Linnets battle hard to claim points at Merthyr

December 23, 2017

Merthyr Town 0-1 King’s Lynn Town. 


The Linnets got themselves back to winning ways thanks an early strike from Michael Gash to remain top of the pile going into the busy festive period. 


Missing the suspended duo Michael Clunan and Ryan Fryatt, Sam Gaughran and Dion Frary came into the starting eleven, Toby Hilliard was also restored to the squad after his loan spell at Dereham Town came to end.


It was the perfect start for Lynn when what proved to be the only goal of the game arrived on 5 minutes.


A delightful pass from Ryan Hawkin’s found Gash inside in the area, His touch and finish matched the quality of the pass from from Hawkins as he slipped the ball under the advancing Oliver Davies.


The Linnets then had to weather a heavy amount of pressure from the home side, Ashley Evans got onto the end of a Ian Traylor Corner his header was cleared of the line by the covering Hawkins. 


Lynn almost doubled their lead just before the half time break, Craig Parker heading over from a Simon Lappin cross from the right. 


Minutes after the half time break, Lynn again went close, First Sam Gaughran went close that was followed up by Gash going close from a Lappin centre. 


Alex Street was then called into as the clock ticked 65 minutes, Ian Traylor benefited from some slack Linnets defending before unleashing a shot that was superbly saved by the fingertips of Street. 


The home side here then reduced to 10 men when centre defender Jarrad Evans received his marching orders for hauling down substitute Leon Mettam.


Mettam then should of wrapped up all the points for Lynn, He nicely beat two defenders with some neat twist and turns before unleashing a low shot that was well saved by Davies in the home goal. 


Manager Ian Culverhouse spoke after the game and had this to say.


“I’m delighted with the lads today, To a man we where solid, we weren’t particularly good on the ball today but the lads stuck at it and we stood up to the task. 


“All over the pitch we battled, from 1 to 11 and even the lads that came off the bench they done their jobs well. That’s the response we needed, It’s not going to be pretty every week and it was ugly today but we’ve come away with the three points.


“We’re taking one game at a time, Let other people worry about what’s going on, and we will close the doors, Circle the wagons and not listen to the noise, We need to remain focused and take one game at a a time and keep picking the three points up.



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