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King's Lynn Town Under-21 hails young-guns after five-star home display




King's Lynn Town Under-21 boss Joe Simpson hailed his young squad after they made it back-to-back league wins with their fourth success of the campaign.

Simpson's young-guns were forced to come from behind at the Memorial Field before going on to record their first home of the season in scintillating style.

Striker Joe Taylor led the way with a hat-trick, but the impressive statistic from the game was that 13 of Lynn's matchday squad were under the age of 18.

Joe Taylor claims the match ball after his hat-trick. (42849198)
Joe Taylor claims the match ball after his hat-trick. (42849198)

After the game, a delighted Simpson said: "The boys were absolutely exceptional and that was our best performance of the season to date.

"That's back-to-back wins against established teams who are fancied to do well this season and I believe Sheringham are in a false position in the table.

"We went behind but almost equalised almost immediately, which takes a lot of character when you have so many young players in the team.

"To think 13 of our squad are 18 or under and that six of those are just 16 and playing Step Six football is quite remarkable.

"Yesterday we were clinical and took our chances at good times. If we can start doing that more often and keep it tight the other end then we should be alright.

Joe Gascoigne celebrates after scoring Lynn's second goal. (42849193)
Joe Gascoigne celebrates after scoring Lynn's second goal. (42849193)

"As much as it is about development, we still want to pick up points. Last season it took the team eight or nine games to get a win. At the same stage this season we already have four."

While there were a host of fine performances all over the pitch, Simpson selected the quartet of Taylor, Flo Tsagium, Joe Gascoigne and Mitchell Rasberry for special praise.

"There were so many good performances and it's difficult to pick out individuals, but Joe (Taylor), Gazza (Joe Gascoigne), Flo and Mitchell, who had has best game yet, were absolutely superb.

Ryan Thomas, goalscorer Joe Gascoigne and Florian Tsagium. (42849200)
Ryan Thomas, goalscorer Joe Gascoigne and Florian Tsagium. (42849200)

"I've had many lengthy conversations with Joe (Taylor) about his development and how he can get even better and yesterday we saw glimpses of that.

"Everyone sees the goals he scores, but it's about him working hard without the ball. I couldn't fault the lad on Saturday, he worked his socks off, as did Flo alongside him. They didn't give the Sheringham defence a moment of peace."

Ben Boyce opened the scoring for The Shannocks, but the young Linnets were irresistible at times after gaining an instant reply through Taylor.

Mitchell Rasberry (42849202)
Mitchell Rasberry (42849202)

They scored four times in a one-side second half.

Gascoigne gave them the lead shortly after the restart and Taylor (2), and Tsagium added further goals before Shane Cox added a late second for the visitors.

Most of Lynn's young squad will be back in action on Wednesday night when the club's Under-18 side play their FA Youth Cup tie against Bury Town at The Walks.

The game has a 7.45pm kick-off and the winners will host AFC Sudbury in the First Round Proper.

Alex Walpole clears his lines. (42849191)
Alex Walpole clears his lines. (42849191)


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