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By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Monday, July 23, 2012
Both Gary Setchell and David Batch were pleased with their sides work out as King’s Lynn Town and Wroxham drew 1-1 at The Walks on Saturday.
Danny Beaumont gave the Linnets the lead before a stunning 25-yard free-kick from Gavin Lemmon 10 minutes later ensured the Step Four new-boys shared the spoils during a competitive pre-season friendly.
Lynn boss Setchell praised his outfit for their display and was especially delighted with the way they kept possession and dictated the pace of the game in the opening half an hour.
Setchell said: “It was our toughest test so far this summer but for the first 30 minutes I thought we took them apart really.
“For the first half-hour we looked like a good football team. Richard Bunting was outstanding in front of the back four. He’s tough, he can pass a ball with both feet and he gets the team ticking. Possession wise we were very good.
“Every point is going to be hard work and we’re going to have to be organised. I think we showed plenty of that and hard work too. We lacked a little bit of cutting edge I guess but that will come with time.
“The second half did peter out a little as it probably felt like 80 degrees out there. But all in all I was every happy with the performance and I’m sure David said the same thing. It was a good work out for both teams.”
Wroxham manager Batch was happier with his team’s second-half display as they defended better to stretch their unbeaten pre-season run to five matches.
The Yachtsmen boss said: “We were a bit thin on the ground with missing five or six players I’d expect to be in the 15 so we were a bit light, especially up front.
“I was really pleased with how in the second-half we shored it up and looked much more solid. First half was a bit too open for us but saying that we - and they - had two or three good chances.
“We just didn’t have enough possession in the first half and second half we were a lot better. We created better chances in the first 45 minutes but defensively we weren’t at the races. Second half we were.”
Lynn’s Dan Quigley (ankle) and Jamie Forshaw (hamstring) were both substituted for precautionary reasons while Wroxham’s Lemmon played on after sustaining a nasty cut above the eye following an aerial collision with Quigley.
The Linnets continue their pre-season programme at Cambridge City tomorrow while Wroxham travel to Gorleston on the same night.