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King's Lynn Town 2 Notts County 4: Lynn's National League survival hopes suffer a huge blow



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Tommy Widdrington suffered his first home league defeat as King's Lynn manager after his side were beaten 4-2 by Notts County after a rampant second half display from the visitors.

Striker Gold Omotayo registered his first league goal in 18 attempts to hand Widdrington's side a surprise lead at half-time before Lynn were blown away by Callum Roberts after the break.

Roberts helped himself to a 16-minute hat-trick for the Magpies as the frontman took his recent tally to six goals in four outings.

Gold Omotayo opens the scoring with a thumping header. Picture: Tim Smith (54208498)
Gold Omotayo opens the scoring with a thumping header. Picture: Tim Smith (54208498)

The impressive Frank Vincent added a fourth to extend Notts County's advantage before Michael Clunan slammed home a late free-kick for the hosts.

The Linnets made two changes from the side narrowly beaten 1-0 by Chesterfield as they finally got their first home action of 2022.

Skipper Michael Clunan returned to the starting line-up for Munashe Sundire, who dropped to the bench, while Pierce Bird was brought back into the fold at the expense of the injured Luis Fernandez.

The game against the former Football League giants saw home debuts for both Theo Widdrington and Olly Scott while defender Aaron Jones started his 100th game in Lynn colours.

Lynn needed a fast start and they got just that after nine minutes as they took the lead against their illustrious visitors.

Linnets midfielder Theo Widdrington. Picture: Tim Smith (54208502)
Linnets midfielder Theo Widdrington. Picture: Tim Smith (54208502)

A fantastic diagonal pass from Ross Barrows picked out Aaron Jones out on the right, who in turn slipped the ball through to Clunan to cross for Omotayo to score with a thumping header at the far post.

Having taken the lead, Lynn were given a scare five minutes later after Vincent released Callum Roberts to the byline with a lovely reverse pass and his cross caused an almighty a scramble in the box.

A lapse in concentration allowed Vincent to force Paul Jones into a comfortable save down to his left in the 26th minute but Lynn were rarely troubled in the opening half-an-hour.

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The visitors became increasingly rattled as the half wore on with Lynn snapping at their heels at every opportunity and Widdrington's troops left the field to a standing ovation at the interval.

There was much more intensity from the Magpies at the start of the second half as Lynn were pushed back for the first time in the contest.

Six minutes after the restart some brilliant link-up between substitute Zak Brunt and Vincent resulted in the latter drawing an excellent one-handed save from Lynn goalkeeper Paul Jones.

Less than a minute later the visitors were back on level terms when the dangerous Roberts cut inside from the right and fired into the net.

Defender Aaron Jones on his 100th appearance for the club. Picture: Tim Smith. (54208496)
Defender Aaron Jones on his 100th appearance for the club. Picture: Tim Smith. (54208496)

There was a cruel twist leading up to Notts County's second goal.

Lynn saw penalty appeals waved away at one end after Richard Brindley appeared to catch Olly Scott inside the box and the visitors launched a quick counter-attack to take the lead less than 30 seconds later.

Roberts weaved his way around a number of challenges before smashing home his second goal of the evening.

The Notts County frontman wasn't finished yet when Brunt teed him up to complete his treble midway through the second half.

Ruben Rodrigues was denied by a brilliant save from Jones before Vincent piled on the misery for struggling Lynn with a clinical finish for County's fourth.

Lynn, to their credit, refused to lie down and Clunan smashed home a free-kick from 25 yards as the hosts finished with a flourish.

Manager Tommy Widdrington celebrates after Lynn open the scoring against Notts County. Picture: Tim Smith. (54208500)
Manager Tommy Widdrington celebrates after Lynn open the scoring against Notts County. Picture: Tim Smith. (54208500)

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, A. Jones, Scott, Bowry (Linton 60), Barrows, Bird, Coleman, Clunan, Widdrington (Charles 83), Barrett (Kurran-Browne 74), Omotayo. Subs not used: Sundire, McGavin.

Booked: Coleman, Widdrington, Barrows.

Scorers: Omotayo 9, Clunan 82

Notts County: Slocombe, Chicksen, Lacey, Brindley, Roberts (Sam 83), Richardson, Francis (Brunt 46), Palmer, Vincent, Rodrigues (Mitchell 79), Wootton. Subs: Rawlinson, Nemane.

Scorers: Roberts 52, 57, 67; Vincent 78.

Attendance: 1505.



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