GORLESTON boss Richard Daniels hailed King's Lynn Town as potential FA Vase winners after seeing his side well beaten in today's second round clash at The Walks.
Despite the heartbreaking 4-0 defeat in Norfolk, Daniels was full of praise for the Greens' conquerors and insisted they will take some beating in this year's competition.
Daniels said: "King's Lynn Town are a good side and a good club with a lot of high-standard players and to be fair they could have scored a few more goals.
"They deserve all the success they can get and in all fairness they could quite easily go a long way in the competition and perhaps even win it.
"I've got a lot of respect for their management team of Gary Setchell and Kevin Boon when you think that they didn't know which league they were going to be in until late and that they've had to build a new side from scratch."
Victorious King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell said: "Fair play to Gorleston as they kept going but unfortunately for them so did we.
"We played some good football at times and their goalkeeper has played well. It didn't matter whether we won 1-0 or 10-9, the key today was getting ourselves through to the next round and we've done that."
Town got off to the ideal start when Jack Defty pressured the Gorleston goalkeeper to head home a Pat Bexfield cross after eight minutes.
They doubled their advantage eight minutes before the interval when Steve Spriggs' low centre was tapped home by Robbie Harris.
The United Counties League outfit maintained the pressure in the second half, rather than resting on their laurels.
In the 58th minute the energetic Spriggs left two defenders in his wake before drilling home number three.
Town’s fourth and final goal came midway through the second period when defender Brady Stone’s half-volley found its way into the net.
Gorleston goalkeeper Elliott Pride, who has been attracting the attentions of a number of clubs in recent weeks, did his growing reputation the world of good with a string of fine saves.
The busy Pride’s best effort came in the 75th minute with a brilliant one-handed stop to foil Spriggs, who he denied on at least three occasions during a one-sided tie.
While Pride was overworked at one end of the pitch, his opposite number Alex Street was a virtual spectator between the home posts.
The only black spot for the hosts was the late sending off of subtitute Ryan Fryatt after the youngster, who had only been on the field for a few minutes, was shown a straight red card for bringing down the last man in Gorleston striker Mitch Forbes.
Setchell isn’t worried who the Linnets are paired against in Monday’s third round draw.
“I don’t mind who we get next,” said Setchell. “If we can get anyone at home it will take a very good side to come here and beat us.”
|Lynn: Street, Buhlemann, Alsop, L.Thurlbourne (Millson 68), McNeil (Fryatt 78), Stone, Spriggs, White, Defty, Bexfield (Doherty 60), Harris. Subs not used: Hails, Smith. Booked: Buhlemann, White. Sent off: Fryatt
Gorleston: Pride, Blowers, Daniels, Williams, Herbert, Thompson, Sandford, Hough (Bartley 85), Forbes, Oldham (Mitchell 60), Hunn (Burgess 76). Subs not used: Kereche, Thurtle.
Goals: Defty 8, Harris 37, Spriggs 58, Stone 66.
Referee: S.Barry. Att: 806.