Ward a result: King’s Lynn Town FC defenders net again in Basingstoke win

MLNF Chris Ward heads in the opening goal 18.3.17
MLNF Chris Ward heads in the opening goal 18.3.17
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Evo-stik Southern League Premier Division

King’s Lynn Town 2 Basingstoke Town 1

Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse says the goalscoring prowess of King’s Lynn Town’s defenders can continue to benefit the team in the future.

The centre-half trio of Ryan Fryatt, Tom Ward and Chris Ward have been responsible for Lynn’s last six goals.

The two Wards were both on target against Basingstoke Town on Saturday as the Walks outfit completed their second double of the season.

Culverhouse said: “They are attacking the ball really well and Michael (Clunan’s) delivery into the box has been superb.

“He gives people a chance to go and attack the ball and we’ve got to use that, especially when we’ve got the likes of Tom, Ryan and Chris in the team.

“I was pleased for Chris today. His timing on the run for his goal was fantastic and that will do his confidence the world of good.”

Young goalkeeper Luke Pearson, standing in for the suspended Alex Street between the posts, was handed his league debut while teenager Kieren Shipp was the latest youngster from the reserves to be given an opportunity for the senior team.

Culverhouse said: “It was a horrendous game and that wasn’t much quality but full credit to the boys again as they stuck at it.

“At half-time I told the players to have a little bit more composure on the ball. It’s about having the confidence to handle the ball.

“Even young Shippy (Kieran Shipp) today, the first 10 or 15 minutes seemed a bit too much for him but he grew into it and he’s a very good young player.”

In a scrappy first period, the first effort of note fell to the visitors on 31 minutes when Sam Deadfield broke through but shot well wide.

The same player tried his luck again on 35 minutes but his quickly-taken free-kick also went wide.

Four minutes later, Lynn managed their first effort when Kegan Everington got on the end of a Michael Clunan free-kick but failed to trouble the visiting goalkeeper.

The best chance of the first half went to Basingstoke, when a well-worked move resulted in Ashley Atwell going close to breaking the deadlock.

A livelier second half saw the visitors with an early chance but it was Lynn who took the lead on 51 minutes Chris Ward powerfully headed home from a Clunan free-kick.

A mistake by Tom Ward 15 minutes later allowed Aaron Jarvis the opportunities to head home the equaliser, giving Pearson no chance.

Tom Ward made amends three minutes later when he put Lynn back in front.

Once again it was a Clunan delivery from a set-piece which found its way to Toby Hilliard who set up Ward to stab home from two yards.

Jarvis had a chance late on to steal a point but Pearson, who enjoyed a sound debut, was equal to it.

Lynn: Pearson, Shipp (Warburton 75), Yong, Fryatt, T. Ward, C. Ward, Clunan, McWilliams, Edge (McQuaid 68), Hilliard, Everington. Subs not used: Simpson, Zielonka and Gaughran.

Scorers: C. Ward 51, T. Ward 69.

Basingstoke; Tokarczyk, Van Cooten, Bennett (Redford 75), Partridge (R. Atkinson 46), Gater, Ray, Deadfield, M. Atkinson, Jarvis, Artwell, Owusu. Subs not used: Greene, Kennedy.

Scorer: Jarvis 66.

Attendance: 506.

Referee: Mr A. Wilson (Boston).