King’s Lynn Town 1
Midfielder Michael Clunan scored an early contender for goal-of-the-season as the Linnets returned to winning ways at high-flying Cirencester.
Clunan netted with a howitzer from all of 40 yards as Lynn maintained their 100 per cent record against the Centurions as an old/newly-reformed club.
Clunan’s wonder goal inflicted the first league defeat of the season on the Centurions and notched their first away win in the process.
Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “We’ve now won two games in five but we all know it should be three. Even now, the Bideford defeat is still leaving a bad taste in the mouth.
“We have now beaten both Cambridge City and Cirencester at the top of the table so we know we can mix it with the best sides in this league.
“We deserved to lose against Merthyr and we deserved to lose against Hitchin.
“The Hitchin defeat wasn’t anything about a lack of heart or desire, it’s because we didn’t put the ball in the right areas. We also gave it away too easily when we did have it.”
Setchell made changes from the team that lost to Hitchin on Monday with Jackson Ramm replacing Ross Watson and Liam Hurst replacing Sam Mulready.
Jordan Yong returned after injury and Ryan Fryatt replaced Kern Miller who has a hamstring injury. Clunan’s sensational strike came ten minutes before the interval after catching the home keeper off his line.
Prior to this there had been chances at both ends with Garner making a point-blank save from David Bridges following a Ramm corner.
At the other end, Ryan Fryatt produced a last-ditch tackle to deny Charlie Griffin a clear run through on goal.
Early second half pressure came from the home side with Sam Gaughran blocking Parsons’ goal-bound effort.
Cirencester continued to have periods of pressure but the Lynn defence held firm.
The home side had chances with Josh Parsons firing wide when well positioned, as well as hitting the crossbar from an Ollie Knights header which came back off the frame to be cleared to safety by Yong.
Lynn’s best chance fell to Lee Stevenson who just failed to make contact with a cross from Ramm.
Cirencester: Garner, Herring, Dunton, Brown, Hooper (Wells), Henry, Bennett, Mortimer-Jones, Griffin (Langsworthy 58), Parsons, Kotwica. Subs not used: Ricketts, Knight and Jones.
Lynn: Street, Ramm, Yong, R. Fryatt, Gaughran (Watson 77), Marshall, Bridges, Clunan, Hurst (Mulready 69), Speight (Hilliard 83), Stevenson. Subs not used: Zielonka and L. Fryatt. Booked: Clunan, Marshall. Scorer: Clunan. Attendance: 126.