King’s Lynn bid for first national final spot

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In the previous fixture King’s Lynn took an 11-0 win against RHC Invicta and they were hoping for much of the same after the long journey to Herne Bay on Saturday, writes Josh Taylor.

The travelling side dominated the early possession stats and were soon on the scoreboard from the penalty spot through Josh Taylor. A second goal soon followed through Sam Kay.

Invicta, who were playing with a much stronger side, were quick to hit back. Lynn pulled a further few goals ahead through Matt Baker, and went into the break with a comfortable 6-2 lead.

In the second half the home goal was pummelled with efforts from all over the rink. Michael Carter finished from a well-executed set play. Although Lynn kept adding the goals so did the hosts.

In the last 10 minutes, Lynn were simply enjoying themselves. Baker doubled his tally, Kay took his total to four and Taylor finished the game with five.

A 12-5 win that sees the Lynn side continue their fine season and improve their form going into the final few games of the season.

The next fixture is the National Cup semi-final second leg against Grimsby RHC tomorrow. Lynn will have to overturn a two goal deficit to stand a chance of making the National Senior Cup Final for the first time. Thanks to sponsor Samueljacks T-Shirt Shop in Gaywood for their continued support.

Captain Vancouver Man of the Match: Sam Kay (pictured).

Team: Will Martin (GK) Matt Baker, Michael Carter, Sam Kay (VC), Josh Taylor (c), Jack Tucker.

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King’s Lynn RHC 6

The game started evenly and with little over five minutes on the clock, the travelling side broke through the middle to take a 1-0 lead.

The second came shortly after a mistake from Grimsby’s defence and Josh Taylor grabbed his hat-trick on 12 minutes through a powerful drive. Then nerves set in for Lynn for no apparent reason.

A quick fire double from Grimsby, and they were soon level after a blip in the defence at 3-3 – meaning both sides calmed down.

Soon into the second half and dominating possession, the hosts had their noses in front for the first time.

At 4-3 down a quick counter attack came from Matt Baker to finish in the top corner. Taylor again regained the lead. Grimsby quickly replied and another mistake in the defence allowed the hosts a 6-5 lead with just over five minutes to play.

Lynn drew a 10th team foul for a direct free hit. Despite being well saved, the rebound was well despatched to give Taylor his fifth.

Both sides now gave everything, and Grimsby found the net with possibly the weakest effort all game that eluded all the travelling defence including the goalkeeper.

Even removing the goalkeeper from the game, to give an extra player on rink, a way through couldn’t be found and Grimsby took a hard fought win.

Having travelled the distance and to lose the game in such a way, it was a hard result to take for both the players and coaches.

Team: Will Martin (GK), Matt Baker, Ryan Barnes, Michael Carter, Josh Gay, Jamie Griffin, Sam Kay (VC), Josh Taylor (c), Jack Tucker.

KLRHC are offering three free sessions at Alive Lynnsport every Friday, 6-7.15pm, to children aged 6-13 years who have their own skates. For more information call 07796921218.