The King’s Lynn Roller Hockey Club Premier League side took on Bury RHC with only five players and a goalkeeper available.
The game started in a frantic way and Lynn had to quickly settle to ensure they could last a full game with only one sub. Midway through the first half it was the home side who seized the opportunity to take the lead with a powerful drive into the top corner of the net.
A second goal soon followed in near enough the same fashion, only this time the build up play was the highlight of the goal – every player contributing in some way.
In the second half the game remained quiet for the first few encounters. The away side were getting agitated and a direct free hit was soon awarded after 10 team fouls were committed. Josh Taylor stepped up and made no mistake, coolly finishing past the watching away goalkeeper to complete his hat-trick.
Following the goal Lynn quickly gave away numerous fouls to give Bury the opportunity to grab a goal back although Will Martin in the home goal pulled off a top save. At this point Lynn lost their concentration and conceded two goals in quick succession to allow Bury back into the game. A time out was called to settle the side down, however with seven minutes left the game was back to a tie.
Lynn now needed to regain their focus and were aided by the home support. With three minutes left after some good defending Lynn broke in counter attack and Matt Baker scored with a low drive past the goalkeeper. Lynn’s concentration was now vital, as a frustrated away side now reached 15 team fouls to award Lynn with another opportunity to extend the lead. Taylor stepped up again with the direct and made no mistake to dispatch at first attempt to take his tally to four goals. With 30 seconds left on the clock Bury grabbed another goal to make it a nervous last few seconds; however Lynn saw out the game professionally.
This was an important win for Lynn who are looking to push up the league. They head to Letchworth in a few weeks’ time to hopefully continue their good run.
Thanks must be given to the timekeepers and to those who came to support, pushing the side on from start to finish.
Thanks again to sponsors Samuel Jacks T-Shirt Shop & Carter Engineering Supplies.
Captain Vancouver man of the match: Josh Taylor.
Team: Will Martin (GK), Matt Baker, Jamie Griffin, Sam Kay, Josh Taylor (c), Jack Tucker.