New signing John Sands marked his home debut with a goal as King’s Lynn Town kept their flickering Southern League play-off hopes alive at The Walks on Tuesday.

Consecutive defeats had hit the Linnets but they bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Hitchin Town.

A high tempo first half saw both sides create good chances with Alasan Ann having the best for the visitors when he screwed wide of the target and Sam Mulready hitting the woodwork for Lynn.

A positive start in the second half from Hitchin saw Callum Donnelly and Ben Walster go close before Linnets club captain Sam Gaughran was guilty of missing the best chance of the match.

He could only head wide from Michael Clunan’s inswinging free-kick with the goal at his mercy.

The only goal of the game arrived after 70 minutes. A slick passing move involving Lee Stevenson and Clunan ended with the latter playing the ball into the feet of loan striker Sands and his quick turn and shot found the bottom corner of the net.

Hitchin pressed for an equaliser and only a superb point-blank save from Alex Street denied them when John Frendo beat the offside trap.

Lynn lost Matty Castellan and Lee Smith to first half injuries, which will give manager Gary Setchell a selection headache going into a busy bank holiday.

Lynn were beaten 1-0 at Frome Town on Saturday with the only goal coming after 56 minutes.

The Somerset side extended their winning run to four games when a quick throw-in released Jon Davies into some space in the area. He was dispossessed by Kern Miller only for the Linnets centre back to gift the ball to Darren Jefferies, who hammered home from 12 yards.

David Bridges had the visitors’ best chance but was unable to get full contact on the ball and a good block from Steve Hulbert prevented Sands a debut goal.