Gainsborough 2, King's Lynn 0
Paddy Davitt Lynn boss Keith Webb has backed his men to drag the club out of a Blue Square North rut.Gainsborough's recent Football League recruit Luke Beckett notched a clinical brace to extend Lynn's winless league run to six matches since edging past Hucknall on November 8.
Lynn boss Keith Webb has backed his men to drag the club out of a Blue Square North rut.
Gainsborough's recent Football League recruit Luke Beckett notched a clinical brace to extend Lynn's winless league run to six matches since edging past Hucknall on November 8.
Webb was barracked by a section of the club's hardy away support but the Linnets' chief remains defiant ahead of Trinity's New Year's Day reverse trip to The Walks.
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“I know the pressure will build now until the next one,” he said. “They were already calling for my name out there in this match and that is part of the game. I feel it's a little bit unfair on the players though, because they need the support and the backing. To be fair, 99pc are doing that and I'm not going to lose any sleep over two or three - that is all it is at the minute.
“With the run we're in, confidence is a very fragile thing. It's important to keep players' heads up, keep them positive. I'll lift them. That is my job. I'm not the sort of manager who goes ranting and raving on the pitch, but the players are still with us and they've shown that here.”
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Ex-Huddersfield striker Beckett reacted sharpest to nudge Trinity ahead in first-half stoppage time after Lynn had started the brighter. Recalled Joe Francis looked a major attacking weapon as Webb's men tried to shrug off Saturday's anaemic display against Burscough.
Beckett's close-range ta-in just shy of the hour mark rocked the visitors before Lynn launched a late rally following the introduction of Julian Joachim and John Turner.
“We were miles better than last Saturday but the first goal was always going to be vital,” said Webb. “It's difficult for me to say the boys did well after a 2-0 defeat, but I just thought we played well in periods when we had decent possession.
“My players have given me all they can but it's a question of whether that is good enough. All clubs go through dodgy spells and we are in one at the minute. You just have to get your head down and work your way out of it. There's no secret formula.”
Stand-in skipper Adam Smith was restored to the line-up after missing the Burscough draw with a bout of 'flu. Smith replaced Ben Sedgemore with Francis preferred to Turner as Webb shuffled his midfield options.
Mark Camm failed to shake off his festive flu bug, while Webb confirmed post-match centre back Mark Peters is poised to step up his return to full fitness with the reserves in today's Ridgeons Premier test at Dereham.
Francis teased Ross Greenwood in the opening sparring before then trying his luck with a swivelling right-footer that flashed past Adam Sollitt's upright.
Howie kept Lynn on level terms with a brilliant point blank reaction stop to deny Beckett, but the striker buried Davies' inviting cross deep into first-half stoppage time.
Andrew Fisk was inches from connecting with Francis' cross on the restart, but Beckett side-footed an easy tap-in for his sixth goal in four matches since calling time on a distinguished professional career - Ryan Mallon's cross shot dropping to his feet with Lynn ball watching en masse.
lian Joachim made his entrance on 58 minutes and Defty drilled wide on 77 minutes from his slide rule pass, but Howie was again on hand to foil Beckett with the predator hunting a hat-trick.
t Gainsborough Trinity: Sollitt, Greenwood, Drury, Wilson, Ellis, Anson (Mallon 36), Davies, Ross, Beckett, McMahon, Hall.
Unused subs: Marrison, Stafford, Austin, Cullingworth.
Bookings: Beckett, Ross
Goals: Beckett (45, 56)
t King's Lynn: Howie, Graham, Chapman (Sedgemore 80), Thomas, Crane, Smith, Frew (Turner 66), Mitchell (Joachim 58), Defty, Fisk, Francis.
Unused subs: Weaver, Murray.
Bookings: Francis, Chapman, Frew, Defty.
t Referee: Ryan Newman (Barnsley)
t Attendance: 526