Northwich Victoria 0 King's Lynn 1
2nd February 2013
Linnets boss Gary Setchell says his side will need to emulate Saturday's performance at Northwich between now and the end of the campaign to book a place in the play-offs.
The Walks outfit were forced to show all of their battling qualities on their way to beating the in-form Vics after having captain Richard Bunting sent off for picking up two yellow cards.
Before his dismissal, Bunting proved to be the match winner after converting a well-worked Steve Spriggs corner in a set-piece move straight from the training ground.
A delighted Setchell, who had to watch the game from the stands and communicate with his coaching staff via mobile phone because of his two-game touchline ban, said: "That's an unbelievable three points for us.
"Not just with the lay-off we've had, or coming on the back of a big FA Trophy run, but because I thought the lads were absolutely first class, every one of them.
"The effort and desire the players showed was a different class and we're going to need another ten of those performances as that's how away games are at this level"
Saturday's victory saw Bunting register his first goal for the club, Lynn keep their first clean sheet on their travels in the league and Setchell's side complete their first EvoStik League double of the season.
Setchell was disappointed with the dismissal of his skipper Bunting, saying: �I don't think Bunts should have been sent-off.
"I thought he was immense all afternoon with Quigs (Dan Quigley) in the centre. He didn't get one decision go for him today.
"I really don't know what the referee had against him. That was the only disappointment for me, but the lads kept the three points for him which was pleasing."
Other than providing the pass which led to the only goal of the afternoon, Spriggs had a very quiet afternoon in a game short of chances on a bog of a pitch.
The hard-working Shane Tolley was Lynn's biggest threat of the afternoon, while Danny Gay made fine saves to deny both Danny Wisdom and Kevin Leadbetter at the other end of pitch.
The closest Northwich came to finding an equaliser was when Alex Taylor's deflected effort came back of the woodwork in the dying minutes of the game.
: Dickinson, El-Harrati, Mooney, Duggan, Mercer, Kilford, Harries, Taylor, McEvatt (Rainford 66), Wisdom, Leadbetter (Bunney 66). Subs not used: Alexander, Newton. Booked: Wisdom, Mooney, Taylor.
: Gay, Watson, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (White 67), Bunting, Quigley, Thomson (Beaumont 76), Thurlbourne (Dunkley 54), Tolley. Subs not used: Buhlemann, Biles. Booked: Quigley, Bunting, Yong, Tolley. Sent-off: Bunting.
Goal: Bunting (65).
: 115. Referee
: L. Rashid. MoM
: Jason Lee.