On Saturday a heavily-supported King’s Lynn RHC travelled away to Bury for the final game of the season knowing that a win would see them crowned English Premier League champions.
The game couldn’t have got off to a worse start for the travelling side, going 1-0 down within the first three minutes.
A second shortly followed just a couple of minutes afterwards.
It was clear that Lynn were nervous but after regrouping and slowly getting into a rhythm Lynn dominated the possession stats. They soon got the reward they’d been searching for, Josh Taylor cleverly lifting the ball between two players to volley into the net.
The second half was played in a similar way to the first with Lynn seeing plenty of the ball and creating chance after chance. Lynn pressed for the equaliser and they didn’t have to wait long, Jack Tucker receiving a pass out of the air, taking a touch and clinically slotting the ball past the watching goalkeeper.
Lynn knew they needed to continue to press and a third goal was converted to give the side a lead for the first time, Sam Kay with a deflected volley flying past the goalkeeper into the top corner.
A timeout was called to settle the nerves. Still knowing they didn’t need to change the game plan, Lynn pressed Bury St Edmunds at every possible point and they were soon celebrating as Ryan Barnes found the net from the narrowest of angles to send the team and all the support mad going into the final seven minutes of the game.
Lynn were put on the back foot with Bury shots flying in from all over the rink. Will Martin pulled off some top saves to deny them.
At the final whistle it was jubilation all around: players jumping for joy and the crowd expressing their delight as Lynn won the English Premier League title for the first time in their 35-year history.
Man of the match: Josh Taylor.
A massive thank you go to supporters who have been ever present in games this season; and to sponsors ‘Samuel Jack T-shirt Shop’ and ‘Carter Engineering Supplies’.
Team: Will Martin (GK), Matthew Baker, Ryan Barnes, Michael Carter, Josh Gay, Sam Kay (VC), Josh Taylor (c), Jack Tucker. Coach: Chris Kay.