King's Lynn Town outclassed by Stockport County at The Walks
King's Lynn Town 0 Stockport County 4
King's Lynn Town were outclassed at The Walks as promotion-chasing Stockport County inflicted a heavy home defeat on Ian Culverhouse's side.
The ruthless Hatters took the lead through Paddy Madden after nine minutes and went into the interval four goals to the good after a Harry Cardwell brace and a Tyler Denton own goal.
But hard-working Lynn were much better after the break with a Theo Richardson penalty save ensuring that the promotion-chasing visitors didn't add to their tally in the second half.
The Linnets made two changes to the starting line-up that was beaten 3-0 by Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday for their last midweek home game of the campaign.
Midfielder Cameron King, who lasted all of 16 minutes against the Daggers, was missing with a chest problem while defender Elkan Baggott was also absent with an important FA Youth Cup tie for Ipswich Town on the horizon on Friday.
Lynn's reshuffle saw both Alex Kiwomya and Michael Gyasi handed starts against the Hatters who arrived at The Walks on a long unbeaten run.
The visitors made a positive start, John Rooney glancing a header goalward from Tom Walker's cross, but it was a comfortable claim for Theo Richardson.
As expected, Stockport dictated play in the opening minutes as Paddy Madden drilled an effort just wide of the target after some neat work from Sam Minihan.
But they were soon in front after Madden glanced home a Rooney corner from the left in the ninth minute.
It went from bad to worse for Lynn five minutes later when James Jennings delivered a corner from the right and the unfortunate Denton got the faintest of touches into his own net.
A mightily-impressive Stockport outfit flooded forward at every opportunity and some sublime build-up play saw Minihan cut the ball back for Elliot Newby, whose first-time shot rolls just wide of the post.
It took Lynn 30 minutes to force visiting goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe into a save but the Stockport shotstopper was up to the task as he tipped a fierce Michael Gyasi shot over his woodwork.
Ian Culverhouse's side suddenly came out of their shells and Gyasi teed up Sonny Carey for a half-chance but the young midfielder was wide with his effort.
It was normal service resumed when the Hatters added a third goal eight minutes before the interval, this time Harry Cardwell heading home a flighted Newby centre.
The scoreline had already gone passed damage limitation when Richardson could only parry Tom Walker's low ball into the path of Cardwell to poke home his second.
Stockport were awarded a penalty 12 minutes after the restart following Kyle Callan-McFadden's crunching challenge on McAuley Southam-Hales after Tyler Denton had crudely taken out Newby on the halfway line in the build up to the spot-kick award.
But for the second time this season Richardson saved a Rooney spot-kick with a brilliant stop low down to his left.
To their credit, spirited Lynn continued to try to play their football and carved out a number of chances against the former Football League outfit.
Gash curled one shot wide while a last-gasp tackle from Southam-Hales denied Gyasi a clear sight of goal.
Gyasi then released Alex Kiwomya with a good ball, but Hinchliffe came out to block, before Kiwomya fired the rebound wide with the goal gaping.
Three minutes from the final whistle, Hinchliffe was again called into action as he parried away a full-blooded volley from Michael Clunan.
King's Lynn Town: Richardson, Callan-McFadden, Clunan, Gash, Gyasi, Fleming, Kiwomya, Carey, Denton, Coleman, Howard. Subs not used: Payne, Babos, Jackson, Tasguim, Gascoigne.
Booked: Gyasi, Callan-McFadden.
Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Jennings, Hogan (Southam-Hales 46), Palmer, Rooney, Croasdale, Walker (Rydel 68), Cardwell (Reid 72), Newby, Madden. Subs not used: Fitzsimons, Maynar.
Scorers: Madden 9, Gash (own goal) 14, Cardwell 37, 43.