Mickleover Sports 1 King's Lynn 3
22nd September 2012
LINNETS' boss Gary Setchell allayed fresh injury fears over striker Russell Dunkley after the big frontman was substituted in the second half of Saturday's clash.
Dunkley limped off seven minutes from time in Derbyshire as the Linnets registered their third league win on the bounce.
Setchell said: "Russell had completely had it and he had burnt himself out. He worked so hard up there on his own and did a great job but after 75 minutes he was blowing.
"He wasn't injured, he just had some knocks and bruises, as he'd been beat up all afternoon.
"Their two centre-backs worked him over a little bit but he gives as good as he gets and that's the type of lad he is."
A second half howitzer from Ross Watson - an early contender for goal of the season - just inside the Mickleover half capped another solid display from the Linnets.
On Watson's 45-yard wonder-strike, which was worth the admission money on its own, Setchell said: "Ross (Watson) definitely meant it. I've still been ribbing him about the one against PNS last season where he crossed it and it went in but I'll give him this one."
Steve Spriggs notched two goals from penalties, one of which came on the follow-up after his initial spot-kick had been saved, while Martin Smythe registered Mickleover's reply from the spot.
Setchell said: 'I thought we were good value for the win and we're looking like a decent Step Four side.
"We're playing alright. We're looking like a team that's tough to beat and we're working our socks off.
"We have also got players in the team that can undo any side at this level so we're going in the right direction."
The return of goalkeeper Danny Gay was one of the main talking points going into the game and Setchell said: "He's already doing their (the lads) heads in apparantly and they're going to wear iPods on Saturday because he just keeps going on and on.
"That's what I brought him here for because he's a big presence and he's a big character and he's another piece of the jigsaw to get us in and around the top of the table at the end of the season."
: Clark, Grocott (Allen 82), Guy, Smythe, Wood, Kellogg, Graves, Munn, Palmer (Coulson 82), Ritchie-Smith (Moon 74), Steadman.
Goal: Smythe (pen 32).
: Gay, Watson, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (Forshaw 89), Bunting, Quigley, Hughes, Thurlbourne (Beaumont 78), Dunkley (Turner 83). Subs not used: Buhlemann, Fryatt.
Goals: Spriggs (19 pen, 35), Watson (61).
Booked: Lee, Watson.
: N. Pratt. Attendance