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King's Lynn Town move up to second in National League North standings

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National League North

Kidderminster Harriers 2

King’s Lynn Town 4

King’s Lynn Town produced their own display of midweek fireworks at Kidderminster Harriers to move up to second in the National League North standings.

Ian Culverhouse’s side twice fell behind in Worcestershire before dominating the second half to take all three points in a rearranged fixture which was washed out at the end of last month.

The Bonfire Night clash got off to an explosive start with four goals in the opening 35 minutes.

Adam Marriott (16697778)
Adam Marriott (16697778)

Harriers took the lead through a well-worked and a crisp finish from Ashley Hemmings, before the visitors swiftly levelled through Chris Henderson’s close-range header in the opening ten minutes.

A rollercoaster first period continued to flow when Harriers re-took the lead on 24 minutes following a fantastic strike by Richard Peniket which went in off the post.

Home midfielder Dec Weeks then hit the post, but the Linnets were again were level around ten minutes later when Rory McAuley was gifted a headed goal from a Michael Clunan corner.

Full-time Harriers, who boast a number of international players, produced little in front of goal after the restart and Lynn took full control.

Culverhouse’s side weathered an early spell of home pressure at the start of the second period but after that it was one-way traffic.

Five minutes into the second period the impressive Adam Marriott slotted home from the edge of the area for his 16th goal in all competitions this season.

Sixteen minutes later, midfielder Ryan Jarvis pounced for his first goal of the campaign as Kidderminster were made to pay a heavy price for twice allowing their lead to slip.

It it hadn’t been for a string of decent saves from home goalkeeper Cameron Gregory, the Linnets could have easily been out of sight come the final whistle.

Gregory saved well to keep out Michael Gash after he’d got in behind the defence to find himself one-on-one with the Harriers shotstopper.

And Marriott the forced the busy home custodian into another decent save as he flipped the ball over his woodwork at point-blank range.

Former Kidderminster man Gash had another chance later on but Gregory collected the frontman’s disappointing free-kick on the edge of the box.

With Lynn finding themselves second in the table, it was hard to believe that this was their first league win for two months, while Marriott now has scored five goals in his last three games.

Kidderminster: Gregory, Austin, Davidson, Butterfield, Moyo, Johnson, Weeks (Prosser 85), Williams (Shenton 69), Chambers (Diau 73), Hemmings, Peniket. Unused subs: Palmer, Higginson.

Scorers: Hemmings 6, Peniket 22.

Lynn: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis, Burrows, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Gash, Marriott (Kelly 90+3), Henderson (Carey 81). Unused subs: Payne, Stewart, Hawkins.

Scorers: Henderson 11, McAuley 35, Marriott 50, Jarvis 66.

Attendance: 1,082.

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