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King's Lynn Town charge down the Bulls as Chris Henderson plays a starring role




Chris Henderson says he worked hard over the summer to put himself in peak condition for Lynn's National League North campaign.

The midfielder scored his first goal of the season and played another leading role as the Linnets made it back-to-back league wins in the space of five days.

Speaking after the victory over the Bulls at the Walks - a result which lifted Lynn up to third in the table - Henderson said: "I've looked after myself a bit better really."

Chris Henderson celebrates his goal with Adam Marriott. (15086169)
Chris Henderson celebrates his goal with Adam Marriott. (15086169)

"When I was younger I used to get away with being able to step off the pitch on the last day of the season and then come back pre-season and not really do anything between.

"But I was 29 last week and I have to look after myself a bit better. The gaffer has brought in Sonny Carey and Sam Kelly in pre-season and I know I have got to fight for my place.

Captain Michael Clunan, playing his 200th game for the club, with Friends of the Linnets committee members Sue Cross and Malcolm Hill. (15086157)
Captain Michael Clunan, playing his 200th game for the club, with Friends of the Linnets committee members Sue Cross and Malcolm Hill. (15086157)

"I didn't want another opportunity to lose my shirt. I have grabbed it at the moment and it is mine, but one bad game and don't think the gaffer would think twice about bringing someone else in, so I think it is that competition for places that keeps you really hungry.

"I think I have started the season well and I hope I continue that way too."

Aaron Jones' shot loops over the Hereford goalkeeper Brandon Hall and into the net. (15086162)
Aaron Jones' shot loops over the Hereford goalkeeper Brandon Hall and into the net. (15086162)

The Linnets deservedly went into half-time 2-0 ahead on Saturday thanks to goals from Michael Gash and Chris Henderson.

Things got even better seven minutes after the break when a wind-assisted cross from Aaron Jones looped over the head of Bulls keeper Brandon Hall.

Aaron Jones celebrates his goal. (15086159)
Aaron Jones celebrates his goal. (15086159)

Mike Symons, did pull a goal back for the Bulls 15 minutes from time, but the game was up by that stage.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse was delighted with his side's display, saying: "I thought we played really well especially first half," he said.

Lynn players join in the celebrations with third goalscorer Aaron Jones. (15086171)
Lynn players join in the celebrations with third goalscorer Aaron Jones. (15086171)

"We got on the ball and moved the ball around really really well, created some good chances.

"Then going in 2-0, it was important we managed the game and I thought we did that.

Linnets goalkeeper Alex Street makes an important save. (15086167)
Linnets goalkeeper Alex Street makes an important save. (15086167)

"Alex Street pulled off a great save at 2-0 and then we were down the other end and a third goal.

"Whoever scored that next goal was really important, luckily we got that and managed to kill the game.

"We've got to win our home games and the crowd turned up again today, got behind the boys and made some noise."

Michael Gash heads home the opening goal. (15086175)
Michael Gash heads home the opening goal. (15086175)

Culverhouse was also pleased with how Lynn coped with the windy conditions.

"It was going from corner flag to corner flag. First half we kept a good line and a lot of the balls were going over the top into Street," said Culverhouse.

"Second half we always knew the ball would hold up and cause a few problems but I thought our game management was first class.

"I thought we deserved a clean sheet with the way we played, but fair play to them they come and changed and caused us a few problems."

Michael Gash was a real handful for the Hereford defence. (15086173)
Michael Gash was a real handful for the Hereford defence. (15086173)

King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Smith, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Jarvis (Richards 64), Gash, Marriott (Hawkins 80), Henderson (Kelly 73). Subs not used: Payne and Carey.

Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Pope (Styche 45, Symons 62), Thomas, Cullinand-Liburd, Gowling, Nicholson, Crane, Liburd, Owen-Evans, Hanley (Ash). Subs not used: O’Sullivan, Maye.



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