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King's Lynn Town defeat Kidderminster Harriers with ease to close gap on National League North leaders





King's Lynn Town 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0

King's Lynn Town extended their unbeaten home record to maintain the pressure at the top of the National League North table.

Defender Josh Coulson got ball rolling on the stroke of half-time before further goals from Theo Widdrington and Gold Omotayo – with his third goal in the space of a week – wrapped up a convincing display at The Walks.

With Darlington losing at home to AFC Fylde and Brackley Town beating Curzon Ashton 1-0 at home, Lynn moved up to second in the league standings.

The only downside for Lynn was the sight of Widdrington limping off the field with a suspected hamstring injury a few minutes after his goal.

High-fives all-round after Josh Coulson opens the scoring at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598519)
High-fives all-round after Josh Coulson opens the scoring at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598519)

The Linnets made two changes from the side that drew 3-3 at Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday night.

Josh Coulson and Josh Barrett returned to the side at the expense of Ben Stephens and Kyle Callan-McFadden who both dropped to the bench.

Midfielder Cameron Hargreaves saw his early shot deflected behind for a corner before the resulting Josh Barrett set-piece was punched clear by Harriers goalkeeper Tom Palmer.

The visitors were happy to let Lynn have plenty of the ball in the opening quarter.

Cue the celebrations after defender Josh Coulson opens the scoring. Picture: Tim Smith (60598521)
Cue the celebrations after defender Josh Coulson opens the scoring. Picture: Tim Smith (60598521)

Barrett twisted and turned to find a yard of space before forcing Palmer into a comfortable stop as the hosts continued to force the issue.

Lynn needed a little bit of a lift and they almost got it 11 minutes before the interval when a rasping drive from Jones was turned behind for a corner by Palmer.

The home side were too pedestrian in their passing and movement in the first 45 minutes and when they did venture forward they were stopped by a red and white wall of Kidderminster players.

Josh Coulson climbs highest to open the scoring. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598523)
Josh Coulson climbs highest to open the scoring. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598523)

Gold Omotayo came close to breaching the visiting defence when his header from a Tyler Denton cross came back off the post and was scrambled behind for a corner.

But Lynn took the lead from the resulting Michael Clunan corner as Coulson climbed highest to head home.

Tommy Widdrington's side were totally different after the interval as they dominated the second half.

Josh Barrett on the ball. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598525)
Josh Barrett on the ball. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598525)

It was another corner that provided the source of Lynn's second goal in the 54th minute as Widdrington headed home a Clunan delivery from the right.

Lynn's joy came at a cost five minutes later though as Widdrington, chasing a ball down the right, went down holding his right hamstring.

The King's Lynn bench minus manager Tommy Widdrington who was sitting in the stand for today's game. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598527)
The King's Lynn bench minus manager Tommy Widdrington who was sitting in the stand for today's game. Picture: Tim Smith. (60598527)

The home side saved the best goal until last as Omotayo netted with a fantastic curling effort on the angle of the box after a driving run down the left.

Next up for Lynn is a trip to Southport on Tuesday night.

Striker Gold Omotayo. Picture: Tim Smith (60598529)
Striker Gold Omotayo. Picture: Tim Smith (60598529)

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, A. Jones, Crowther, Coulson, Denton, Scott, Barrett (Stephens 66), Clunan, Widdrington (Oxlade-Chamberlain 60), Hargreaves (Walker 78), Omotayo. Subs not used: Callan-McFadden, Blair.

Kidderminster Harriers: Palmer, Richards, Pearce, Leak, Owen-Evans (Bearne 69), Hemmings, Foulkes, Brown, Margetson, Freemantle (Morgan-Smith 60), Burgess. Subs not used: Emery, Rogers, Starbuck.

Attendance: 1,149.

Today's National League North results

Telford United 0 Hereford 1

Alfreton 0 Bradford (PA) 0

Boston Utd 3 Blyth Spartans 0

Brackley 1 Curzon Ashton 0

Buxton 0 Banbury United 4

Chester 1 Leamington 1

Chorley 2 Kettering Town 0

Darlington 1 AFC Fylde 2

Gloucester 2 Scarborough 3

King's Lynn 3 Kidderminster 0

Peterborough Sports 1 Spennymoor 1

Southport 4 Farsley Celtic 0



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