King's Lynn 2 Leek Town 0
16th March 2013
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell jumped to the defence of his players after seeing them leapfrog Stamford back into second in the table.
Despite watching his side go on a 12-match unbeaten run, Setchell feels his side have come in for some unnecessary criticism in recent weeks.
Goals from Shane Tolley and Dan Jacob were good enough to see off the challenge of Leek Town, who failed to score on their travels for the first time this season.
Setchell, who was presented with his manager of the month award for February before the game, said: "We've got a fantastic squad here but some people are always moaning about a player or a person, but why?
"These are an honest group of lads who are playing football and giving an honest shift every week.
"They are not earning the five, six or seven hundred pounds which some of the previous managers were given and we haven't got a seven-and-a-half grand wage bill like Heggsy (Carl Heggs) had.
"These players are playing for honest money within the means of this football club and are getting good results.
"What gets me is when we're on a 12-match unbeaten run and people want to talk about the misfortunes of players and that doesn't sit right with me."
Setchell praised the contribution of both goalscorers.
"Dan (Jacob) scored with a good finish on his right foot and Shane (Tolley), whose movement was superb once again, scored a fantastic goal too and that will do his confidence the world of good.
"Shane is such a good player to have. He works and trains hard and has been asked to do roles which he hasn't always been used too.
"For me it's not about how many goals he scores because his work ethic is second-to-none and he runs himself into the ground.
"He keeps putting himself in positions to score goals and he will continue to score goals.
"People will choose to talk about his miss when he hit the post, but he created that chance for himself out of nothing."
On Jacob, Setchell said: 'Dan probably didn't get the ball as much as he would have liked, but he held his position well and made some vital blocks and tackles.
"When he did get the ball he used it well and in the final third he did show glimpses of what he is all about."
It was a pretty comfortable afternoon all-round for the Linnets, although goalkeeper Danny Gay was called upon to make some vital stops, while midfielder Dan Quigley was immense in the middle of the park.
A satisfying three points was made even better by news of title rivals Stamford's home defeat by Chasetown, while Coalville's home game against Halesowen Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
: Gay, Watson, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (Beaumont 76), Bunting, Quigley, Jacob, Tolley, Dunkley (Mulready 76). Subs not used: Fryatt, Jepson, Thomson.
Goals: Jacob (30), Tolley (43).
: Chapman, Smith, Bell, Storey, Thomas, Hall, Urwin, Shelley, Wright (Kinsey, 54), Grice, Danylyk. Subs not used: Peach, Roberts, Connor.
Booked: Storey, Thomas.
: D. Foreman.
: 593. MoM
: Dan Quigley.