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King's Lynn lose to Norfolk rivals Wymondham in top-of-the-table clash



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King’s Lynn Town Ladies crashed to a resounding 4-1 defeat to Wymondham Town in an ERWFL Premier Division top-of-the-table clash at Ketts Park.

The Linnets started well and contained Wymondham, with good possession and distribution in the opposition half.

But it was in the final third that Lynn failed to make an impression, despite several shots on target from Jodie Hopkins, Ella Gavaghan and Amy Magnus.

Alexa Hunter watches Jodie Hopkins break through the Wymondham midfield, above left, while many of the Lynn team were out on their feet in the second half, above right. Pictures: Richard S Brown. (54193477)
Alexa Hunter watches Jodie Hopkins break through the Wymondham midfield, above left, while many of the Lynn team were out on their feet in the second half, above right. Pictures: Richard S Brown. (54193477)

Wymondham were only occasionally able to counter, with the Linnets anticipating and closing down much of their distribution from the defence and midfield.

It was not until much later in the half that Wymondham broke the deadlock when a cross into the box caused confusion between keeper Ellie Prentice and her defence, and the hosts opened the scoring against the run of play.

Many of the ladies. (54193487)
Many of the ladies. (54193487)

Wymondham’s swift counter was to cause problems again in the 38th minute when the defence were totally flat-footed and a thunderous shot from the top of the box sailed into the net.

Lynn, now on the back foot, promptly rallied and skipper Tiffany Forshaw threaded the ball through to Gavaghan, whose jinking run through the defence gave her space to thunder the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Jodie Hopkins brings the ball under control and turns a Wymondham defender. (54193479)
Jodie Hopkins brings the ball under control and turns a Wymondham defender. (54193479)

For the second half, Wymondham were very much in the ascendancy, with their depth of squad paying advantage.

The fast counter play that had been largely contained by the Linnets in the first half caused persistent problems, with two further goals being scored by the host outfit.

King's Lynn Town Ladies goalscorer Ella Gavaghan. (54193481)
King's Lynn Town Ladies goalscorer Ella Gavaghan. (54193481)

Manager Alex Cook said: “We showed great character against the league leaders but squad depth and fitness were the deciding factor today.”

King’s Lynn Town Ladies: Ellie Prentice, Tiffany Forshaw, Samantha Davis, Fran Peeling, Chloe Burch, Alexa Hunter, Amy Cropley, Ella Gavaghan, Jodie Hopkins, Shanice Burch, Amy Magnus, Amy Bell.

Player-of-the-Match: Amy Magnus.

Amy Cropley (54193483)
Amy Cropley (54193483)


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