falling to Stephen Spriggs whose first-time effort was again saved by Coleman.
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Any lingering comeback hopes were finally extinguished by Morgan Parker on 64 minutes who out-muscled Henry Eze and lobbed the ball beyond Street into the empty net.