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King’s Lynn Town capitulated in spectacular fashion as their FA Trophy hopes came to an end at freescoring Nantwich on Saturday.
Defender Sam Gaughran’s second-half effort got the Linnets back in the game after falling two goals in arrears, but three goals in a five-minute spell saw Lynn’s dream end in humiliating fashion.
Lynn ended the clash with ten men following the late sending-off of Ryan Fryatt.
Although Linnets goalkeeper Alex Street had very little to do, other than pick the ball out of his net five times, defensive errors were Lynn’s undoing as the clinical finishing of The Dabbers proved decisive.
The skills and speed of former Northern Ireland international Steve Jones caused problems for the Lynn defence.
Jones, now 39 and with his 18th club, opened the scoring in the eighth minute following a mistake by Kern Miller.
Liam Shotton put the Dabbers two up on the hour-mark, after another defensive slip had allowed Darren Thornton’s run and cross to create the opportunity, before Gaughran’s goal, from Michael Clunan’s free-kick, gave Lynn some hope.
Two minutes later Lynn were two adrift again when Lewis Short took advantage of some more sloppy defending.
Shotton added his second and Nantwich’s fourth with a simple goal and then Ryan Fryatt was red-carded for a trip on Chris Smith which resulted in Shotton completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
The five goals took Nantwich’s total to 70 in all competitions this season.
Nantwich: Burynski, White, Thornton, Moran, Bailey, Osbourne (Hancock), Jones (Gordon), Hall, Shotton, Bell, Short. Subs not used: C. Smith, Bourne, T. Smith.
Booked: Osbourne. Scorers: Jones (8), Shotton (60, 73, 76), Short (71).
Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt, Yong, Miller (Bird 45), Gaughran, Smith, Clunan, Hurst, Hilliard (Edge), Stevenson, Friend (Zielonka). Subs not used: L. Fryatt, Pearson. Scorer: Gaughran (69). Sent-off: R. Fryatt.
The match against Hitchin Town, scheduled for tonight, will have to be re-arranged following their draw with Haringey Borough in the Trophy.
Should Merthyr make progress against Hastings United in the Trophy then Lynn’s next home match could be against Frome Town on Saturday, December 12.