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York City prove too strong for King's Lynn Town in National League North

York City 3 King’s Lynn Town 0

King’s Lynn Town have seldom suffered many shocks to the system during manager Ian Culverhouse’s reign.

But Saturday’s first defeat in 12 league and cup matches will serve as a timely reminder to Lynn fans that, as their manager predicted at the start of the season, there would be bumps along the road.

Tormentor-in-chief David Ferguson created the opener for Andy Bond and then registered the second before teeing up Joe Tait to complete the scoring late on.

Culverhouse was, as ever, honest in his post-match appraisal, saying: “I thought we were very good from box-to-box but poor in both boxes, that really summed it up.

“Poor defending from three crosses into the box – you are not going to win any games if you don’t defend crosses, especially at this level.

“And I think our quality into the box attacking wasn’t good while York made good runs in the box and we didn’t deal with that.”

Culverhouse’s verdict was the game in a nutshell and the final scoreline perhaps flattered the hosts who were content to let Lynn play their normal passing game.

The big difference on the afternoon was that the Minstermen kept their shape and remained disciplined throughout, whereas Lynn didn’t during crucial phases of the game.

The Linnets had the majority of the ball during the game and created few clear-cut chances in front of goal, while York always retained a sense of control throughout and their impressive defence rarely looked like being breached.

York’s opening goal arrived midway through the first half after a delightful passing move ended with Ferguson crossing for Bond to find the back of the net.

Just as Lynn seemed to offering a threat, the hosts doubled their advantage in the 72nd minute when Ferguson was on hand to convert a low cross from the left.

Four minutes from time, Ferguson delivered a cross for the unmarked Tait to head home the Minstermen’s third.

Lynn still remain reinvigorated for the challenge ahead and they are not going to let Saturday’s defeat at Bootham Crescent dent the brilliant start they have made to the National League North season.

It doesn’t get any easier with Chester next on the league horizon, but you can be sure that The Walks outfit will be ready for the tough test another full-time side will bring with them.

York: Jameson, Dyer, Ferguson, Newton, Spratt, Tait, Moke, McLaughlin, Burrow, Bond (Green 75), Kempster. Subs: Durrell, McFarlane, King, Whitley. Goals: Bond 22, Ferguson 71, Tait 85.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis (Barrows 46), Smith, McAuley, Clunan (Richards 63), Payne, Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Carey 63). Subs not used: Kelly, Stewart.

Attendance: 3,082 (274 Lynn fans).

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