King's Lynn Town 3 Banbury United 1
King’s Lynn Town secured their first home league win of the season with a competent victory over Banbury.
Michael Gash marked his first start following an injury lay-off with an early goal whilst a Michael Clunan penalty and sumptuous Harry Limb rocket in the second half meant the result was never in doubt for Lynn.
Lynn began as bright as the autumn Walks sunshine and were ahead after only six minutes when the persistence of Frazer Blake-Tracy down the left gave him the chance to pull the ball back for Gash to guide home.
The early breakthrough seemed to rattle the visiting Puritans as Jarvis saw a shot deflected, Craig Parker dipped over from range and Harding denied Limb in a one-on-one situation, all in quick succession.
Former Linnet Steve Diggin tested Alex Street at his near post as Banbury briefly threatened but the action quickly returned to the other end with Gash and Limb both off target with headers.
Ravin Shamsi curled wide and almost took advantage of a poor Street kick with another effort at the start of the second spell but it seemed only a matter of time before a second goal and this duly arrived shortly before the hour.
Hawkins cut into the box and drew a clumsy challenge from Charlie Wise which gave Callum Walchester no option but to point to the spot and Clunan duly doubled his side’s advantage.
The goal of the game arrived moments later when the hardworking Limb burst down the touchline before cutting inside and unleashing a thunderbolt of a shot from a seemingly impossible angle which flashed past a startled Harding and into the roof of the net.
Giorgio Rasulo pulled a goal back towards the end for the visitors but by then they were a well beaten team.