King's Lynn 5 Cogenhoe United 1
13th March 2012
THE Linnets answered manager Gary Setchell's call to be more ruthless in front of goal with a five-star display against Cogenhoe on Tuesday night.
After feeling the wrath of Setchell at Northampton Spencer on Saturday, Lynn's forward line responded in perfect fashion at The Walks.
Jason Turner and Luke Thurlbourne both bagged braces after Jack Defty had opened the scoring with a trademark header.
Lynn's forward play drew praise from Setchell, who said: "I thought Jason Turner was superb tonight and Jack Defty was, as well. I'm a big believer that you're only as good as your front two in any game and I think if your strikers do well you've always got a good chance.
"If your front pair are poor you're always going to struggle. I thought Jack and Turns were a different class against Cogenhoe.
"I don't know who got man of the match, probably Luke Thurlbourne for his two goals, but Jason must have run him a close second. I thought he was excellent."
The performance of Danny Beaumont on the right-side of midfield also gave Linnets fans plenty of encouragement ahead of the final run-in.
"Danny Beaumont has put himself right in the frame after that display," said Setchell.
"I knew he could do it, but it was just getting him to believe that himself. He's a tremendous player, but he's just got to get his confidence up.
"It's been a difficult season for him. It's been a bit stop-start and it is hard to play at King's Lynn.
"He's come in from Dereham but against Cogenhoe, second-half especially, you could see him growing and growing in confidence. He made a massive contribution out there tonight."
Defty netted from a Jamie Thurlbourne corner before Beaumont created Lynn's second goal when his delicious cross was thumped home by the head of Turner.
Cogenhoe pulled a goal back 11 minutes before the break when Alfie Taylor played in Sam Heavey to sidefoot past Alex Street.
But Lynn restored their two-goal cushion with a Luke Thurlbourne piledriver from all of 30 yards.
Both teams had their chances before Turner was on hand to tap the ball into the net after Defty's header could only be parried into his path.
Ten minutes from time, substitute Stephen Spriggs squared the ball into the path of Luke Thurlbourne, whose stinging volley flew in off the underside of the woodwork.
Tuesday night's attendance was Lynn's lowest for a league fixture for some 17 years. Lynn
: Street, Deeney, Yong, Watson, Wall, White (Buhlemann 78), Beaumont, L Thurlbourne, Defty (Harris 75), Turner, J Thurlbourne (Spriggs 70). Unused Subs: Fryatt, Hails. Booked: Yong.