Heggs leads from the front for Linnets
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn 3, Hucknall 0: Lynn player/boss Carl Heggs fired his troops to another Unibond Premier Division home win tonight at The Walks against Hucknall.
King's Lynn 3, Hucknall 0
Lynn player/boss Carl Heggs fired his troops to another Unibond Premier Division home win tonight at The Walks against Hucknall.
The ex-West Brom, Carlisle and Rushden striker showed all his predatory instincts to poke home on 26 minutes.
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Lynn then earned a well overdue slice of luck when Laurie Wilson skied over from the penalty spot for the visitors after Bobby Aisien had upended Antwon Bonnick.
Linnets' top scorer Anthony Robinson made the most of that let off to head home Ryan Beswick's near post corner on 78 minutes before a cheeky third in stoppage time.
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Heggs replaced injured Mansfield loan signing Jason Bradley for his home debut in the one change to his starting line up from the weekend win over Bradford Park Avenue.
Former Norwich City academy youngster Nick Davey replaced Heggs on the bench with back up keeper Ally McAnally preferred to Zak Martin in reserve.
Heggs tried his luck with a sweet left footer from long range inside two minutes that flew a yard over Haystead's crossbar.
Robinson escaped down the right but Haystead pouched under pressure from Heggs.
Lynn's player/boss then turned cleverly on half way line to free the overlapping Robinson but Haystead raced out to hack clear.
Luke Shiels' acrobatic half volley sailed into the Hospital End from the visitors' first attacking foray.
Heggs nudged Lynn ahead just shy of the half hour mark - reacting quickest to smuggle over the goal line after his near post effort had clipped Haystead from Owen Story's cross.
Robinson miscued with Lynn again profiting down the right before the influential Story picked out Heggs who glanced wide.
The alert Andy Boyce headed Scott Ellis' driven cross behind as Hucknall looked for an instant reply.
Heggs earned a lecture but no caution from the suitably titled Mr Law for his complaints over Shiels' rough treatment in the closing stages.
Story flashed a teasing centre across the face of the Hucknall box which skimmed off Beswick with only Haystead to beat.
Heggs needed a breather after over running Robinson's intended pass - Lynn's player/boss receiving a generous round of applause for his efforts as he ambled back into position.
Danny Gay had a lucky escape when Dion Miekle's far post header struck the home stopper's back after misjudging Wilson's free kick.
Leicester loan signing Lathanial Rowe-Turner bravely through himself at Tysse Nightingale's right footed snapshot with the hosts forced to defend their lines in first half stoppage time.
Story's speculative left foot strike almost caught out Haystead on the restart from Heggs' intelligent flick on.
Robinson burst onto Gay's clearing punt but drilled over from 20 yards with Cashel Walters in close pursuit.
Walters and Shiels then double teamed Heggs as Lynn's marauding player/boss tried to snaffled Story's head down.
Antwon Bonnick's long range punt dribbled through to Gay from the increasingly dispirited Yellows with Lynn now almost embarrassingly on top.
Beswick picked out Robinson's sprint into the channel but the bustling frontman's curler swung well wide.
Steff Frost miscued eight yards out midway through the half with Hucknall belatedly starting to push Lynn back.
Hucknall were handed a lifeline from the penalty spot on 70 minutes when Bonnick tumbled under Aisien's challenge but Wilson hammered well over Gay's bar.
Lynn earned a second reprieve when Wilson's inswinging corner crashed against Gay's bar with Hucknall flooding bodies into the Lynn six yard box.
Robinson clinically despatched Beswick's near post corner on 78 minutes for some much needed breathing space.
Gay then produced a smart double stop to preserve Lynn's two goal advantage - kicking away Bonnick's angled strike before parrying Frost's follow up.
Hucknall were reduced to ten men for the final minutes after defender Fabian Smith was stretchered off with the visitors having made all three substitutions.
Robinson sealed Lynn's second consecutive home win with a coolly taken third - latching onto Beswick's crossfield ball before a cute step over to fool Haystead and a roll into an empty net.
Lynn's master marksmen Heggs and Robinson then exited the stage to a huge ovation deep in stoppage time.
King's Lynn: Gay, Aisien, Spencer, Magunda, Rowe-Turner, Boyce, Story, Lloyd (Webb 69), Heggs (Davey 90), Robinson (Smith 90), Beswick. Subs (not used): Smedley, McAnally. Booking: Aisien. Goals: Heggs (26), Robinson (78, 90)
Hucknall: Haystead, Smith, Sucharewycz, Walters, Shiels, Hawes (Liburd 35), Ellis, Wilson, Nightingale (Bonnick 56), Whittington (Frost 56), Miekle. Subs (not used): Kelly, Ward. Booking: Miekle
Stoppage time: 1 min / 5 mins
Referee: GC Law