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Back confident Linnets can start climbing table after opening home win

Southern League Central Premier Division

King's Lynn Town 3 Banbury 1

Joint King's Lynn Town manager Robbie Back is confident his side can start climbing the league table after Lynn recorded their first home win in the league this season.

Goals from Michael Gash, Michael Gash and Harry Limb put the Linnets fully in control before Giorgio Rasulu netted a late effort for the below-par Puritans.

Michael Gash, far right, is congratulated by Michael Clunan and Ryan Hawkins. (4486474)
Michael Gash, far right, is congratulated by Michael Clunan and Ryan Hawkins. (4486474)

It was the perfect start for the club's new management team of Neil Fryatt and Back as Lynn climbed out of the bottom four.

Back said: "The lads did really well again. It's small steps and, although we gave the ball away too easily at times in the first half, we are improving with every game.

"Had it been 4-1 to us at half-time. I think it would have been fair.

Ryan Hawkins can't get to Banbury United's Jordy Ngathe (4486476)
Ryan Hawkins can't get to Banbury United's Jordy Ngathe (4486476)

"It is a monkey of our backs getting that first win at home and now we've got to start thinking about climbing the table.

"There's still a lot of points to play for. I won't starting looking at the league table until after Christmas but what we wat to do is try to win as many games as possible."

Lynn took the lead in the fifth minute after good link-up play between Ryan Jarvis and Frazer Blake-Tracy allowed the latter to lay the ball on the plate for Gash to score.

Harry Limb was foiled by visiting goalkeeper Jack Harding down to his left and also placed a header wide as Lynn remained largely in control.

Harry Limb chases down Charles Hawtin. (4486478)
Harry Limb chases down Charles Hawtin. (4486478)

Banbury thought they had equalised midway through the first period when Jack Self's initial shot was brilliantly parried by Alex Street into the path of Ricky Johnson, but his effort was ruled out by offside flag.

Gash then planted a peach of a cross from Ryan Hawkins wide of the target while on the stroke of half-time Banbury's Giorgio Rasulo saw his free-kick deflected onto the woodwork as the hosts were given a scare.

Banbury started the second half with a more purpose but any hopes of a comeback were dashed in the 56th minute after Clunan added a second from the penalty spot following a clumsy challenge on Hawkins.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 after Limb picked up the ball on the left-hand side before making his way into the penalty area to register with a stinging shot from a tight angle.

The dangerous Ravi Shamsi saw his effort come back off the inside of the post for the visitors before Rasulu netted a consolation courtesy of a deflected effort.

Ryan Hawkins on the attack. (4486480)
Ryan Hawkins on the attack. (4486480)

Banbury United boss Mike Ford said: "If we are going to keep conceding goals in the manner we are at the minute then it's going to be a long season. They were very, very poor goals to give away.

"King's Lynn are probably as good a team as we've played all season but we made it a bit easier for them in the first half.

"They've got good players with good experience who played with confidence and that's probably what one or two of my players lacked."

King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Parker (Richards 76), Gash, Limb (Hilliard 85), Hawkins. Subs not used: Thomas, Stewart, Congrieve.

Banbury United: Harding, Ngathe (Odhiambo 68), Martin (Finch 75), Nash, Wise, Shamsi, Hawtin, Self, Johnson, Diggin (Awadh 64), Rasulo. Subs not used: Heapy and Bell.

Attendance: 575.

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