Thurlow Nunn round-up: King's Lynn have their eyes on a double
King's Lynn Town could have their eyes on a double this season, thanks to their reserve team's exploits in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.
The Linnets became only the third team to take points off unbeaten leaders Wivenhoe Town this season – but they came almighty close to a surprise win.
It ended 2-2 at Wivenhoe, after Lynn equalised just before half-time through Craig Gillies and then took the lead after the break through Simon Bird, only for Adam Hampson to grab a late equaliser for Wivenhoe.
Lynn – whose first team moved into the play-off spots in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division – are fourth in the table, three points behind Great Yarmouth Town and Ely City, who beat Dereham Town Reserves 3-2. The Bloaters are 13 points adrift of Wivenhoe, but were 4-1 winners over Haverhill Borough at the weekend, their sixth win in eight outings in 2016.
Yarmouth’s new signing Payton Swatman was unavailable for a game which was preceded by an impeccably-observed minute’s silence for ex-Bloater Ryan Harman, who sadly lost his fight against motor-neurone disease.
The opening goal came after seven minutes through Mitch Forbes. The visitors levelled, but within two minutes Town were ahead again through Sean Perfect. Three minutes before half-time Lee Roots made it 3-1, and, as the clock ticked down, Perfect brilliantly tricked the full-back and passed to Declan McAvoy who in turn found Forbes who killed off the game.
Diss Town were 1-0 winners at Needham Market Reserves, thanks to a goal from Sam Page, but Downham Town lost 3-0 at Halstead.
Premier Division leaders Norwich United had a day off after their match at Kirkley & Pakefield was postponed because of an unfit pitch.
Stanway Rovers took the opportunity to move within eight points of the Planters and will cut the gap to five points if they can beat Brantham Athletic tomorrow. Fourth-placed Godmanchester beat Hadleigh 4-0.
The stand-out result of the day was Thetford Town’s 4-0 win at Haverhill Rovers – the Brecklanders first away win of the season and one which moved them out of the relegation zone. Shaun Hunsdon and Shane Leech each scored twice for Thetford.
Walsham-le-Willows slipped below Thetford after losing 2-1 at home to Mildenhall Town, while Gorleston lost 3-2 at Saffron Walden.
The Greens – who also observed a minute’s silence for Ryan Harman – went ahead through Matty Brown on 21 minutes, but were 2-1 down by half-time. Walden made it 3-1 with 19 minutes left before Connor Ingram pulled one back.
“It was a tough result to take,” tweeted Greens boss Ricci Butler afterwards. “But there were lots of positives within the squad.”