King's Lynn 3 Yaxley 2
17th December 2011
LYNN's players received the hairdrying treatment from manager Gary Setchell after this subdued showing in front of their home faithful.
Whether Lynn underestimated their opposition or Yaxley raised their game for the occasion - this match did not follow the pattern many expected.
After Lynn's 8-1 win during the reverse fixture earlier in the season, many fans were expecting another goal glut, but it never materialised in a performance that lacked any heart.
An angry Setchell said: "The positives are that we have got another three points and somehow managed to pull off another win.
"I wasn't upset about our ability to play football, it came down to our desire on the day.
"I'm not going to have players pulling out of tackles and headers and not working hard enough.
"I've had to bring three of our best players off today because I didn't think they were giving me everything they had.
"But in all fairness it could have easily been another three players as well had I had another three substitutes.
"We didn't match Yaxley's workrate and we very nearly got found out."
Lynn took the lead on eight minutes when Danny Beaumont capitalised on a mistake in the Cuckoo's defence.
Two minutes later, however, the visitor's were level through Lewis Stone's brilliant free-kick which gave Alex Street no chance.
The goal gave Yaxley confidence and they had the better of the exchanges for the next 20 minutes.
Lynn fell behind on 52 minutes through James De Sousa but the hosts rallied thanks to the introduction of Ben Coe and Robbie Harris.
It was Rob Hughes who equalised for Lynn on 63 minutes following a goalmouth scramble and three minutes later the same player scored his second of the afternoon.
Lynn managed to hold on although Yaxley went close in the dying seconds when a late header came back off the woodwork.
: Street, L Thurlbourne, Yong, Wall, Buhlemann, Hughes, Spriggs (Harris), White, Harrold (Fryatt), Beaumont, J Thurlbourne (Coe). Unused Sub: Hails. Booked: L Thurlbourne.
: 554. MoM
: Stuart Wall.