EvoStik League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 3 Ilkeston Town 0
Linnets boss Gary Setchell was waxing lyrical about his side after they handed out a footballing lesson to Ilkeston on Tuesday night.
A hat-trick from leading scorer George Thomson – two of which came from the penalty spot – saw Lynn extend their unbeaten league and cup run to seven matches at The Walks.
An ecstatic Setchell said: “I thought we were outstanding. It was a first class performance from us and I keep thinking about how far we’ve come.
“The game should have been put to bed by half-time. I was disappointed that we weren’t perhaps four or five goals up.
“I expected Ilkeston to come here and outplay us and for us to hit them on the counter-attack, but we totally dominated the game.”
The Linnets took the lead when Luke Shaw fouled Jake Jones on 12 minutes and Thomson fired home the resulting penalty kick.
Michael Frew had a header cleared off the line and Steve Spriggs saw an effort crash back off the post as Ilkeston were cut to pieces at the back.
The hosts were awarded a second penalty in the 29th minute when Frew was fouled in the area and Thomson stepped to score his second spot-kick of the night.
Che Adams tried to reply for the Robins but his effort was cleared from the line by Henry Eze.
The Robins, with the wind behind them, did try to come back into the game with Kieran Wallace seeing his long-range effort being turned behind for a corner by Alex Street.
Michael Frew should have made the game safe on 64 minutes when, with only the keeper to beat, he somehow dragged his effort wide.
With 12 minutes remaining Thomson, on the end of a Jones crossfield pass, smashed the ball past Jordan Smith in the Ilkeston goal.
Lynn substitute Sam Mulready did have the ball in the net late on, only for it to be ruled out for offside.
On the final whistle, Setchell added: “We’ve got players in good nick. All six of my midfielders are in tremendous form and I’ve got real selection problems in that area.
“My three centre-halves are playing well. Henry (Eze) and Ross (Watson) were magnificent tonight.
“We nullified the two lads, Kane Richards and the one everyone is talking about in Che Adams. I said beforehand if we stopped them playing then we’d beat Ilkeston.
“That’s what a number of teams in this division haven’t done this season, but we did.”
Lynn: Street, Ramm, Yong, Eze, Watson, Bridges, Spriggs (Bell), Quigley, Frew (Stocker), Thomson, Jones (Mulready). Subs: Fryatt, Colman. Booked: Frew. Scorer: Thomson 12, 29, 78.
Ilkeston: Smith, Shaw, Wallace, Wright, Maguire, Lane, Morgan, Chettle, Duffy (Waite), Richards, Adams. Subs: Baker, Williams, Gordon, Reid. Booked: Maguire, Wallace.
n On Tuesday night, Market Drayton Town won 3-0 at Rainworth in a replay to set them up with a home tie against Lynn in the FA Trophy tomorrow week.
n Lynn Reserves bowed out of the Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Tuesday.
Lynn’s second string lost 3-1 at higher-league and current cup holders Newmarket Town with Chris Ward getting the Lynn goal.
There is further League Cup action for the Reserves tomorrow when they travel to Halstead, a side who defeated them 2-1 earlier in the season, in the Division One Cup.
Evo-Stik Northern Premier top six
Skelmersdale 17 11 4 2 37
Curzon Ash 16 9 5 2 32
Buxton 16 9 4 3 31
Ramsbottom 16 9 1 6 28
Lynn Town 15 8 3 4 27
Ilkeston 15 6 5 4 23