King's Lynn 2 Boston Town 0
23rd August 2011
SECOND half goals from Robbie Harris and Stephen Spriggs saw the Linnets maintain their 100 per cent start to the new UCL season.
Substiute Harris hooked home Lynn's first goal 16 minutes from time before Spriggs wrapped up the points in injury time after being sent clear by Pat Bexfield.
Delighted Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: "Boston Town will be a top-six side this season, I'm certain of that, and this was a crucial win.
"The boys have had to work hard and the changes we made we did at the right times.
"Pat (Bexfield) has come on and given us fresh legs in midfield, Robbie (Harris) has got the first goal and Ben (Coe) has given us a little bit more stability when Jamie Thurlbourne got a little bit tired.
"I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points and in the end our extra quality has got us through. For me both Paul Cousins and Stuart Wall were outstanding tonight."
The Linnets boss refused to criticise his players despite a sloppy first half display, which saw the sides go in goalless at the intgerval.
"I told the players to be stronger in the tackle like Boston were and to be a braver when we had the ball, as I thought we hid a little bit at times in the first half,' said Setchell.
"We were a lot better in the second half and got the ball down and played a bit more and I knew a goal would come."
Opportunities were few-and-far between in a dour first half, which was spoilt by Boston's physical approach. The Linnets received a lucky let off prior to Harris' opening goal 16 minutes from time. In a carbon-copy of the "goal that never was", which Lynn scored at Deeping last season, Boston's Gary Bull had a perfectly good-looking effort not given by the referee and his assistants, who didn't enjoy the best of nights with some of their decisions. Bull's shot appeared to have clearly crossed the line, but some quick-thinking by Alex Street, who had earlier denied Dan
: Street, Watson, Yong, Cousins, Wall, White (Bexfield 60), Spriggs, L.Thurlbourne, Defty, Beaumont (Harris 66), J. Thurlbourne (Coe 80).
Goals: Harris 74, Spriggs 90.