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King's Lynn 3 Sleaford Town 3
11th October 2011
THE Stratford scouting report will make happy reading for manager Morton Titerton on his return from Russia this week.
In a game they totally dominated, the Linnets still managed to concede three goals thanks to a defence which had more holes than a block of Swiss cheese.
As if the first two goals weren't bad enough, goalkeeper Alex Street's error for Sleaford's last-gasp equaliser summed up Lynn's night after they had fought back from two goals down to take the lead in the second half.
Stratford will arrive at The Walks with much hope, although angry Linnets boss Gary Setchell conceded that his side can't defend as badly as they did on Tuesday.
Setchell said: "It was a game we dominated in all areas of the pitch but at the end of the day the final scoreline reads 3-3.
"We've gifted Sleaford two goals in the first half and, although we've worked hard to get back into the game, a goalkeeping error at the death has cost us two points.
"I'm not going to crucify Alex (Street) as he has been brilliant for us since he came to the club but overall defensively we simply weren't good enough.
"The guy from Stratford wouldn't have learned anything from that performance as we can't defend anymore poorly than that again."
Setchell added: Maybe one or two players had their eyes on Saturday's FA Cup game, which isn't good enough because the main prize for us this season is winning the league.
"All three of Sleaford's goals were soft and it's important that Ross Watson and Stuart Wall start to form a partnership at the back, just as Paul (Cousins) and Stuart did together.
"We're already heaping pressure on ourselves as a group of players and as a club
"We need to freshen things up and hopefully there will be a couple of new signings in by this time next week."
Some of the Lynn players were still in the dressing room when Liam Turnstall handed the visitors an 11th-minute lead.
Lynn were cruelly exposed at the back again as Liam Wright doubled Sleaford's advantage 15 minutes before the interval.
A Luke Thurlbourne blockbuster gave the Linnets hope going into the break.
Two second half headers from Jack Defty, who had been denied by the Sleaford goalkeeper numerous times in the first half, put the hosts in control before Street's late blunder handed Sleaford a share of the spoils.
When comparing like-for-like games with last season, there is no difference in the points haul.
With almost a quarter of the season gone, the Linnets find themselves in the all too familiar position of relying on rival clubs dropping points if they are to gain promotion this season.
Lynn: Street, Fryatt (Buhlemann), Yong, Watson, Wall, White, Spriggs, L Thurlbourne, Defty, Moriera (Harris), Beaumont. Unused Subs: Coe, Biles, Johnson. Booked: Fryatt.
Report by permission of the Lynn News