King's Lynn 3, Solihull 0

Martin Davis FOR the visit of Solihull to the Walks for today's Blue Square North fixture, Linnets' manager Keith Webb made three changes to the starting line-up from the side well beaten by Kidderminster Harriers in last Saturday's FA Cup tie, plus two others on the subs' bench.

Martin Davis

FOR the visit of Solihull to the Walks for today's Blue Square North fixture, Linnets' manager Keith Webb made three changes to the starting line-up from the side well beaten by Kidderminster Harriers in last Saturday's FA Cup tie, plus two others on the subs' bench.

New loan signing from Crawley Town, Bradley Thomas, went straight into the side with the Linnets' other new loanee signing, Luke Graham, moving to right-back in place of Charlie Defty.

Scott Mitchell, who missed the cup tie, was fit to return in mid-field with Andrew Fisk being left out, as was Joe Francis.


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Along with Ross Kelly from last week's bench, all four travelled to Stanway with the reserve team.

Simon Weaver had recovered from injury and was fit to take a place on the bench.

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Solihull Moors kicked off on a dull but fine afternoon and with a stiff breeze in their favour.

The Moors forced an early corner taken by Anderson which produced a poor punch from Howie allowing Palmer to shoot for goal, but two defenders combined to block his effort.

When Edwards robbed Sedgemoor and found Faulds on the Moors' right flank the winger produced a poor cross when the Moors' forwards were well placed for a goal attempt.

The Moors captain Collins fouled Jack Defty, but the free kick was easily dealt with by the visitors' defence.

For Lynn, newcomer Thomas found Jack Defty who was able to turn and shoot, but his shot was blocked by Daly at the expense of a fruitless corner.

When the Moors broke on their right they forced a second corner, but the flag kick was easily dealt with by the Lynn defence.

Just minutes later Moors centre-forward Edwards missed a glorious chance. After robbing the Lynn defence and rounding the keeper he managed to hit the post when it seemed far easier to score.

Lynn then returned to the attack forcing a corner for themselves which was taken by Adam Smith and from which Jack Defty glanced a header just wide.

Bradley Thomas with a ball from defence to Defty who laid it off to Joachim whose shot was deflected for Lynn's fourth corner which again produced no end product.

A long ball from Smith set Joachim off on a run but the Moors keeper Crane was quick off his line to smother the danger.

From a Michael Frew shot the ball rebounded to Adam Smith who himself tried a shot but unfortunately for Lynn the ball was deflected into the hands of goalkeeper Crane. When Lynn's Greg Crane brought down Edwards the free kick taken by Daly saw his shot blocked by the wall.

Moors' attempted to break on their left with Edwards finding Anderson, but Crane was across to make a good block tackle and snuff out the danger.

A spell of Lynn pressure initiated by Mitchell saw Frew cross, but Crane was able to hold on to the dangerous ball under pressure from Joachim.

On the half hour play was held up for a lengthy injury to Thomas who despite treatment was unable to continue and was replaced by Weaver.

Two minutes later Lynn went ahead when from a long ball from Crane, Joachim showed good control before firing in an unstoppable 20-yard shot for the first goal of the afternoon.

Another four-man Lynn move involving Crane, Jack Defty and Mitchell with a cross from Frew saw goalkeeper Crane punching the ball clear. Lynn then went further ahead when following a foul on Jack Defty by Moors skipper Collins, the big number 9 picked himself up to easily beat Crane with a powerful spot kick.

Just before the interval Lynn skipper Greg Crane found his way into referee Mike George's notebook following a foul on the edge of the box.

The kick taken by Middleton brought a brilliant save from Howie as he tipped the dipping shot over the bar for a corner which was cleared, but as the ball was played back in to the box referee George blew for half time.

t Half-time: King's Lynn 2, Solihull Moors 0

Solihull made an immediate substitution with Streete replacing Collins. They then started the second half brightly with Faulds having a shot blocked, before in their next attack Palmer fired a fierce drive inches over the crossbar and then forced a corner from which Daly also headed over from which a corner was given. And when Middleton had another attempt at goal strenuous Solihull appealed for a penalty they were turned down by referee George when the ball hit a defender. For Lynn as they returned to the attack Jack Defty tried hard to get in a shot as he carried the ball across the box but his final effort under pressure lacked power.

This was after an Adam Smith shot had been blocked by Streete. For Lynn Greg Crane then cut out a long cross from Palmer, found Mitchell who in turn found Joachim who then put another 20-yard effort just past the near post.

Moors' returned to the attack and it was Howie's turn to make a good catch as the ball was fired in from the left wing. Just on the hour mark Solihull made a double substitution with Moore replacing Palmer and Ducross coming on for Anderson.

It almost had an immediate effect when Ducross received the ball from Moore but his goal-bound effort was blocked.

A further Moors attack was halted by Crane and Weaver as the visitors tried hard to get back into the game.

When Lynn broke from defence a long diagonal ball from Frew almost caught the keeper by surprise but the ball scraped the outside of the post and went to safety.

For Solihull Motteram found Travis after bypassing Crane Howie went down to make a good stop.

Jack Defty for Lynn tried a shot but was held up and laid the ball off to Frew who in turn fed Smith with the ball being hacked out for a corner taken by Smith but Crane in the visitors' goal came out to catch and clear.

At the other end it was Edwards crossing for Middleton to try a glancing header but again Howie was alert to clear the danger.

On 75 minutes Jack Defty was sent off receiving a straight red card following a foul on Daly. Play became fast and furious but with little end product at either end.

Next into referee George's notebook was substitute Streete who was cautioned for a foul on Frew.

Edwards had tried a ground shot for the Moors but Howie easily held the ball.

On 82 minutes Lynn increased their lead when Chapman found Frew who laid the ball off to Joachim who turned away from the defence and turned to fire in a low hard shot from 15 yards.

Frew then found his way into the notebook following another foul. That was after 85 minutes.

Final action of the match saw Edwards cross for English to get in a shot which was well blocked by Lynn's Simon Weaver to give a final scoreline of King's Lynn 3 Solihull Moors 0 and three very valuable points for the Linnets.

t Result: King's Lynn 3, Solihull 0

t Attendance 970

t King's Lynn: Howie, Graham, Chapman, Thomas, Crane (Capt), Sedgemore, Frew, Mitchell, Jack Defty, Joachim, Smith. Subs: Bloomfield, turner, Weaver, Camm, Murray.

t Solihull: Crane, Travis, Motteram, Collins (Capt), Daly, English, Faulds, Middleton, Edwards, Anderson, Palmer. Subs: Moore, Streete, Tuohy, Ducross, Rachel.

t Referee: Mr Mike George (North Walsham)

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