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King's Lynn rink hockey players bag a club record 20 goals in Premier Leagu

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King’s Lynn rink hockey players scored a club record twenty goals against newly-promoted Herne Bay to move them within touching distance of another Premier League title.

Lynn took their points tally to 33 from 12 games to put them within just two games of retaining their league crown.

The team travelled to Kent confident of a second victory in the space of four games against their hosts after the home fixture finished 18-2 and, after five minutes, the scene for a repeat was set.

Owen Norris in action for King's Lynn Rink Hockey's Premier League team. Jo Tidman (28956589)
Owen Norris in action for King's Lynn Rink Hockey's Premier League team. Jo Tidman (28956589)

Lynn played their usual brand of aggressive hockey, pressing Herne Bay and restricting their time on the ball.

A confident Lynn outfit dominated possession, to extremes even they aren’t used to, to the extent that Herne Bay didn’t manage a shot on target in the first half.

Lynn, on the other hand, created plenty of chances, and scored a number of goals from close range after commanding space inside the penalty area.

Entering the half-time break 10 goals ahead, Lynn returned for the second half with the same, unrelenting spirit as the first, and doubled their tally as a result.

Defensively, as Herne Bay grew in confidence, Lynn had a little bit more work to do, but nothing to seriously threaten the boys in red.

Were it not for a couple of missed penalties at the end, Lynn could’ve scored even more, but with a 20-0 scoreline, they finished the match satisfied with a goal difference that now stands at 84 (109 scored, 25 conceded).

Individually, almost everyone got on the scoresheet, with Owen Norris (5), Matthew Baker (5), Jack Tucker (4), and Josh Taylor (4) all completing hat-tricks.

Lynn next face Manchester, at Lynnsport, on March 7 (7.15pm), before hosting second -placed Grimsby two weeks later.

If Lynn win both of these fixtures, their fifth consecutive Premier League title will be a mathematical certainty.

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