Thrapston 2, King’s Lynn 4
FA VASE: Linnets' joint boss Gary Setchell admitted Town remain a work in progress after booking a place in Monday's FA Vase second round draw.
Lynn cruised into a four goal lead before UCL Division One hosts Thrapston grabbed a late brace to punish some wayward finishing from the visitors. Robbie Harris plundered a hat-trick with skipper Jack Defty slotting a cool penalty inside the opening hour but David Coales and Jamie Russell reduced the arrears in the closing stages.
Setchell is confident of further progress in the national competition which sees Lynn go into the draw alongside neighbours Wisbech plus Ridgeons duo Gorleston and last season's FA Vase runners-up Wroxham.
'A home draw is all I want,' said Setchell. 'It doesn't matter who against. At home, it wouldn't concern me if we got the best team in it. We're in the proper rounds now. Two or three more games and you can start looking at the last 32 or last 16 but we'll keep our feet firmly on the ground. We have a massive game at Deeping in the league midweek and St Neots have gone out and made a big statement in the transfer market recently as well. We have to keep working hard to keep pace with them.
'What we've shown again against Thrapston is the further we go in this competition, we won't be able to rely on outscoring teams. That is a fact and if we don't cut out the goals against then we might well end up coming away from a third or fourth round tie and saying, 'we saw it coming but we didn't do anything about it.' We either do something with the personnel we've got or we bring someone in.'
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Setchell conceded Thrapston's final flourish took the edge off another free-scoring display.
'After the start we had in the second half it should have been like a testimonial,' he said. 'We should have kept the ball and enjoyed it. Instead we come off feeling disappointed - not because we are in the hat - but because we missed glorious chances and then gave away two goals in the last five minutes.
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'It leaves a bitter taste. Here I felt it was a mental thing. We were 2-0 up and I had a go at them at half time because I felt there was one or two going through the motions. It was Thrapston away, there wasn't 800 in the crowd, it wasn't a big stadium and it was like they didn't deserve to be on the same pitch as us.
'We had that attitude at Long Buckby and we came unstuck. I don't think we approach these games with a cocky or arrogant attitude but sometimes it is a player's mentality. Players have to go out with the same intensity home and away. On the whole, very happy with most of the players but as a group sometimes we let ourselves down by taking our foot off the pedal.'
Linnets' number one Alex Street underlined his growing reputation with a string of fine stops to celebrate signing a two year deal on the eve of the cup tie.
'He showed why we put him on a contract,' said Setchell. 'He made two good saves before we scored and again at 4-1 there was another glorious save. He won't be able to keep doing it and one day we'll end up with egg on our faces but saying that we are a young side who will only improve and ten wins on the spin is not easy at any level.'
• Thrapston: Jones, Willmott (Le Mesurier 56), Lord, Goosey, Harris, Coales, Ellwood, Russell, Daldy (Houghton 49), Davis, Morgan (Harrison 64). Subs (not used): Chambers, Baxter.
Goals: Coales (87), Russell (90)
• King's Lynn: Street, Bexfield, Doherty, Buhlemann, McNeil (Plumb 45), L Thurlbourne, Spriggs, White (Kelly 67), Defty, Harris (Smith 56), J Thurlbourne. Sub (not used): Hails.
Goals: Harris (17, 48, 53), Defty (30)
• Referee: A Raynor
• Attendance: 410