King's Lynn 11, Durham 0
Paddy Davitt Lynn boss Carl Heggs promised the best is yet to come after watching his Unibond Premier Division promotion hopefuls coast to a club post-war league record win.
Lynn boss Carl Heggs promised the best is yet to come after watching his Unibond Premier Division promotion hopefuls coast to a club post-war league record win.
Heggs' men took an improbable eight minutes to open their goal account before the dam burst. Seven by half time. Nine within four minutes of the restart.
The only contest in this mismatch was which Lynn striker would win their personal hat-trick duel. Top scorer Anthony Robinson edged out Kwesi Appiah by a matter of seconds. New Evesham recruit Justin Rowe notched a brace on his debut. Owen Story, Carl Palmer and Ben Muirhead weighed in from midfield.
Heggs' troops departed to a prolonged standing ovation. The 900-strong crowd had witnessed history in the making.
“We've come a long way and this might not be the season when we smash the league to bits,” said Heggs. “It might be next year but I can promise it is only a matter of time before they do click. We've got a young, enthusiastic squad and I've probably got to add one or two but right now this group is as good as you can get for the money we have to spend.
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“I don't want them to take their foot off the pedal. It's almost like I've created a bit of a machine. We're as fit as anything, we play nice football and they have a wonderful attitude. I told them they'd be judged on how they approach this game because we could have gone out and not done the right things or tried to do things off the cuff but they followed what I asked to the letter of the law.”
Lynn were utterly ruthless as Durham's youthful outfit crashed to their heaviest defeat of a season which plumbed new depths at The Walks.
“To score seven in the first half was a wonderful achievement but I asked them at half time to do the same again and they did,” said Heggs. “We stuck to a gameplan and to be fair it could have been even more. We knew we'd be on a hiding to nothing because in these type of games you're damned if you do or damned if you don't.
“If we'd only won 2-0 it would have been looked on as a bad result. To win by 11 as we did I'm sure maybe some will turn around and say that was expected. I spoke to the players all week and impressed on them the need to do nothing different to any other week and we got our rewards. Who knows. Come the end of the season those goals and the goal difference could just be significant.”
Heggs reserved special praise for troubled striker Robinson after a pre-match build up dominated by the fall out from his third red card of the season.
“I'm delighted for him and we're going to miss Robbo for the next few weeks,” said Heggs. “One thing you can't deny is that he loves this place. He is a good player and he is desperate to succeed so why would I want to get rid of someone like that? Of course he is in the last chance saloon but I can see the potential of the lad.”
Rowe's eye-catching second half cameo suggested Heggs had unearthed some fresh firepower to cushion the blow of Robinson's pending five game FA ban.
“Justin would probably admit he has under achieved,” said Heggs. “He's still only 24, big, powerful and he's got all the tools you need. I said to him when I signed the lad, 'listen, you are not coming to work under a manager who will let you strut about. You have to be prepared to work as hard as everybody else.'
“I don't just want him to come alive when the ball is at his feet - I won't let him get away with that. I demand high standards and he has scored two wonderful goals. In the weeks that go by he'll either step up to the plate or fall by the wayside but I want him to be the player he can be because this is the fourth attempt I've made to sign him down the years.”
t King's Lynn: Gay, Webb, Rowe-Turner, Palmer, Boyce, Aisien, Story (Smith 56), Magunda, Appiah (Spencer 56), Robinson, Muirhead (Rowe 50). Subs (not used): McAnally, Murray.
t Goals: Story (8), Appiah (10, 31, 49), Palmer (12), Muirhead (19), Robinson (23, 41, 48), Rowe (69, 76)
t Durham: O'Brien, Mounter, Wren, Stevenson, Stoker, Ayers, Watson (Potts 50), Graham, Ayer (James 67), Cutts, Shaw. Sub (not used): Winter.
t Referee: M Chester
t Attendance: 909