King's Lynn Town are the new leaders of the National League North
National League North
King’s Lynn Town 3
Alfreton Town 2
Ten-man King’s Lynn Town stormed to the top of the National League North table on Tuesday night as they stretched their unbeaten run to eight games by beating Alfreton Town at The Walks.
The Linnets had defender Rory McAuley sent-off early in the second half, but by that time they were already two goals to the good thanks to efforts from Michael Clunan and Alfie Payne.
Ben Tomlinson pulled a goal back for the visitors, but Adam Marriott restored Lynn’s two-goal cushion before Amari Morgan-Smith added a second for Alfreton deep into stoppage time.
Lynn got off to the best possible start in front of an electrifying atmosphere when, after two minutes, Clunan netted with the outside of his foot into the corner from the edge of the box. The early goal really lifted a raucous home crowd who played a huge part and didn’t allow the Reds to settle into any rhythm.
Michael Gash headed over at the far post from a cross on the left before the Linnets thought they scored again when a shot from outside the box struck Marriott and found the back of the net, but the offside flag was raised.
Alfreton’s Bobby Johnson had a free-kick which was collected by Alex Street before Marriott surged down the right before cutting inside and firing wide of the near post.
Lynn doubled their advantage after 27 minutes as Payne found the corner from 20 yards to give The Walks outfit some breathing space.
The visitors responded and Johnson’s shot took a deflection which home ‘keeper Street had to save at the near post before Ryan Qualter headed the resulting corner wide.
Alfreton were more of a threat after the restart as Danny East headed a Clackstone cross wide, before the former delivered a free-kick towards the far post which Qualter bundled in but the offside flag went up.
East curled a free-kick from 20 yards into the side-netting before Clackstone fired way over the bar after good hold up play from Morgan-Smith.
Lynn were reduced to ten men in the 63rd minute after McAuley was shown a straight red card for appearing to elbow Morgan-Smith, who had looked to have fouled the defender just seconds earlier.
Jack Atkinson denied Gash at the far post with a header before he curled just over the bar inside the box.
Alfreton reduced the arrears after Tomlinson bundled home.
But their joy was short-lived when Marriott strode forward and hammered one into the bottom corner past Atkinson three minutes later.
Morgan-Smith added a second for the Reds in stoppage time, but Lynn were deserved winners on the night.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Payne (Barrows 60), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Richards 66). Subs not used: Kelly, Carey, Stewart.
Referee: R. Whitton.