King’s Lynn Reserves beat third-position Bloaters

Man of the Match Kieran Shipp with manager Rob Back.
Man of the Match Kieran Shipp with manager Rob Back.
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Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division

King’s Lynn Town Res 2 Great Yarmouth Town 1

Eoin McQuaid (L) celebrates with Danny Setchell.

Eoin McQuaid (L) celebrates with Danny Setchell.

The Linnets beat the high flying Bloaters who sat two places above Lynn in the table in third spot at The Walks.

Some seven minutes in Liam Fryatt came close with a thunderous effort from range.

Yarmouth’s Mitch Forbes converted a penalty past Stewart on the 15-minute mark.

In the 21st minute Eoin McQuaid got Lynn level, then Tommy McCleish scored an absolute screamer from around 30 yards out.

Tom McLeish (centre) celebrates with team mates.

Tom McLeish (centre) celebrates with team mates.

There weren’t too many chances created by either side in the second period.

Man of the Match was awarded to Lynn defender Kieran Shipp who played well and showed great character during the 90 minutes.

Left back and goal scorer Tom McCleish stated: “I thought it was a strong performance and it’s always hard against a battling team like Yarmouth. We had to get our foot in and work hard and we did this well. My goal was one of those you don’t think about and I just hit it. It was my first goal in two years and was one of the nicest goals I have scored for sure and wouldn’t mind doing it again in the upcoming games. I feel Wivenhoe in a couple weeks will be the toughest of games ahead and it is one we could’ve and should’ve got three points in the reverse fixture.”

Linnets: Brad Stewart, Kieran Shipp, Tom McLeish, Simon Bird, James Spittlehouse, Liam Fryatt, Nathan Daw, Eoin McQuaid, Jack Frohawk, Danny Setchell, Alfa Jalo. Subs: Robbie Palmer, Karl Tansley, Lewis Gibson, Kyran Tansley, Luke Pearson. Booked: L. Fryatt, McCleish, Setchell, Shipp. Attendance: 161.

No game on Saturday for Swaffham Town who in the Premier League tomorrow are away to Godmanchester Rovers.

Fakenham Town, five points behind 18th-place Swaffham, had a creditable 0-0 stalemate at fifth spot Kirkley & Pakefield.

Division One

Downham Town 1

Needham Market 1

Downham earned a draw with the basement team thanks to a goal from Dougal.

Downham: Clements, Bailey, Yates, Sykes, Cross, Calvert, Merrishaw, Dougal, Willmott, Dickson, Walker.

Following a convincing 4-1 win against Downham Town Reserves, Swaffham Town Reserves had a 2-0 defeat away to Buxton. The midweek scorers were James Thompson, Ben Harris, Matt Blackford and George Hutton with a tremendous penalty strike.