Webb salutes his 5-0 winners

Paddy Davitt Lynn served up a five-star show to take an iron grip on the Southern League, Premier Division title race.

Paddy Davitt

Lynn served up a five-star show to take an iron grip on the Southern League, Premier Division title race.

Keith Webb's men dismantled sorry Yate while main championship rivals Team Bath slipped to their fourth league defeat in five at Hitchin.

Second placed Halesowen head a posse of chasing clubs two points adrift of Lynn but Webb's side now have games and goal difference in hand on the challengers.

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Jack Defty, Joe Francis and the recalled Matt Nolan struck before half time before skipper Greg Crane and Francis' late penalty applied the gloss to a polished home display.

Webb saluted his side after last weekend's goalless Hitchin hiccup.

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“It was the response I was looking for and to be fair they delivered,” he said.

“The dressing room was quiet beforehand and that can go one of two ways. Either they come out casual or they are really up for it. We set about the task well and didn't give Yate a sniff. It took them until the 84th minute to have a chance.

“We played well first half but we stressed to them at half time not to sit back - otherwise there'd be a few rollickings dished out at the end. I didn't want us to slack off or take the mick. I wanted us to win the second half and we did.”

Webb's masterstroke to recall Nolan paid off after his public criticism of the maligned striker following the club's errea Southern League Cup semi final exit.

“It was guts or glory,” said Webb.

“I'm sure it raised more than a few eyebrows but I just thought after the midweek game, 'okay, here's your chance so show me what you can do'.

“Credit to the fella, he responded in the right way by scoring a goal, linking play well and causing problems. You can't ask anymore.

“But the ball's in his court because it's not enough to do it for one game. I shall be continually on his case for him to keep working like that. When he does the business he is one of the best strikers in the league - no question.”

Webb preached caution ahead of a testing away trip to Bromsgrove next up.

“This result is great but it's gone now,” he said. “We just have to concentrate on ourselves, keep calm, and keep it rolling.”

Defty out muscled Mike Taylor to power Francis' corner home for the perfect start.

After Yate skipper Lee Jefferies crowded out Nolan from Rikki Bains' cut back, Francis' fizzing 25-yard free kick sailed past helpless Yate stopper Tony Court to double Lynn's lead.

Crane flicked a back post header wide under pressure from Edd Vahid.

Nolan latched onto Gavin Hoyte's huge punt to calmly draw Court to slot into an empty net all inside the opening quarter.

Court's point blank reaction stop denied Nolan again after Francis' free kick had caused havoc inside the Town penalty box.

Ben Sedgemore side footed wide at the near post on 35 minutes after Francis had controlled Defty's half volley to whip in an excellent cross.

Turner's cross flashed across the six yard box after intelligent link up with Nolan in the final act of the half.

Crane's mis-hit on the restart bobbled through a ruck of players and over the grounded Court for Lynn's fourth.

Turner's lob clipped the over worked Court's crossbar seconds later.

Michael Frew replaced Turner for the final stages and teed up the overlapping Nolan whose intended centre hammered Adam Syms' outstretched arm inside the Yate penalty box.

Francis stepped up to rifle the penalty low into Court's bottom left hand corner - his fifth penalty of the season.

Danny Bloomfield's driven cut back flew at Francis but the young flyer shinned wide from six yards out.

Syms blazed over from point blank range on 87 minutes as Yate probed for a late consolation.

King's Lynn: Howie, Bains, Chapman, Hoyte, Crane, Camm, Turner (Frew 71), Sedgemore (Fisk 78), Defty (Bloomfield 76), Nolan, Francis. Subs (not used): Murray, West. Booking: Nolan

Referee: N Field (Northants) Att: 977.

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