Linnets totally outclass basement boys on their own patch
Bedworth United 0 King's Lynn Town 3
King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse says the 3-0 win at Bedworth United was built on a professional display from his players.
Adam Marriott and Chris Henderson gave the Linnets a comfortable interval lead before substitute Ryan Hawkins rounded off the scoring against the basement boys in Warwickshire.
A delighted Culverhouse said: “I thought we were excellent today, I really do.
“I was pleased how we took the game to them from early in the match, got the early goal, and then had long spells of possession before we got the second at exactly the right time for us just before the break.
“Full credit to Bedworth who came out and had a go in the second half, but I always felt we had a good control all over the pitch and were never in that much danger.
"The icing was Ryan’s (Hawkins) goal from Peds’ (Alex Street) long punt and I felt that made the score look more reflective of how the game had gone.
“These games are difficult because everyone expects you to turn up and win. Football is never like that and you have to earn that right to win a game. We have done that today, put in a great shift and collected three valuable points.”
The Linnets left The Oval with three-points having been too technically strong in all areas of the pitch, despite Alex Troke forcing Street into an early save.
Once Marriott lashed the ball home to give them the lead and they never looked back.
Culverhouse's side popped the ball around with pace and accuracy, stretching the home side in all areas.
Ryan Jarvis' effort from distance was deflected inches over the bar and an even better chance fell to Henderson who somehow miscued from inside the box following a pass from Michael Clunan.
Just before the interval, Henderson produced a stylish finish with a high-angled shot following some intelligent play from Michael Gash.
Marriott spurned a great chance to grab a second shortly after the restart following good work from Gash and Henderson, but Fogg pushed the ball around his post for a corner.
Hawkins was introduced for Gash on the hour with the wide man’s pace creating another problem for an already-overworked home defence.
The substitute blasted a free-kick into the wall from a good position but made amends shortly after as he collected Street’s long kick before beating Fogg with an angled drive.
Troke summed United's lack of finishing power when he blazed a shot high over the bar from 14 yards out late on.
Bedworth United: Fogg, Platt, Rowe , Parrott, Dudley, Sharpe, Steele, Blackmore (Noon), Rowley, Troke, Hancocks (Hendicks). Subs not used: Albrighton, Christie, Harrison.
Lynn: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, Robinson, Clunan (Parker 66), Richards (Mellors-Blair 77), Gash (Hawkins 61), Marriott, Henderson. Subs not used: McAuley, Bastock.
Goals: Marriott 10, Henderson 41, Hawkins 74.
Referee: Andrew Genders.