King's Lynn 1, Bromsgrove 0

King's Lynn returned to league action at the Walks parading big midweek signing Phil Mulryne in a central midfield position.

King's Lynn returned to league action at the Walks parading big midweek signing Phil Mulryne in a central midfield position.

That was one of two changes Keith Webb made to his starting line-up this afternoon following Tuesday's last-gasp Trophy victory over AFC Sudbury.

Charlie Defty came in at full-back to replace Dean West, who was suffering from a virus, and club captain Mark Warren returned to the centre of defence replacing Greg Crane. On the Linnets' bench Stephen Spriggs was given a chance following a series of impressive displays for the reserve team.

Turner was the star for Lynn as the hosts began at a brisk pace. On four minutes the striker's cross-cum-shot narrowly cleared keeper Lewis's bar and five minutes later his pass to strike partner Bloomfield saw a powerful shot just inches wide of its intended target.

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Turner then saw another shot deflected by Heeley for a corner which came to nothing.

After this early onslaught the visitors were glad to resort to the other end of the pitch with Sam Alsop's lay-off to full-back Jamie Petty saw the Bromsgrove man's shot bring a fine diving save from home keeper Howie.

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On 19 minutes new Lynn signing Mulryne and opposite number six Snape were involved in a scuffle which brought a stern ticking off from referee O'Sullivan. Bromsgrove again caused a flutter in the home defence with Sanders' effort being tipped away by Howie.

Moments later a Banner cross was headed goal-wards by Hay with again Howie in action to save.

The home side took the lead on 29 minutes as Francis's cross was expertly turned home by Bloomfield from 16 yards to give the striker his sixth goal of the season.

Shortly afterwards Turner again saw a goal-ward shot blocked by Sanders.

On 37 minutes Francis was replaced for Lynn by Greg Lake after suffering what appeared to be a groin problem.

In stoppage time at the end of the half Mulryne found himself in the referee's book after becoming involved with Hay directly under the official's nose.

The second half began with a booking for the visiting number six Snape who upended Defty in a nasty looking tackle.

Two minutes later hesitancy in the home defence almost cost Lynn an equaliser as Howie fired an attempted clearance against the back of Fleming with the ball ricocheting away for a corner with Lynn's defence looking at sixes and sevens with each other.

The play then returned to the other end of the field with Turner and Bloomfield combining with the former shooting directly at Lewis when possibly he could have done better. Midway through the second half Bromsgrove introduced big substitute Clark as they sensed the possibility of an equaliser. Banner on the right then cut in for Bromsgrove getting a stinging shot away which Howie done well to parry away and clear the danger.

Confidence was now flowing through Bromsgrove with Alsop turning and firing a low shot goal-wards which again Howie dealt with. Fifteen minutes from time the Linnets worked themselves a great chance to finally kill off a spirited visiting challenge.

Bloomfield found a marauding Fisk whose shot from a tight angle was saved by Lewis by his legs and the chance has gone.

With time running out Lynn suffered a body blow as Camm was stretched from the pitch with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

With one minute remaining Clark should have done much better with a shot from close range following Birley's centre but the big front man fired high and wide as Lynn preserved their unbeaten home record in front of another healthy Walks crowd.

t King's Lynn: Howie, C Defty, Chapman, Warren, Fleming, Camm, Fisk, Mulryne, Turner, Bloomfield, Francis. Subs: Nolan, Crane, Spriggs, Lake, Murray.

t Bromsgrove: Lewis, Cottirill, Petty, Heeley, Sanders, Snape, Birley, Bridgewater, Allsop, Haye, Banner. Subs: Spittle, Clark, Lloyd, McHale. Referee: B C O'Sullivan

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