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King's Lynn Town record back-to-back home wins in the National League




King’s Lynn Town 2 Altrincham 0

The Linnets recorded a successive home National League wins for the first time this season thanks to a Kairo Mitchell double.

He found the back of the net twice – one of which came from the spot – in the final 10 minutes after Michael Gash had seen a penalty of his own saved a few minutes beforehand.

Once again, manager Ian Culverhouse shuffled his pack with injuries and furlough forcing his hand.

Kairo Mitchell celebrates after firing Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866518)
Kairo Mitchell celebrates after firing Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866518)

He handed a debut to young midfielder Joe Gascoigne - a product from the club’s academy set up - while Ipswich loanee Elkan Baggott returned from injury and striker Kairo Mitchell was back from international duty.

Midfielder Cameron King was back in the fold with both Gash and Tai Fleming joining him on the bench.

Altrincham wasted no time in providing the first threat with a rasping shot from Ryan Colclough rattling the home woodwork in the opening minute.

Kairo Mitchell in action against Altrincham at the Walks April 5, 2021 (45851267)
Kairo Mitchell in action against Altrincham at the Walks April 5, 2021 (45851267)

It took Lynn 13 minutes to carve out their first opening with the arms of Anthony Thompson denying Mitchell after a fine ball from Michael Gyasi.

A flowing move almost broke the deadlock midway through the half with Gyasi finding Mitchell out on the left but his first time ball was fired wide by Sonny Carey.

Gyasi then teed up Carey for a second opportunity in quick succession but the youngster shot over the bar.

Defender Elkan Baggott also made his home bow for the club. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866503)
Defender Elkan Baggott also made his home bow for the club. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866503)

Then the faintest of fingertips from Richardson denied Altrincham’s Joshua Hancock a certain goal.

The second half lacked the same intensity to that of the first, but things changed as Gash appeared for the final 20 minutes.

Mitchell saw a great chance saved by the outstretched left leg of Thompson and shortly after King almost created an opening for the same player as Lynn started to turn the screw.

Young midfielder Joe Gascoigne on his Linnets debut. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866509)
Young midfielder Joe Gascoigne on his Linnets debut. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866509)

A clear handball by Tobias Mullarkey led to Gash seeing his penalty saved but the striker soon redeemed himself by combining with King to set up Mitchell to score.

Mullarkey then clipped the heels of Mitchell in the penalty area and the striker picked himself up to score the spot kick.

A minutes silence was held for former Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins. (45866442)
A minutes silence was held for former Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins. (45866442)

King’s Lynn Town: Richardson, Callan-McFadden, Gyasi (Gash 70), Mitchell, Carey, Denton, Payne, Coleman, Baggott, Howard, Gascoigne (King 59). Subs not used: Fleming, Bastock, Tasguim.

Scorer: Mitchell 81, 86 pen

Altrincham: Thompson, Hampson, Hannigan, Moult, Williams (Richman 81), Piggott (Ceesay 79), Hancock, Senior, Mullarkey, Hardy (Peers 62), Colcough. Subs not used: Bell, Ogle.



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