King's Lynn 4, Yate Town 0

King's Lynn ran riot at the Walks this afternoon as Keith Webb's side followed up their midweek cup win with an excellent performance.

King's Lynn ran riot at the Walks this afternoon as Keith Webb's side followed up their midweek cup win with an excellent performance.

Conditions were good at the Walks as any overnight frost scares receded under the winter sunshine.

The team news was that King's Lynn were without the suspended Grant Cooper who was serving a one match ban after accumulating five cautions. He was replaced by Greg Crane who came into the side after his impressive displays against Chippenham and Corby.

Of the team defeated at Bath last Saturday manager, Webb made several positional changes which resulted in Andrew Fisk being given a start with Fraser Toms reverting to the bench.

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Alex Notman had recovered from his hamstring injury but was not risked in the starting line-up. However, Matt O'Halloran was fit to start while Jack Defty and Norwich loanee Andrew Cave-Brown were the others to sit out the start.

Lynn won the toss and elected to attack the Tennyson Road end as the game kicked off in bright winter sunshine.

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Yate caused an early problem with a short back pass from Warren which saw Marshall having to make a hurried clearance.

It was the visitors who made the early running until Michael Frew gathered the ball making a run across the box but his final shot was easily gathered by goalkeeper Court.

On eight minutes the Linnets' Matt O'Halloran set off on a mazy run before passing to Nolan whose shot was again easily gathered. Yate looked dangerous from right-wing crosses from one of which Warren was forced to concede a corner which was cleared.

Yate were looking to attack from their right flank at every opportunity with Anyinsah supplying a number of dangerous crosses one of which Marshall dropped luckily with no visiting forward on hand.

Lynn went ahead on 12 minutes when from a free-kick awarded for a foul on Nolan the ball broke to ANDREW FISK who netted with a fierce shot from 20 yards somewhat against the run of early play.

Bridson brought down Frew when he was put through by Melton the ball running for a corner from which Crane headed wide. At the other end, from yet another right- wing cross, Blakemore for Yate was quickest to react but his shot on the turn went wide.

At this stage Lynn were having difficulty getting their normal passing game together with the ball far too much in the air which suited the big Yate defenders.

However, Lynn began to improve and went further ahead with a close-range goal after 26 minutes when STEVE MILTON turned in a Michael Frew cross at the near post.

On the half-hour Matt O'Halloran had to leave the pitch with a recurrence of his hamstring injury to be replaced with Fraser Toms. Lynn continued to press and from a Michael Frew knockdown Matthew Nolan let fly from 35 yards but his shot went narrowly wide.

Yates' captain Dave Elsey was cautioned for a foul on Andrew Fisk from a throw in taken by Toms. Nolan received the ball whose knockdown gave Fisk another shooting chance but this time the Norwich loanee fired just over.

As the half drew to a close a long clearance from Marshall found Nolan who passed to Toms who then made a good run on the left but his low cross found no Lynn forward able to supply a final touch.

Lynn made a change at the interval with Andrew Cave-Brown replacing Steve Melton. They started the second half forcing a series of corner from one of which taken by Fraser Toms Matthew NOLAN got a well deserved third goal with a glancing header at the near post.

Another Toms corner saw goal keeper Court having to punch clear for Fisk to fire back a low shot which was turned away for yet another corner. This time Warren glanced a header just wide. A Warren clearance went to Cave-Brown who skilfully beat a defender before setting up Nolan for another fierce shot which Court had to go full length to save.

Lynn were now rampant and Frew burst through only to drag his effort fractionally wide with Court beaten. Lynn had learnt their lesson and were playing the ball along the ground and as a result were looking far more dangerous.

Another four man move resulted in Cave-Brown having a great chance but the Lynn man couldn't dig the ball out to apply a final touch.

After Frew had been cautioned a piece of Nolan magic gave the forward a chance to redeem himself but, from point blank range, he amazingly shot wide.

Lynn made their third substitution bringing Jack Defty for Nolan on 75 minutes. Strong appeals for a penalty were ruled out by referee Beevor as Toms went down as Court came out to gather the ball. Little had been seen of Yate as an attacking force in the second half.

Lynn scored their fourth goal two minutes later when some fine play by Jack Defty set up Cave-Brown who took his time to score with some ease from close range.

After Fisk, who was named man of the match, had bravely won a challenge the ball broke to Jack Defty whose delicate chip only just cleared the bar. A rare spell of Yate pressure late in the game saw the visitors force three corners, which were eventually cleared with no danger to the Lynn goal.

The final action saw goalkeeper Marshall find Cave-Brown with a long punt. The Norwich man's deep cross was turned back across goal by Frew to Jack Defty whose flick went just wide of the near post.

Lynn were well worth their 4-0 win as they returned to form with a bang.

t King's Lynn: Marshall, West, Blois, Warren, Crane, Fisk, O'Halloran, Camm, Nolan, Frew, Melton. Subs: Jack Defty, Toms, Notman, Cave-Brown, McAnally.

t Yate Town: Court, Wyatt, Elsey, Bridson, Brice, Tims, Blakemore, Williams, Harvard, Pritchard, Anyansah. Subs: Clarke, Lucas, Smith, Barlass, Thompson.

t Referee: Richard Beevor.

t Attendance: 703

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