Deeping Rangers 2 King's Lynn 1
5th Ocotber 2010
JOINT Linnets manager Gary Setchell refused to blame the bungling match officials as his side crashed to their second league defeat of the season.
Setchell offered a brutal admission that his side were simply not good enough despite the match officials denying leading scorer Jack Defty what looked to be a perfectly good equaliser.
A disappointed Setchell chose to concentrate on his own side's failings rather than the decisions of the referee and his two assistants, saying: "The goal which wasn't allowed is irrelevant as it didn't take away the fact that we were already two goals down.
"I said to the players afterwards it's not as though we haven't had warning after warning because I've said time after time in the last few weeks that you can't afford to give sides a two-goal start, especially away from home.
"Tonight was like playing with eight men, because two or three of our players just didn't turn up and Market Depping fully deserved their win."
Defty's first half header appeared to cross the Deeping goalmouth by some margin before a home defender got back to scramble the ball clear.
But by then the Linnets had already contributed to their own downfall by gifting a home side, whose budget was only slashed last week, a two-goal advantage in the opening 25 minutes.
Goals from Ryan Oliver and Jonathan Hand put the home side in control and the damage could have been even greater had it not been for the post and two goal-line clearances from Lynn's over-stretched rearguard.
Midfielder Luke Thurlbourne gave Lynn hope when his 30-yard thunderbolt flew into the net three minute later, but Lynn created few clear-cut opportunities in the second 45 minutes.
Setchell said: "There were three errors leading up to Deeping's first goal and for their second we've been caught deep and their number 10 has nipped in to score."
Lynn did their best to get back into proceedings in the second half, but for once both of their widemen had an off night.
Defender Pat Bexfield came closest to finding an equaliser when his 20-yard drive was smartly turned behind for a corner by Deeping goalkeeper Lee Crockett.
"Our final ball in the last third of the field wasn't good enough in the second half and I can't remember their goalkeeper having too many saves to make,�admitted Setchell.
: L. Crockett, A. Murrell, B. Porter, K. Jones, B. Brown, M. Heron, M. Stevenson, S. Tinkler, R. Oliver, J. Hand, T. Pascu (R. Birtles).
King's Lynn Town
: A. Street, P. Bexfield, K. Doherty, L. Thurlbourne, M. McNeil (K. Plumb), D. Buhlemann, S. Spriggs, D. White, J. Defty, R. Harris (B. Smith), J. Thurlbourne.