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King's Lynn Town 2 Wrexham 6

King's Lynn Town opened the scoring in a league game for the first time this season – but there was no Hollywood ending as Wrexham punished a sloppy home defence by scoring six times on their travels.

Skipper Michael Clunan's early goal was cancelled Aaron Hayden going into the break before second half efforts from Jordan Davies, Paul Mullin and Jordan Ponticelli put the visitors firmly in control.

Malachi Linton reduced the arrears late on but further efforts from Daniel Jarvis and Cameron Green left luckless Lynn, who lost two of their centre-halves to injury, deep in trouble towards the bottom of the National League standings.

Linnets skipper Michael Clunan celebrates after putting Lynn in front against the Red Dragons. Picture: Tim Smith. (53044625)
Linnets skipper Michael Clunan celebrates after putting Lynn in front against the Red Dragons. Picture: Tim Smith. (53044625)

The Linnets made three changes to their starting line-up from the team defeated by Walsall in the FA Cup last Saturday.

Midfielder Joshua Barrett was handed his first start since his arrival from Bristol Rovers last month while there were also recalls for striker Gold Omotayo and fit-again defender Pierce Bird.

New defender Baris Altintop – signed from Bury Town in the week – was named among the substitutes alongside Brett McGavin and Jayden Davis.

Among the starters for the Red Dragons were striker Paul Mullin and defender Ben Tozer who won promotion with Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town from League Two last season respectively.

The visitors made a bright start with Mullin's shot parried to the edge of the box and Harry Lennon's follow-up shot was blocked.

Striker Gold Omotayo celebrates Michael Clunan's opening goal at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith. (53044627)
Striker Gold Omotayo celebrates Michael Clunan's opening goal at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith. (53044627)

Lynn took the lead with their first effort of the game in the 12th minute.

Omotayo won the ball against his former club before a deft pass from fellow strike partner Malachi Linton picked out Clunan who found the back of the net with a delightful finish.

Their lead lasted all of 12 minutes when a corner to the far post was uncontested by the home defence and Hayden headed Wrexham level with ease.

The hosts lost Kyle Callan-McFadden to injury in the 30th minute but they still continued to go toe-to-toe with their big-spending visitors until the half-time whistle.

Attacking midfielder Joshua Barrett was handed his first start in a Lynn shirt against Wrexham. Picture: Tim Smith. (53044623)
Attacking midfielder Joshua Barrett was handed his first start in a Lynn shirt against Wrexham. Picture: Tim Smith. (53044623)

Barrett and Mullin went close at either end of the pitch before a miscommunication at the back from the Red Dragons almost gifted Lynn the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Lynn were architects of their own downfall eight minutes into the second half after squandering possession just outside their box and Bryce Hosannah played in Jordan Davies to fire Wrexham in front.

Bird blazed a great opportunity for an equaliser over the woodwork from six yards out and Ian Culverhouse's side were made to pay when the visitors broke straight up field to add a third through the prolific Mullin when the hosts thought they should have been awarded a free-kick in the build up.

Defender Dan Bowry keeps tabs on Wrexham dangerman Paul Mullin. Picture: Tim Smith (53044629)
Defender Dan Bowry keeps tabs on Wrexham dangerman Paul Mullin. Picture: Tim Smith (53044629)

Fifteen minutes from time Bird went down with a serious-looking injury as he tried to clear the ball and Mullin squared the ball for Ponticelli to add a fourth to inflict more pain on Lynn.

Lynn bagged a second when Omotayo flicked the ball on against his former club for Linton to find the back of the net, but the visitors had the final say with Jarvis and Green rubbing salt in the wounds in the final few minutes.

Lynn defender Kyle Callan-McFadden receives treatment. Picture: Tim Smith (53044631)
Lynn defender Kyle Callan-McFadden receives treatment. Picture: Tim Smith (53044631)

King's Lynn Town (5-3-2): P. Jones; A. Jones, Barrows McFadden (McGavin 30), Bird (Sundire 77), Bowry; Clunan, Coleman, Barrett; Omotayo, Linton. Subs not used: Altintop. Davis.

Scorer: Clunan 12, Linton 87.

Booked: Linton and Bird.

Wrexham (4-4-2): Dibble; Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Lennon; Hosannah, J. Jones, Young, Davies; Mullin, Ponticelli. Subs: Szczepaniak, Brisley, Green, Jarvis, McAlinden.

Scorers: Hayden 24, Davies 52, Mullin 64, Ponticelli 75, Jarvis 90, Green 90+5.

Booked: Hall-Johnson.

Attendance: 1,070.



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