Away day joy for Linnets

Corby Town 0, King's Lynn 2: Goals from Joe Francis and John Turner steered the Linnets to their first Southern League win of the season.

Corby Town 0, King's Lynn 2

Goals from Joe Francis and John Turner steered the Linnets to their first Southern League win of the season last night.

Having taken just three points from their previous seven away meetings with the Steelmen, the omens did not look good for Keith Webb's side, but they made the perfect start when they went ahead after only three minutes.

Francis robbed a defender, moved forward and unleashed a powerful drive past former Linnets keeper Greg Crane.


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But Corby gave an indication of what they could do when Liam Nicell shot against the inside of a post and it took a good diving stop by Lynn keeper Scott Howie to deny Robbie Maddox.

On 35 minutes Francis made a good run from the left wing but no-one was up to take advantage of his inviting cross.

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Matt Nolan then brought a ball down well to feed Frew, who was fouled. From the free-kick, Francis' curling shot was deflected for a corner which Crane beat away.

Lynn had looked comfortable in defence with Charlie Defty slotting in well alongside skipper Mark Warren.

They also started strongly in the second half, when a long kick forward was nodded on by Turner, only for Daily to intercept as Nolan threatened.

Turner then seized on a loose ball after a defensive slip but, unsupported, his attempt to curl the ball in was blocked.

He then made another determined run only to be fouled by Daily. From the resulting free-kick Dean West was only a fraction wide.

Corby responded and Charlie Defty was forced to concede a corner as the Steel Men broke down the left. From Hallows' flag kick Nicell went close with a powerful header.

The Linnets continued to press and Turner won a good knockdown for Nolan to power a drive just over the bar.

Lynn went further ahead in the 79th minute with a goal from Turner, who had been played in by Nolan.

The Linnets striker went past two defenders before slotting the ball past Crane for his first competitive goal for the club.

Just before the end, Turner went close to increasing the lead when after a surging run he left fly with a fierce shot which was just over.

t Starting teams.Corby: Crane, Diuk, Bonner, Wykes, Daily, Brown, Nicell, Scott, Lynch, Maddox, Hallows. Subs: Towers, Wilkinson, Curtis, Cross, Miller.

t King's Lynn: Howie, West, Lake, Warren, Charles Defty, Camm, Frew, Melton, Turner, Nolan, Francis. Subs: Bloomfield, Fisk, Spriggs, Buhlemann.

t Referee: R Smith (Halesowen).

t Attendance: 309

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