Hitchin 5 King's Lynn Town 0: New boss gets off to worst possible start
PUBLISHED: 14:57 26 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:57 26 February 2017
Ian Culverhouse cut a forlorn figure as he walked off the pitch to take his first half-time team talk.
Clearly stunned by what he had witnessed, the new King’s Lynn Town boss was entitled to feel let down.
Lynn’s surrender, once the opening goal was conceded after two minutes, was as meek as the humiliations at both St Neots and Banbury earlier in the season, under previous boss Gary Setchell.
There can be no excuses for such a failure to compete and the performance, as bad as anything Linnets fans have witnessed for many years, embarrassed a good man who deserved better.
Culverhouse was given a rousing reception as he took to the field to take charge of his first game.
He accepted beforehand that it would be tough against a Hitchin side who will surely go on and clinch promotion, but little did he expect it would be this tough.
The game was gone by the interval and, two minutes into the second half, it had become a rout.
Lynn fell behind to Hitchin’s first chance of the encounter, Callum Donnelly hooking home in the second minute.
For some players, it signalled the end of the contest and the start of the embarrassment.
Eleven minutes later, a mix-up at the back saw Robbie Burns left with an easy finish before Matt Lench drilled home a third midway through the first half.
Lynn lacked quality going forward and were found wanting in character and application as Lucas Kirkpatrick added a fourth close to the break.
Michael Clunan and Sam Gaughran continued to fight for Lynn’s cause, but two minutes after the restart the hosts added a fifth as Burns grabbed his second of the afternoon.
Hitchin: Johnson, Smith, Bickerstaff, Rolfe (Walster 72), Webb, Wright, Spence, C. Donnelly (B. Donnelly, 63), Kirkpatrick, Burns (Brooks 56), Lench. Subs: B. Donnelly, Bennett, Brooks, Walster, Barnes.
Scorers: C. Donnelly 2, Burns 13, 47, Lench 23, Kirkpatrick 43.
Lynn: Street, Zielonka, Yong, Gaughran, Ward, Smith, Clunan, McWilliams (Edge 46), Hilliard, Revan (R. Fryatt 59), Warburton. Subs not used: Setchell, McQuaid and Congreve.
Attendance: 517. Referee: R Bloy