King's Lynn 1, Fleetwood 0
Paddy Davitt Unbeaten Lynn broke their Blue Square North draw hoodoo against Fleetwood today at The Walks. Michael Frew’s first goal of the season clinched the club’s first ever Conference win after seven consecutive league draws. Keith Webb’s men spurned a string of first half chances to increase their lead after Frew slammed the hosts in front.
Unbeaten Lynn broke their Blue Square North draw hoodoo against Fleetwood today at The Walks.
Michael Frew's first goal of the season clinched the club's first ever Conference win after seven consecutive league draws.
Keith Webb's men spurned a string of first half chances to increase their lead after Frew slammed the hosts in front.
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Fleetwood dangerman Mark Peers cracked Scott Howie's crossbar with a fizzing strike on 42 minutes but the Northern Premier champions rarely threatened in the second period.
Webb restored Julian Joachim to his starting line in place of Mark Camm and the former Premiership star turned in a lively cameo alongside skipper for the day Jack Defty.
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Charlie Defty slotted in at right back with Simon Weaver switched to central defence in the absence of Greg Crane - Lynn's skipper starting the first of a three match ban.
Rushden & Diamonds' recruit Scott Mitchell mad his home debut in central midfield with Adam Smith retaining his place from the midweek goal less draw at Stafford.
Danny Bloomfield settled for a place on the bench alongside outfield players Camm, Ben Sedgemore and John Turner.
Skipper Defty mugged Phillip Doughty but Farrell Kilbane cleared with Joachim lurking in behind.
Mark Peters' header was ruled out on four minutes after Fleetwood keeper Hurst failed to grasp Joe Francis' corner - Town's stopper earning a fortuitous reprieve after failing to deal with a near post crowd scene.
Francis drove at the heart of the visiting defence but cracked well over. Teak tough left back Ben Chapman stayed down after a perfectly timed tackle on Peers.
Chapman returned after treatment but was withdrawn shortly after for Camm - Smith re-deployed to fill the void left by Chapman's early departure.
John Hills sensed the danger to head clear at his back stick with Jack Defty poised to pounce on Joachim's first time flick.
Frew lashed home on 18 minutes - rifling a dropping volley into the roof of Hurst's net from close range after Weaver and Mark Peters climbed above Town's defence.
Howie dived on Jamie Milligan's teasing cross after Fleetwood's skipper latched onto Chris Thompson's reverse pass.
Hurst acrobatically clawed away Jack Defty's goalbound half volley after Lynn's top scorer fended off Doughty to control Smith's raking crossfield ball.
Joachim skipped inside Kilbane but Mitchell dragged his cutback at Hurst from just inside the area.
Francis powered down the left on 30 minutes but Joachim's attempted prod dropped wide of Hurst's right hand post.
Adam Warlow's sharp header flew behind after Peers bought a yard of space against Smith to fashion Fleetwood's best opening of the half.
Hurst grasped Joachim's miscued strike on 35 minutes after the ex-Coventry striker raced through the deserted Fleetwood half to gather Jack Defty's through ball.
Peers cracked Howie's crossbar on 42 minutes before the home keeper threw himself at Warlow's follow up.
Frew spurned a glorious chance for his second a minute later after Joachim sprung a rapid counter - Hurst gratefully clutching Frew's woeful attempted chip.
Joachim's angled strike on the turn dribbled wide with Lynn's frontline racing into open spaces at will.
t Half-time: King's Lynn 1, Fleetwood 0
Mitchell's deflected shot flew behind on the restart before Jack Defty clipped the grounded Hurst inside the six yard box then Joachim blazed over at the second attempt as Lynn re-emerged on the front foot.
Francis' first time smack arrowed inches over after Joachim teed up Mitchell on the edge of the Fleetwood box.
Joachim then feed Francis but Jack Defty's off balance header sailed over. Kieran Howie watched Walmsley's long range piledriver fly behind with Fleetwood probing for a foothold.
Joachim exited the stage to warm applause for Bloomfield just past the hour mark as Webb shuffled his striking options.
The Linnets' predator turned provider with a slaloming run but Hurst pounced with Jack Defty an isolated figure in the Fleetwood area.
Weaver kicked clear inside his own six yard box with Andrew Bell lurking after Warlow out muscled Peters at the back stick.
First half substitute Camm was himself replaced by Ben Sedgemore after failing to shake off a heavy fall inside his own penalty box moments earlier.
Bloomfield was inches from swivelling onto Jack Defty's knockdown as Lynn pushed to avoid a tense finale.
Walmsley's flick diverted Frew's hanging cross with Francis sizing up a close range header on 84 minutes.
Bloomfield fired at Doughty with the overlapping Frew appealing for a slide rule pass.
Hurst parried away Jack Defty's 25 yarder with Lynn's home support urging Webb's side to attack.
t Result: King's Lynn 1, Fleetwood 0
t King's Lynn: Howie, C Defty, Chapman (Camm 15, Sedgemore 72), Weaver, Peters, Mitchell, Frew, Smith, J Defty, Joachim (Bloomfield 62), Francis. Subs (not used): Turner, Murray.
Goal: Frew (18)
t Fleetwood: Hurst, Walmsley, Hills, Doughty, Kilbane, Pond (Bell 51), Peers (Potts 63), Milligan, Warlow (Denney 79), Beattie, Thompson. Subs (not used): Bayliss, Dunn.
Bookings: Hills, Walmsley
Added on time: 1 min / 2 mins
t Referee: M Bampton (Suffolk)
t Attendance: 1,143