By Josh Taylor
Over the weekend King’s Lynn RHC had a double header of fixtures in the Premier League, and they remain unbeaten at home.
On Saturday evening the opponents were Letchworth RHC who are closely behind Lynn in the league table.
The game started quietly with both sides looking to calmly play themselves into the game.
First on to the scoreboard was the hosts with a well executed team goal which fell to Sam Kay at the back post to finish into an empty net with style. From this point Letchworth were keen to capitalise on any slight mistake made by Lynn and soon found themselves not only with one goal on the board but two after some slack defending.
It took the home side then a little bit of time to regain their composure and their patience soon paid off. A lifted pass to the far post came to Jamie Griffin who smartly finished after taking the ball out of the air to hammer it home.
Letchworth weren’t settling for a level game and soon found the net for the third time but the hosts were quick to reply through Matt Baker with a smart wrap-around the goal to catch the keeper off guard. The score remained 3-3 through to half-time.
Lynn needed to focus to rectify their earlier mistakes. However they were undone in much the same fashion as the first three goals through some poor defending. After the goal to make the score 4-3, the game settled.
Again Letchworth were next on the scoresheet to take the game to 5-3. Lynn really had to work to even salvage a draw. After adapting the tactics slightly the way back into the game arrived.
A clinical pass found Josh Taylor in the middle of the penalty area unmarked to finish underneath the goalkeeper.
At 5-4 pressure from the home side began to take its toll on the travelling side and after committing foul after foul they conceded a free hit on the edge of the penalty area. A tactical move expertly finished off with a powerful drive pinging off the underside of the bar and into the back of the net from Baker drew the hosts level with little more than four minutes left on the clock.
The home side now sensed they could go on to take all three points from a game where they had very much been the weaker of the sides.
The support completely on their side from the watching crowd were doing all they could to push the team on for a win. With just over a minute to go Taylor broke free through the defence to clinically finish past the onlooking goalkeeper into the top corner to give Lynn a 6-5 lead going into the final minute.
Nervous times for both sides as the final whistle neared but Lynn kept their cool and took the win to maintain their unbeaten home record.
Man of the match: Matt Baker.
On Sunday RHC Invicta were the visitors. Lynn played a fluid patient game throughout and were rewarded with some fine goals from Josh Taylor, Sam Kay, Ryan Barnes and Michael Carter. The final score was 11-0 to the hosts and they completed the weekend coming out with six points.
An important couple of wins for the side who are creeping up the table. With other title challengers dropping points in recent games, Lynn need to remain focused in their final six games.
Next up are rivals Grimsby RHC away from home. Thanks to sponsor Samueljacks T-Shirt Shop, Lynn Road, Gaywood for their continued support.
Team: Will Martin (GK), Matt Baker, Ryan Barnes, Michael Carter, Josh Gay, Jamie Griffin, Sam Kay(VC) and Josh Taylor (C).