King's Lynn rink hockey players still flying high in the Premier League
King’s Lynn RHC 6 Soham RHC 3
Lynn made it nine wins out of a possible ten after beating a tough Soham outfit at Lynnsport on Saturday.
In front of a buoyant home support, Ryan Barnes opened the scoring for Lynn with a surging cross-rink dash that finished with a convincing finish into the side netting.
Lynn went 2-0 up after Josh Taylor scored a similar effort, beating the keeper low to his left with a forehand slapshot.
Soham brought themselves back into the game after a Lynn error gifted them space just outside the area to rifle a shot in off the crossbar.
But Lynn re-established their two-goal lead when Jack Tucker converted from close range after some clever build up play from the boys in red.
Soham again hampered Lynn’s momentum with a slap that found the net after a Lynn deflection, but only for a matter of seconds as Josh Horn scored from the restart with a low drive from distance.
Early in the second period, Taylor scored his second from the direct spot with a slap down the middle, before completing his hat-trick with a backhand slap that found the top left.
Barnes was handed a blue card for stepping on the rink marginally too early during a substitution.
Soham hit the post on the resulting direct, and with their man advantage, were able to get their third with a clinical far-post finish.
Lynn travel to London this weekend and will be keen to avenge their only defeat of the season in a game that could be pivotal in this season’s title race.
Man-of-the-match: Tommy Allander.
Under-17 rink hockey players from Lynn hosted Cottenham, Letchworth, ECU Blue and ECU Gold in Schoolboys League Division One.
Conceding three goals in the opening five minutes always left the team on the back foot in their opening encounter against Cottenham, which they lost 7-0.
Despite this, Lynn goalkeeper Imogen Senter displayed some excellent strength between the posts.
The team, who continue to grow as a group, displayed some excellent effort against Letchworth B in their second outing but it couldn’t prevent them from slipping to a 6-0 reverse.
Alfie Poppy registered Lynn’s first goal of the tournament in a 12-1 defeat to ECU Blues where the hosts were undone by six goals in either half.
In their final match of the tournament, both Thomas Barker and Poppy found the back of the net in a 2-2 draw against ECU Gold.
Thanks goes to Will Martin and Harvey Dugdale for giving up their time to coach the team during the tournament and Josh Taylor and Micheal Baker refereeing.
The team on the day were: Myah Easter, Alfie Poppy, Harvey Blyler, Thomas Barker, Taylor McAree, William Dickerson, Mikey Whiting, Billy Davey and Imogen Senter.
Read moreOther Sport
More by this authorGreg Plummer