10 man King’s Lynn Town moved to the top of the National League North table with a 3-2 win over Alfreton Town at a noisy Walks Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Adam Marriott returned to the starting line-up after missing Saturday’s game with a slight knock, Sam Kelly dropping to the bench.
Lynn got off to the perfect start when captain Michael Clunan gave them the lead on 2 minutes. His initial shot from the end of the area was blocked before curling an effort with the outside of his foot past the stranded Alfreton keeper.
Lynn thought they had doubled their lead when Marriott diverted Aaron Jones’s shot into the back of the net only to see the flag raised for offside.
Alfreton’s first attempt came on 20 minutes when Amari Morgan-Smith’s shot was blocked before being cleared.
Lynn extended their lead on 27 minutes when Alfie Payne, who was given too much time, lined up a shot from 20 yards that nestled into the bottom corner. His 3rd goal of the season.
Lynn were now on top with Alfreton not really testing the home defence although Alex Street was called upon to make a couple of blocks.
Alfreton started the second half well and had a goal disallowed for offside from a free kick. A potential game changing moment arrived on 63 minutes with Lynn centre back Rory McAuley being shown a straight red card following an altercation with Morgan-Smith.
With just over 10 minutes left Alfreton hit back with a scrambled effort from Ben Tomlinson, setting up what many in the crowd thought would be a nervy ending.
Adam Marriott had other ideas, and on 82 minutes a run past 2 defenders saw him rifle a shot in from fully 20 yards that gave the visiting keeper no chance.
Alfreton pulled a goal back in injury time through another scrambled effort, this time from Morgan-Smith but it proved too late to mount a comeback.
With news that York had drawn at Guiseley, the Linnets moved a point clear at the top of the table.
Lynn: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Payne (Barrows), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Richards)
Subs not used: Carey, Kelly, Stewart
Match sponsors (AMA Waste) man of the match: Michael Gash
Next action for a Lynn team is Thursday evening when the U18’s travel to Mildenhall Town in the FA Youth Cup, kick off 7.45pm