Hucknall 1, King's Lynn 2
Paddy Davitt Lynn staged a sterling second half fightback to snatch a hard fought Blue Square North win today at Hucknall. Keith Webb's men trailed to Danny Bacon's early opener before Julian Joachim conjured a sublime equaliser just past the hour mark.
Lynn staged a sterling second half fightback to snatch a hard fought Blue Square North win today at Hucknall.
Keith Webb's men trailed to Danny Bacon's early opener before Julian Joachim conjured a sublime equaliser just past the hour mark.
On loan Kettering defender Luke Graham secured Lynn's second away league win of the season on 80 minutes with a glancing header from Joe Francis' inswinging free kick.
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Lynn had struggled to match the battling hosts early muscular endeavour before upping the ante after the interval.
On loan Crawley defender Bradley Thomas was ruled out after picking up an achilles injury on his Linnets' debut in last week's Solihull win.
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Simon Weaver was restored to the starting line up partnering Greg Crane in central defence with Kettering loan defender Luke Graham again deputising at right back.
Webb named an unchanged midfield and strike force with Solihull two goal hero Joachim again paired in tandem up top with Jack Defty.
Danny Bloomfield was named on the bench after his midweek Ridgeons Premier derby hat-trick along with the recalled Joe Francis.
Former Notts County and Middlesbrough defender Richard Liburd made his Hucknall debut in midfield.
Scott Mitchell scuffed the first striker in anger after Joachim's deflected effort dropped for the ex-Ipswich trainee.
Dave Kettle raced into the Linnets' half but dragged his cross shot wide of Howie's far post.
Howie smartly clutched Chris Shaw's dipping free kick with Kettle ready to pounce inside the Linnets' six-yard box as Hucknall continued to press.
Bacon stumbled through Weaver and Crane's half hearted challenges ten yards out to slot past Howie on 15 minutes.
James Lindley grabbed Weaver's flick from Defty's knockdown as Lynn probed for a ninstant riposte.
Defty's swinging far post volley flew over the small stand after Michael Frew had galloped free down the right.
Chris Timons' side footed over from close range on 28 minutes after Howie punched fresh air in his attempt to clean out Shaw's inswinging corner.
Graham led the breakout on with a raking ball for Frew who shrugged off Shaw but Jay Smedley threw himself of Joachim with the ex-Coventry striker primed to test Lindley.
Lindley parried Defty's rasping striker from the edge of the area in Lynn's first real sighter of the half.
Howie clutched Shaw's lob at the second attempt as the contest became stretched in the closing stages before Scott Mitchell's strike was deflected behind at the opposite end.
Adam Smith limped off on 43 minutes following treatment in the centre circle to his right leg after failing to shake off an earlier knock.
t Half-time: Hucknall 1, King's Lynn 0
Scott Mitchell tumbled under Liburd's challenge on the restart but referee Wooton waved play on as the grounded Linnets' midfielder protested in vain.
Joachim swivelled expertly to lash past Lindley on 63 minutes to drag Lynn back into the contest.
Frew chipped tamely at the Hucknall stopper from Scott Mitchell's persistence with Webb's men oozing renewed belief.
Second half arrival Francis burst down the left but Smedley hacked clear. Graham glanced Lynn in front with a fantastic header on 80 minutes from Francis' teasing cross to seal back-to-back Blue Square North wins after brushing Solihull Moors aside at The Walks last week.
t Result: Hucknall 1, King's Lynn 2
t King's Lynn: Howie, Graham, Chapman, Weaver, Crane, Sedgemore, Frew (Francis 69), S Mitchell, Defty, Joachim, Smith (Camm 44). Subs (not used): Bloomfield, Turner, Murray.
Goals: Joachim (63), Graham (80)
t Hucknall: Lindley, Baxter, Shaw, Smedley, Timons, Sucharewycz, Wilson, P Mitchell, Kettle (Robertson 61), Bacon, Liburd. Subs (not used): Ward, Galloway.
Goal: Bacon (15)
t Added on time: 2 mins / 3 mins
t Referee: R Wooton
t Attendance: 339