Tamworth 0 King's Lynn Town 1: Clunan on hand to put first points in the bag for Linnets
PUBLISHED: 13:02 19 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 19 August 2018
Michael Clunan's first-half strike was enough to secure Simon Clark's King's Lynn Town their first points of the season.
The Linnets skipper was on hand on the half-hour mark to provide a driven finish which removed some of the early-season pressure that had built on Clark following defeats in both of Town’s opening fixtures.
The Lynn boss made two changes, with Aaron Jones starting his first game for the club since his summer arrival at the expense of Kalern Thomas and Craig Parker earning a recall to replace the injured Michael Gash.
The Lambs made the better start, with Kyle Finn inches away from connecting with 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 home finish as the visitors rode their luck a little.
However, Lynn 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 it trickled slowly towards the unguarded net.
But Singh was helpless a minute later as Clunan netted from a tight angle after Parker had knocked the ball to the Linnets midfielder following Jordan Richards’ cross.
The goal, the third of the season for Clunan, 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 the advantage shortly after the restart when he broke clear of a static home defence, but when confronted by an onrushing Singh he lobbed a tame effort wide of the left-hand post. Minutes later Hawkins again outpaced Kettle but failed to test the keeper, drilling a shot off target.
Toby Hilliard somehow turned a shot past the post from two yards when placed in the centre of a gaping home net and Hawkins 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 late on for rhe Linnets 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, K Green, Sharpe (P Green 46), Upton, Kettle, Blaney (Morris 65), Lait, Wright, Waite (Dunkley 70), Verma, Finn. Subs not used: Wallis, Shaw.
Lynn: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracey, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Hilliard, Parker, Hawkins (Stewart 84), Richards. Subs not used: Limb, Thomas, Castellan, Beevers. Goal: Clunan 30
Ref: Wayne Barratt