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By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Thursday, April 5, 2012
After scoring eight second-half goals in their last two games, the Linnets are exuding patience in the UCL title-race pressure cooker.
Gary Setchell’s side are as fit as any in the league and time and time again, especially in recent weeks, they have worn sides down before pouncing.
It was the same again on Tuesday night when Jason Turner’s penalty gave his side a slim 1-0 advantage at the break.
But while a restless Linnets faithful grew frustrated, Setchell’s charges refused to panic and start forcing the issue in search for an elusive second goal.
They finally got their rewards with four goals in the last 15 minutes through Turner, Jack Defty, Robbie Harris and Jordan Yong’s 30-yard screamer.
After his side’s 5-0 win over S&L Corby, which opened up a 10-point gap over Long Buckby at the top of the table, Setchell admitted he wished the club’s fans could remain as calm as his players.
He said: “It is difficult I know. We had 70pc of possession in the first half and the fans did get agitated.
“You hear them when there’s a misplaced pass, but they’ve got to be patient. We’re trying to keep the players patient, but everybody’s got to be patient together. It’s not a disaster if you’re 0-0 at half-time, or level after 60 minutes. You’ve only got to look at the Kempston result (1-0 win thanks to an 86th-minute own goal).
“We keep going to the end, we’re a very fit side and we’re slaughtering teams in the last 20 minutes of games.”
Setchell’s side have kept six clean sheets in a row, scoring 26 times in the process as their glory charge – on two fronts – shows no signs of slowing.
With goals coming from all over the pitch, the Linnets boss admitted he was delighted left-back Yong got in on the act to score his first goal for the club since January during the midweek win.
“I’ve been giving Jordan a little bit of stick about his finishing,” said the Lynn boss.
“I had him at Wisbech Town before he went to New Zealand and he was a talent then. He’s a good enough footballer to score more. He does the hard bit and beats three or four men with his pace to get in these positions, but he’s been hitting the goalkeeper.
“Saturday he did the same and put it over and he hit the keeper on Tuesday and then thought, obviously I’m not going to try from 18 yards – I’ll try from 25-plus instead, and it flew in. I thought he was magnificent all night again.”
Lynn have played three games more than Buckby – whose midweek home game against Cogenhoe United was postponed due to more floodlight issues.
A smiling Setchell said his side, who face Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday before travelling to Holbeach United on Monday (both 3pm), must focus on their own game because their “floodlights are working”.
Second-placed Buckby, who have eight games in 21 days, host Sleaford Town on Saturday, Daventry United on Monday and PNS on Wednesday.
• Video highlights of the game’s second half supplied by King’s Lynn Town Football Club.