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Former Norwich City man on target as King's Lynn end a run of eight games without a win

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King's Lynn Town 2 Eastleigh 1

Simeon Jackson spoke about the Ian Culverhouse factor after scoring from the penalty spot to end an eight-match winless run for King's Lynn Town.

Visiting Eastleigh took the lead in the opening minute, but Lynn deservedly levelled five minutes into the second half through Michael Gyasi before the former Norwich City frontman – reunited with his old coach a month ago – netted the winner 20 minutes from time.

It was Jackson’s first goal for the Linnets as the Walks outfit registered only their third victory of the year.

Jackson, who worked with Culverhouse a decade ago at Carrow Road, said: "It's brilliant being back with him. Training is excellent and the way he coaches and sees the game is incredible.

"People can say that there's nothing to play for but the boy's are going out and giving everything for the club in what is a very difficult time.

"Players are playing for the shirt next season and some of the football we've been producing is great to watch on the eye.

"I want to score goals and that's what I've been brought here to do."

Lynn's Michael Gyasi who equalised early in the second half. Picture:Tim Smith. (45577323)
Lynn's Michael Gyasi who equalised early in the second half. Picture:Tim Smith. (45577323)

The Linnets handed a debut to defensive midfielder Ethan Coleman as they made a number of changes from the side defeated 3-0 at Altrincham on Tuesday night.

Coleman progressed through the youth teams at Reading to Under 23 level having joined at the age of nine before signing National League North outfit Brackley Town.

There was no Chris Smith, with Tai Fleming deputising at the back alongside Kyle Callan-McFadden, or Jordan Richards, but Alex Kiwomya did return to the starting line-up after a spell on the sidelines with injury.

Lynn got off to the worst possible start by conceding in the opening minute.

New arrival Coleman gave away a silly foul on the edge of the box and Jack Payne's floated free-kick deceived everyone to find the back of the net.

Theo Richardson pulled off an excellent save with his legs to deny Tom Blair from doubling Eastleigh's advantage after 13 minutes.

Six minutes later Richardson was on hand to foil Dan Smith from close range after the striker was teed up by Joe Tomlinson down the left.

Lynn carved out three good opportunities in the space of five first-half minutes.

Striker Michael Gash. Picture: Tim Smith. (45577329)
Striker Michael Gash. Picture: Tim Smith. (45577329)

Midfielder Sonny Carey fired one effort wide and hit another shot straight into the arms of visiting goalkeeper Joe McDonnell while Michael Gash headed a Rob Howard cross wide of the target.

Lynn were back on level terms five minutes after the restart when Kiwomya played the ball across for Gyasi to stab the ball into the net from two yards out.

Clunan was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge from Tom Blair and was replaced by Alfie Payne ten minutes into the second period.

Payne tried his luck from long range but found the arms of Richardson but Lynn's makeshift defence were very rarely troubled.

One thing that can't be questioned over the last few weeks is Lynn's incredible character and the new-look Linnets controlled long periods of the second half.

The decisive moment of the game arrived 20 minutes from time as Gash saw his effort saved by the legs of McDonnell and Lynn were awarded a penalty after Jackson was pulled down in the ensuing scramble.

Jackson stepped up to make no mistake from the spot to put Lynn in front and it was a lead they successfully held onto to dent the play-off hopes of the Spitfires.

On-loan defender Rob Howard. Picture: Tim Smith. (45577325)
On-loan defender Rob Howard. Picture: Tim Smith. (45577325)

King's Lynn Town: Richardson, Howard, Fleming, Callan-McFadden, Denton, Clunan (Payne 55), Carey, Kiwomya (Jackson 60), Coleman, Gyasi (Davies 76), Gash. Subs not used: Gascoigne, Tasguim.

Scorers: Gyasi 50, Jackson 70.

Eastleigh: McDonnell, Blair (Smart 55), Partington (Bearlish 81), Boyce, Bird, Tomlinson, Hollands, Payne, Miley, Baggie, Smith. Subs not used: Flitney, Green, Scorey.

Scorer: Payne 1.

Stats (Lynn first)

Shots on target: 4, 3.

Shots off target: 5, 2.

Corners: 1, 6.

Free kicks conceded: 12, 15.

Yellow cards: 4, 3.

Red cards: 0, 0.

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