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King's Lynn Town condemned to fourth straight defeat as unbeaten away record is ended in emphatic fashion

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Altrincham 4 King's Lynn Town 1

In-form Altrincham condemned National League strugglers King's Lynn Town to a fourth straight defeat on Tuesday night as their unbeaten away start to the season was ended in emphatic fashion.

The 4-1 win catapults the Robins to the fringe of the play-off places, and pushes Lynn to second-bottom, giving boss Ian Culverhouse plenty to chew over before Saturday's trip to Maidenhead.

Culverhouse was without the suspended Ethan Coleman, who had picked up five bookings in the opening six matches, and brought in Aaron Jones, making his first start after injury, while Michael Gyasi replaced Russ Barrows up front for this rearranged outing at the J Davidson Stadium.

King's Lynn Town's management team of Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock look on from the bench. Picture: Tim Smith (50723328)
King's Lynn Town's management team of Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock look on from the bench. Picture: Tim Smith (50723328)

Alty had ended Notts County's unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, but Lynn started brightly enough in a lively opening at both ends.

Linnets' keeper Paul Jones pulled off a fine fifth-minute point-blank save from striker Marcus Dinanga, after Matty Kosylo had driven through midfield from his own half, feeding Daniel Mooney on the right.

His cross found Dinanga, who spun and fired from three yards, only for the frame of Jones to take the full force of his effort and the ball to spin away to safety.

Either side of that, Joe Rowley fired wide from outside the box, while Zain Walker crossed from the right and found Gyasi in plenty of space, but he fired disappointingly wide.

Culverhouse had last week stressed getting a striker was his priority – a need that will have increased after the Linnets were made to pay for those wasted chances when Colclough showed them how to finish.

The experienced winger put Alty ahead in the 12th minute, when he cut in from the left flank and fired a finely-judged angled shot from the left-hand edge of the box into the far corner.

Lynn responded through Brett McGavin, who advanced through midfield unchallenged before unleashing a right-footed shot from 22 yards, which forced a fine a fine left-handed save from a sprawling Tony Thompson in the home goal.

Then Junior Morias strode forward before unleashing a 30-yard right-footer that flew wide of the left-hand post in the 26th minute, before forcing a fine left-handed fingertip save from Thompson who tipped the striker's effort from outside the box over the bar.

Indeed, for all Alty's pacy, fluent breaks, Lynn would have felt hard done by to be trailing at the break.

Culverhouse called on Malachi Linton and Russ Barrows at the restart, to replace Aaron Jones and Zain Walker.

But it was Alty who found the net again. Their next effort was ruled out for offside after Kosylo had skipped past the Lynn defence to fire home.

Home skipper Jake Moult was then denied just seconds later as Jones dashed out to save at his feet, but made amends straight after when dancing through the box from the left and poking home from close range in the 52nd minute.

Mooney then ballooned over when trying to beat the retreating Jones from 35 yards.

Substitute Josh Hancock caught Jones off his line in the 71st minute, but his effort found the side netting while trying to get round him, then the visiting keeper was forced to push a Kosylo shot round the post, and Mooney fired just wide as Alty piled on the pressure.

In the midst of those quickfire chances, Tyler Denton limped off in the 72nd minute as Lynn finished the match with ten men, having used all their subs, as Munashe Sundire had replaced McGavin on the hour.

Kosylo curled an effort just wide of the right post with Jones beaten, in the 80th minute, and Mooney fired over after a misplaced pass in the visitors' defence, as Lynn were overrun by the hosts.

The inevitable third came when Ben Pringle laid off the ball to Joel Senior on the right, and his cross was met by Mooney for a simple close-range tap-in with four minutes left.

Morias then immediately broke on the right from the restart, and drifted infield before firing a right-footed thunderbolt past a stunned Thompson into the top right to give Lynn a glimmer of positivity.

But their misery was not complete, and Senior dribbled through the defence before laying on a simple conversion for Josh Hancock to complete the drubbing.

Altrincham: Thompson, Hannigan, Moult, Mooney, Dinanga (Hancock 68), Colclough (Furman 61), Kosylo, Pringle, Senior, Mullarkey, Bunney (Fitzpatrick 56). Hancock, Fitzpatrick, Peers, Leith-Smith, Furman,

Scorers: Colclough 12, Moult 52, Mooney 86, Senior 89

King's Lynn Town: P Jones, Denton (withdrawn injured 74), McFadden, Bowry, Clunan, A Jones (Barrows 46), Morias, McGavin (Sundire 61), Gyasi, Walker (Linton 46), Rowley. Subs not used: Fernadez.

Booked: Denton, Gyasi, McFadden.

Scorer; Morias 87.

Attendance: 1009.

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