Stevenson double seals a top-ten finish for King’s Lynn Town

Lee Stevenson (10) celebrates after scoring the winning  goal. ANL-160331-131154005
Lee Stevenson (10) celebrates after scoring the winning goal. ANL-160331-131154005

SOUTHERN League

Premier Division

Cambridge City 1

King’s Lynn Town 3

King’s Lynn Town guaranteed themselves a top-ten finish in their first season back in the Southern Premier Division with this derby victory on Wednesday night.

John Sands opened the scoring for the Linnets, with a brace from Lee Stevenson, either side of a James Hall goal, sealing an excellent victory.

The three points handed Lynn their eighth win on their travels this season.

Lynn’s starting line-up showed three changes from the side beaten at Slough.

Sam Gaughran returned to the team for Kern Miller, while Jacek Zielonka and Toby Hilliard came in for Sam Mulready and Liam Hurst respectively.

Lynn missed a great opportunity to open the scoring in the first minute when Stevenson got free down the right and crossed for Sands who was unmarked just six yards out.

The striker failed to connect well with the ball, however, and his shot drifted wide.

Benito Castiglione just missed the target for the hosts from 20 yards before Lynn took the lead in the 14th minute.

Adam Murray conceded possession to Sands on the edge of the home penalty area, and the Lynn forward made no mistake with a simple finish.

Danny Kelly had a shot deflected on to the post and James Hall scuffed an effort wide as the Lilywhites responded.

The Linnets doubled their advantage after 28 minutes former when Lee Smith crossed for Stevenson to fire home.

Six minutes before the break, Hall poked home for City following a cross from Jon Kaye.

But Lynn restored their two-goal advantage when Stevenson rifled home a free-kick into the bottom corner, deceiving home goalkeeper Zac Barrett in the process.

Chances were few and far between in the second period with substitute Dylan Edge firing over for the visitors.

The hosts did have a clear sight of goal with 20 minutes remaining, with Brown running clear, but Street did well to save with his legs and the two-goal deficit remained.

After the game, City boss Gary Roberts lamented his side for their defensive lapses, while Lynn boss Gary Setchell was left to reflect on an excellent display from his side.

Cambridge City: Barrett, Cooper, Day, Murray, Lewis, Kaye, Brown, Harradine (Richardson 71), Hall, Kelly, Castiglone (Woolfe 58). Unused subs: Norman, Midgley.

Scorer: Hall 36.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, R. Fryatt, Yong, Castellan, Gaugrhan, Smith (L. Fryatt 57), Clunan, Stevenson, Hilliard, Sands (Edge 64) Zielonka (Friend 73). Unused subs: Mulready, Hurst.

Scorers: Sands 14, Stevenson 27, 44.

Attendance: 135.