King's Lynn Town humbled by Stockport County in the National League
Stockport County 4 King's Lynn Town 0
Paddy Madden was on target twice as King's Lynn Town were humbled at promotion-chasing Stockport tonight.
Lynn were excellent in the first 45 minutes at Edgeley Park before the big-spending Hatters turned on the style in the second half.
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse made two changes to his starting line-up for the daunting task facing his side in Manchester.
Skipper Michael Clunan came back into the team in place of the injured Cameron King while Ipswich Town loanee Elkan Baggott also returned at the expense of Tai Fleming who had to be content with a place on the bench.
Lynn refused to overawed by the illustrious surroundings in the opening exchanges and Sonny Carey tried his luck from distance in the fourth minute, but his effort lacked any real power and the ball was comfortably collected by Ben Hinchcliffe.
The hosts won a free-kick on the edge of D in the seventh minute after Tom Walker was hauled down but John Rooney could only fire his effort into the wall before seeing another effort blocked just inside the area.
Six minutes later, Theo Richardson was called upon to pull off a wonderful reaction save to tip Madden's header onto the woodwork following an excellent cross from Walker.
But the opening goal did arrive less than a minute later thanks to an instinctive finish from Alex Reid, who diverted Madden's effort home with his head.
Reid almost added to his tally in the 24th minute as he glanced a Macauley Southam-Hales centre just wide of the target.
Lynn continued to try to play their football and a half a chance for Tyler Denton saw Southam-Hales block the defender's shot.
Alexander Babos then watched an effort narrowly deflect over the crossbar as the visitors enjoyed a good spell of possession.
Lynn's penalty appeals after Michael Gash went down under challenge from James Jennings were waved away by the referee as the interval approached.
Ten minutes after the restart, Lynn breathed a huge sigh of relief when Southam-Hales' cross was headed agonisingly wide by Liam Hogan.
The home pressure continued and five minutes later Southam-Hales went down in the box under pressure from Ethan Coleman and the Hatters were awarded a penalty, but John Rooney's spot kick was saved by the trailing leg of Richardson.
Rooney didn't have long to stew on his miss.
Five minutes later, he picked up a poor goal kick from Richardson, and took a touch before letting rip with an unstoppable thunderbolt to double County’s advantage from all of 30 yards.
Both Reid and Walker then went close for a rampant home outfit who added a third through Madden, who Stockport signed for a huge transfer from Fleetwood Town, in the 71st minute.
The Hatters completed the scoring seven minutes from time when Madden rubbed salt in the Lynn wounds with another emphatic finish.
Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Jennings, Hogan, Palmer, Rooney, Southam-Hales (Minihan78), Croasdale, Reid (Wiliams 83), Walker, Cardwell (Collar 74), Madden. Subs not used: Fitzsimons and Newby.
Scorers: Reid 14, Rooney 66, Madden 71, 84.
King's Lynn Town: Richardson, Callan-McFadden, Clunan (Jackson 75), Gash, Gyasi (Kiwomya 67), Carey, Denton, Babos (Payne 63), Coleman, Baggott, Howard. Subs not used: Fleming and Bastock.
Booked: Carey, Howard.