King's Lynn Town produce a five-star display in National League North
King’s Lynn Town were in no mood to surrender a long unbeaten run on home soil as they put on a five-star performance to defeat Leamington on Tuesday night.
Ian Culverhouse’s side moved to within a point of top spot in National League North after goals from Adam Marriott (2), Sonny Carey, Jordan Richards and Michael Gash against the Brakes.
Reflecting on Lynn’s latest three points after the game, Culverhouse said: “We were very good.
“We went into a good lead in the first half but then it became a little bit too easy for us.
“We became sloppy and gave away a couple of silly free-kicks and created a little bit of pressure on ourselves.
“But we responded well again and the first goal in the second half was always going to be important.
“That’s three wins in a week which is unbelievable. Some of the link-up play where Sonny (Carey) and Chris (Henderson) were feeding off the front two was excellent.”
Lynn, who totally controlled the first 45 minutes, took the lead after 15 minutes.
Referee Calum Walchester looked set to blow for a penalty as home skipper Michael Clunan went to ground, but Marriott found a pocket of space to smash the ball home to save the match official, who was excellent all night, the job of pointing to the spot.
The impressive Carey thumped home a half-volley from all of 25 yards to double Lynn’s advantage before Marriott, with his back to goal, turned on a sixpence to fire home his second of the evening from close range.
Leamington reduced the arrears when a Dexter Walters free-kick was nudged home by Junior English.
Despite their dominance in the first half, the opening goal after the break was always going to prove crucial.
And it went the way of Lynn within three minutes of the restart as Jordan Richards fired home in the six yard box.
The visitors brought a little more respectability to the scoreline when Jack Edwards poked the ball home from close range after a free-kick won on the right by Josh March was headed back into his path.
But Lynn soon restored their three-goal cushion after Michael Gash rifled home between Weaver and his near post with two minutes left.
King’s Lynn Town: Alex Street, Ross Barrows, Nathan Fox, Sonny Carey (Ryan Hawkins 73), Tom Ward, Rory McAuley, Michael Clunan (Alfie Payne 81), Jordan Richards, Michael Gash, Adam Marriott, Chris Henderson (Sam Kelly, 73). Subs not used: Aaron Jones, Nathan Stewart.
Leamington: Jake Weaver, Junior English (Kieran Dunbar, 74), Stephan Morley, Joe Clarke (Callum Gittings, 74), James Mace, Jack Lane, Dexter Walters (Kaiman Anderson 68), Callum Maycock, Josh March, Jack Edwards, George Carline. Subs not used: Connor Taylor, Jordan Murphy.
Attendance: 871. Referee: Mr Calum Walchester.