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King's Lynn players clinch sixth successive Premier League title



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Rink hockey players from Lynn claimed their sixth Premier League title on the bounce with a 4-2 victory over ECU at Alive Lynnsport.

Well aware of what was at stake, Lynn knew three points would wrap up the title with three games to spare, but the ECU side were determined not to make it easy for the reigning champions.

Both sides enjoyed possession of the ball, but it was Lynn who arguably had the better chances, including a couple of penalties which weren’t converted.

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Rink hockey 1 (56307470)

It wasn’t until late into the first half when Lynn were able to break the deadlock.

A nice bout of passing found Jack Tucker free on the halfway line with a hard slapshot to make it 1-0 to Lynn at the interval.

Goalkeeper Tom Allander continued his good spell of form in goal for the Lynn side, making multiple saves when called upon, showing why he is currently the number one keeper in the league.

Going into the second half, the game was far from over. Again, it took a while for any breakthrough but this time it came through captain Josh Taylor.

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Rink hockey 2 (56307512)

After a spell of possession, Ryan Barnes played a millimetre perfect ball allowing Taylor to deflect the ball into the roof of the net.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing as Josh Futter received a blue card for an infringement on an ECU player. The resulting direct hit was converted by ECU, putting the pressure on the leaders.

Lynn continued to play their game but ECU managed to find some room to get away a slapshot which found the back of the net.

Again, Lynn regrouped to go again but shortly after they were on the back foot as captain Taylor received a blue card after an altercation with an ECU player.

Lynn drew on their experience as keeper Allander thwarted the direct free hit attempt this time, followed by neutralising the powerplay.

Once they were back at full strength, Taylor was able to come through with the goods once again after finding the net to give Lynn a deserved lead late into the second half.

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Rink hockey 3 (56307554)

Finally to relieve any doubt, Norris found himself on the scoresheet again after creating some space in the area to beat an unsuspecting keeper.

By all means this wasn't Lynn’s greatest performance, but a true sign of a great team is their ability to churn out results despite not having their best day.

Credit to ECU who put on a good showing, making it good spectacle for the supporters.

Man-of-the-match: Tom Allander.

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Rink hockey 4 (56307567)

Lynn thank all the supporters who made it a great atmosphere, along with the referees, timekeepers, fundraisers, photographer Jo Tidman (Rock Click) and coach Daren Didcock.

Thanks also goes to sponsors Tropics Two Fish & Chips, Allsigns and Epic Embroidery & Print.

Lynn would love to see as many fans present at their cup game against London at Alive Lynnsport tonight (8pm).



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