Tamworth 0 King's Lynn Town 1
Michael Clunan’s first-half strike was enough to secure Simon Clark’s King’s Lynn Town their first points of the season at Tamworth on Saturday.
The Linnets' skipper was on hand on the half-hour mark to provide a driven finish to remove some of the early-season pressure that had built on Clark following back-to-back league defeats at the start of the season.
The Lynn boss made two changes to his starting selection from Tuesday.
Aaron Jones starting his first game for the club since his arrival in the summer at the expense of Kalern Thomas and Craig Parker earned a recall to replace the injured Michael Gash.
It was The Lambs who made the better start with Kyle Finn only inches away from connecting from a Rhys Sharpe centre.
Finn then turned provider as giant home captain Joel Kettle headed over Alex Street’s bar and the speedy Tyrell Waite flashed a driven shot across the Linnets box with no home forward in attendance to provide what would have been a simple finish.
However they almost took the lead following an embarrassing mix-up in the home defence between keeper Jas Singh and Regan Upton which required the home custodian to scamper quickly back to his line to grab the ball as the ball trickled slowly towards the unguarded net.
Singh was helpless a minute later as Clunan netted from a tight angle after Parker had knocked the ball to the Linnets midfielder following a Jordan Richards cross.
The goal, the third of the season for the captain, saw a visible confidence surge throughout his team mates as they proceeded to take a strong grip on the match.
Ryan Hawkins should have doubled his sides advantage shortly after the restart when he broke clear of a static home defence but when confronted by an on-rushing Singh he lobbed a tame effort wide of the home left hand post.
Minutes later, Hawkins again outpaced Kettle but failed to test the keeper and drilled a shot which was off target.
Toby Hilliard then somehow turned a shot past the post from two yards when placed in the centre of a gaping home net and Hawkins, who could so easily have helped himself to a treble again fluffed his lines after breaking clear.
At the other end, Street was untroubled by a Finn curling effort and substitute Paul Green hooked wide with the home team now becoming desperate in their attempts to find a leveller.
There was one further alarm for The Linnets late on as Kristian Green headed just wide following a corner, but the visitors were not to be denied their first win which in truth should have been by a much wider margin.
Tamworth: Singh, Kristian Green, Sharpe (Paul Green), Upton, Kettle, Blaney (Morris), Lait, Wright, Waite (Dunkley), Verma, Finn. Unused subs: Wallis, Shaw.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Hawkins (Stewart), Hilliard, Parker, Richards. Unused subs: Castellan, Beevers, Thomas, Limb.
Goal: Clunan 30.