Five-star Linnets blow away Leiston

October 17, 2018


Leiston 1 King's Lynn Town 5
King's Lynn Town turned on the style to come from behind to beat Leiston in an Evo-Stik Southern League Central clash at Victory Road.
In the first meeting between the two club's for more than 70 years, Lynn looked up against when their high-flying hosts took an early lead.
But the Walks outfit hit back in impressive style as they put Leiston to sword with a brilliant display of attacking football.
The night started well for Leiston after Kyle Hammond intercepted a pass from Michael Clunan and play in Matt Blake, who made no mistake with an excellent finish.
Shortly afterwards, Lynn missed a golden opportunity to get themselves back on level terms when Adam Marriott's shot was brilliantly saved by home goalkeeper Marcus Garnham, and former Leiston favourite Chris Henderson headed the follow-up wide.
But the travelling faithful didn't have to wait much long for an equaliser after the impressive Marriott ghosted down the left and made space to fire past Granham.
Blake - a previous transfer target of Lynn - left the field with an injury and within a minute of his departure the Linnets were in front as Henderson scored from close range against his former club.
A minute later it was 3-1 as Ryan Hawkins rifled home and more bad defending allowed Michael Gash to head home a Marriott centre to make it 4-1 just before half-time.
Garnham pulled off a stunning save to deny Hawkins a second and make sure there was only a three-goal deficit going into the interval.
The Linnets controlled long periods of the second half but had to wait until nine minutes from time before extending their lead further.
Marriott, who had crashed an effort against the post minutes earlier, was fouled in the box and Michael Clunan stepped up to tuck away the resulting spot-kick.
Tonight, it’s the turn of Lynn's under-18 side to take centre stage when they host their counterparts from Dereham Town in the final qualifying round of this season's FA Youth cup (7.45pm). 
In what is arguably the youngsters' biggest fixture for many seasons, the club are hoping for a good turnout of support for a fixture that will see the winners travel to play Northampton Town in the first round proper.
Speaking ahead of the fixture, media officer Mark Hearle said: "I attended the previous round when the lads beat Cambridge City following extra-time and was impressed with the quality and commitment shown by both sets of players in what was a very entertaining and competitive evening of football. 
"The visit of Dereham Town will provide another stiff test for Neil Fryatt's team and I am sure that a little extra support through the gate will spur the team on just that little bit more. 
"We had almost 120 people in for the last round and to top that this evening would be very pleasing for everyone at the club."




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