Redditch United 0-1 King’s Lynn Town
The Linnets relied on experience as they secured a vital single goal victory at the Trico Stadium on Saturday. Former Canary Simon Lappin provide the ammunition for Michael Gash just after the hour mark to keep their Southern Premier Division promotion aspirations alive on a weekend when all of their main rivals also collected maximum points.
Speaking afterwards manager Ian Culverhouse praised his sides grit and determination as they ground out the three important points.
“I said beforehand that I would take a scruffy 1-0 and whilst in my opinion it wasn’t scruffy we had to show a lot of resolve to finally get over the line. I was a little surprised at their tactics and we had to adapt.
“You look at their record of only two defeats here before today and scoring almost fifty goals in the process I thought they would have a go at us but they decided to sit back, trying to soak up the pressure and play on the counter. I felt we were comfortable before we scored and if I have to be critical I would have liked us to be a be a little more sharper today in the final third.
“Our management of the game was good and it’s three more points in the account so we now move onto Tuesday evening with Basingstoke coming up to ours’.
The first half was a war of attrition as both sides worked hard to find a breakthrough with neither creating much in the way of goal scoring opportunities. Ryan Hawkins centre picked out Gash who headed over and the former had a shot blocked by Ethan Ross in the home goal.
Frazer Blake-Tracy’s tame header failed to test Ross and Lappin sent a thirty yarder straight at the home custodian which he collected with ease. His opposite number Alex Street clawed away Adam Page’s corner following some rare home pressure on his goal.
Town increased the tempo after the break as Gash played in Hilliard whose half volley was beaten away by Ross. Ryan Jarvis was inches away with a shot from distance before the pressure finally told and the only goal of the game duly arrived. Following some neat interplay on the Lynn left Lappin delivered a delicious cross which allowed Gash to rise high at the back post and majestically power the ball into the net beyond a despairing Ross.
Substitute Leon Mettam fired at Ross and Cameron Norman’s low driven centre evaded three Linnets forwards as the visitors probed for the second. At the other end a swift home counter saw Adam Davie inches away from connecting to Montel Gibson’s centre. Late on Craig Parker should have wrapped things up for Lynn but his final effort lacked pace to trouble the home goal.
Redditch United: Ross, Wright, Fox, Jackman (Gibson), Fishwick, Mutton, Dunkley (Davie), Sammons, Fleetwood, Weir, Page. Unused subs: Platt, Mckenzie, Ezewele.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Norman, Blake – Tracy, Fryatt, Ward, Jarvis, Clunan, Hilliard (Mettam), Gash, Hawkins (Parker), Lappin. Unused subs: Siddons, King, Frary.
Goal: Gash 63.
Bookings: Norman, Clunan, Lappin.
Referee: Darren Wilding Att: 381.