Rainworth Miners Welfare 2 King's Lynn 2
16th October 2012
Linnets boss Gary Setchell believes Tuesday night’s draw at Rainworth is a good measure of how far his side have come this season.
Lynn’s seven-game winning streak came to a disappointing end in the battle of the birds at Kirklington Road.
Setchell said: "I think tonight shows just how far we’ve come in the last 14 weeks.
"Despite being half-written off, we’ve made a great start to the campaign. This is a point we’re grateful that we’ve got, but we still feel we should have got all three.
"I didn’t expect to go unbeaten for the rest of the season and win every game but sometimes its not when you drop the points it’s how you drop themand tonight I feel we may have left a couple out there.
"We dug in and towards the end of the first half we looked very bright and I thought they looked a lot more tired than us.
"The goals they’ve scored at the times they’ve scored have given Rainworth the extra bit of lift, just as it looked as though we had them on the back foot.
"When they scored it give them a lift and after we took the lead they looked out but then they’ve scored again and it’s given them another lift.
"Goals change games and that was certainly a case of that tonight."
All four goals came in a 16-minute spell during the third quarter of an entertaining contest in which both sides wasted good chances.
Lynn had by far the better of the first half but failed to capitalise on one of several opportunities with Russell Dunkley going close more than once for the visitors.
It was a different story after the interval and the deadlock was finally broken in the 53rd minute when Rainworth’s Jared Holmes lashed home Karl Slack’s intelligent lay-off for The Wrens.
But within 11 minutes Lynn were in front themselves after Dan Quigley glanced home a Jamie Thurlbourne centre and Jordan Yong drilled home a second after exchanging passes with Spriggs on the left.
Rainworth refused to allow their heads to drop, and within five more minutes they were back on level terms.
Anderson easily dispossessed Yong and fed the ball forward for Slack to beat Gay all ends up on the right of the goalkeeper’s penalty area.
Setchell said: “We got ourselves 2-1 up and gave them a goal. After being caught in possession of the ball in our own half, one pass and they’ve scored.
“You’ve got to credit Rainworth as they worked their socks off, as did we, and the game got very stretched and open on a heavy pitch towards the end.
“Both sets of players looked very tired at the final whistle at what has been a very hectic start to the season.”
Both sides could have scored a winner and three minutes from time, Rainworth’s former Linnet Callum Lloyd was sent-off after picking up his second yellow card of the evening. Lynn
: Gay, Watson (Bexfield 74), Yong, Lee, Gulliver, Bunting, Spriggs, Quigley, Dunkley, Beaumont (Forshaw 74), Thurlbourne
Subs: Fryatt, Buhlemann
Lynn scorers: Quigley 56 mins, Yong 64
: McCormack, Walker, Hanson, Camm, Kitchen, Burton, Lloyd, Bacon, Slack, J Holmes, Anderson.
Subs: Goward, Cooksey, Clarke, Turner, Spargo. Sent off: Lloyd
Scorers: Holmes 53 mins, Slack 69