KING’S Lynn Town came from two goals down to keep alive their UCL Premier Division title hopes against Yaxley at The Walks last night.
Lynn trailed to Andy Beech’s brace after goalkeeper Alex Street, suffering with a leg injury, gift-wrapped Yaxley their goals in the wake of Saturday’s FA Vase reverse at Coalville.
Jamie Thurlbourne dragged one back from the penalty spot in the dying stages of the first half.
Robbie Harris pounced three minutes after the interval before a great escape was completed when Steve Spriggs nudged Town in front and Chris Bacon made it 4-2 in the dying seconds.
Joint boss Kevin Boon, meanwhile, has defended the management team’s selection policy following the first leg FA Vase defeat at Coalville.
The Linnets succumbed 3-0 to their Leicestershire hosts , which led to Boon and fellow manager Gary Setchell coming under fire for playing defender Charlie Defty on the forum of the Blue and Gold Trust website.
With the Linnets only 180 minutes from Wembley, Charlie, the younger brother of Jack, was a surprise selection in the Lynn startling line-up, after only playing an hour of football this season before Saturday.
But Boon has hit back at the critics, saying: “Gary (Setchell) and myself pick a side to try and win a game of football and we did exactly the same before the tie at Coalville.
“You can’t legislate for some of the errors we made at the back. It wasn’t one individual at fault it was a collective effort and everyone has to take some responsibility for what happened.
“Dan (Buhlemann) and Ross (Watson) have been in tremendous form for us recently, while I thought Charlie was probably the best player on the pitch for the first 30 minutes against Coalville.
“We’ve had the same selection policy all season and we haven’t done too bad considering it was our first defeat for more than 30 games.
“When we picked the team to play Coalville we didn’t foresee the mistakes and supporters should judge us over the course of the season.
“You are always going to get a small minority of critics, but we’re not out of the tie yet. It’s never over until the fat lady sings.”
|Lynn: Street, Bexfield, Alsop, L Thurlbourne, McNeil, Watson (Fryatt 88), Spriggs, White (Doherty 59), Defty (Bacon 77), Harris, J Thurlbourne. Subs (not used): Buhlemann, Hails.
Booked: McNeil. Attendance: 587