Yate Town 1, King's Lynn 2
King's Lynn's first-ever league victory at Yate Town's Lodge Road ground ensured their fine start to the season continued on Saturday.
Yate Town 1, King's Lynn 2: King's Lynn's first-ever league victory at Yate Town's Lodge Road ground ensured their fine start to the season continued on Saturday.
A classic John Turner finish and a poacher-like effort from Danny Bloomfield sandwiched Jason Wood's equaliser meaning that Lynn travel to Rugby Town today in confident mood as their early-season road tour of England continues.
Turner's second strike of the week drew praise from his boss Keith Webb, who was also quick to point out the
ex-Grays man's team contribution.
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“John has been superb today,” confirmed Webb. “His goal was one from the top drawer and his contribution all over the pitch has been first class.
“His chasing and closing down of players will sometimes go unnoticed but it is greatly appreciated by his team-mates and myself.”
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Webb made just one change to his starting line-up that secured victory at Corby Town in midweek as predictably the returning Adam Smith took Greg Lake's full-back position with the latter reverting to the bench.
Smith tested Martin Horsell from close range following Matt Nolan's short pass.
Yate responded with a series of corners from the impressive Wood which finally resulted in Adam Sim's bullet header being cleared from his line by an alert Michael Frew.
The Linnets' winger then returned to his more familiar attacking position with Sim this time doing the blocking and minutes later Frew let fly again from distance, forcing Horsell into a fingertip save.
Smith's back pass to Scott Howie was harshly adjudged by referee by Mr
P Martin to have been handled by the big Scot but Dave Elsey's delicate chip drifted wide from four yards with Lynn's massed ranks linked across the goal line.
Nolan and Frew combined for Steve Melton to fire goalwards but this time home captain Lee Jeffries threw his body to block the chance.
With the visiting defence again marshalled superbly by Mark Warren and Charlie Defty who mopped up Yates' constant high-ball tactics, the home side's best goal chances were coming from set plays and from another of these Wood produced a
free-kick to Jeffries, who shaved a Lynn post with a header to prove
Frew exchanged passes with Turner who released Joe Francis who fired over and Yates' Danny Maye had Howie scrambling from 20 yards but it was the visitors who took the lead on 55 minutes.
Francis' ground pass located Turner, who effortlessly shimmied past two defenders and sat keeper Horsell on his backside before rolling the ball into an unguarded net from six yards.
Turner again took on the home defence single-handedly before rolling the ball agonisingly wide of Horsell's right post. Bloomfield was introduced for Nolan on the hour with Webb's side searching for a killer second goal.
It was, however, Yate who drew level with 25 minutes remaining as a Mike Wyatt cross from the right was guided home by Woods' head.
Melton headed wide from a Dean West centre but it was this combination that joined forces for the Linnets' winner.
This time Melton made good connection with West's centre with a header that hit Horsell's bar.
With the keeper stranded, the ball
fell kindly for Bloomfield who
gleefully knocked the loose ball
home from under the bar with Sim lurking close by.
The Linnets today are in action at Butlin Road, Rugby, in another Southern Premier League fixture.
Apart from a few knocks which will be assessed this morning and the continued absence of defensive duo Greg Crane and Ben Chapman, Webb will again be able from the same personnel who were on duty on Saturday. However, the 'three games in five days' scenario is one Webb is far from happy with - claiming the situation is “ludicrous.”
He said: “You don't get horses to do that and if this were the Premiership there would be universal uproar.
“Lee (Glover) is working hard to keep the boys bubbly and bright and the people of King's Lynn should be very proud of what their team are doing for them at the moment.”
Lynn also this afternoon will face old team-mate David Staff in the opposition's line-up.
Yate: Horsell, Wyatt, Elsey, Brice, Jeffries, Sim, Blakemore (Prosser 17), William, Rawlins, Wood, Maye (Eyre 60). Subs (unused): Bridson, Nelson.
King's Lynn: Howie, West, Smith, Warren, Defty, Camm, Frew (Lake 83), Melton, Turner, Nolan (Bloomfield 60), Francis (Fisk 77). Unused subs: Spriggs.
Referee: P J Martin. Attendance: 220.