King’s Lynn RHC returned to home action in the roller hockey National Premier League over the weekend but lost 8-9 to an in-form Herne Bay United.
The game started brightly for the hosts who grabbed two early goals to take control through Josh Taylor. However HBU soon replied with a goal themselves to set the tone for a high scoring affair.
Lynn attempted to regain their two goal advantage and a few minutes later came a further goal from Taylor to take his third goal, shortly followed by a fourth. The travelling side were in no mood to be blown over and pulled the game back to level terms after some costly errors in the home defence.
Despite being under pressure for much of the final 10 minutes of the first half Lynn went into half-time 5-4 up after Matt Baker found himself in behind the defence to round the goalkeeper and finish into the net.
In the second half Lynn enjoyed the more successful opening encounters. Sam Kay created space for himself to flick the ball into the roof of the net to restore a two-goal lead. Baker then soon followed with a second goal of his own after some clever build up play.
With a three-goal lead Lynn appeared to take their foot off of the gas and HBU capitalised and soon found themselves back on level terms and with five minutes to go everything was to play for.
Lynn couldn’t find a way through and HBU gained the advantage for the first time in the game. Lynn then had to push to find an equaliser but it wasn’t to be as the visiting side took a two-goal lead into the final two minutes of play.
Following the goal Lynn had a player sin binned leaving the side with three players for the remainder of the game. Despite scoring shorthanded a further goal, Herne Bay United took the win.
An exciting game from start to finish for the supporters in attendance. Unfortunately for Lynn this was a first loss in the season but hopefully one that inspires the team to pick themselves up and improve for the second half of the year.
Well played to HBU who never gave up despite trailing for most of the game.
Thanks to the supporters and to the timekeepers for their work throughout the game. Thanks to sponsors Samueljacks T-Shirt Shop and Carter Engineering Supplies.
Team: Will Martin (GK), Matthew Baker, Ryan Barnes, Michael Carter, Jamie Griffin, Sergio Hutson, Sam Kay, Josh Taylor (c) and Jack Tucker.
Coach: Chris Kay/Michael Baker.