FOOTBALL: A late-first-half penalty put King’s Lynn Town on their way to ending a winless six-match Southern League run.

Leon Mettam’s conversion settled nerves as the Linnets had been making hard work of breaking down the Premier Division’s bottom team but went on to win 3-0.

A scrappy opening 45 minutes saw Lynn create two good chances inside the opening 10 minutes.

Toby Hilliard placed a free-kick narrowly past the angle of post and cross bar and then Mettam struck the base of a post, also from a free-kick.

Hilliard fired over from inside the box when well placed  and should have found the target.

With the first half looking like it would end goalless, Lynn were awarded a penalty. Miles John was the offending Cinderford player, penalised for hauling down Jacek Zielonka.

With regular penalty taker Michael Clunan suspended, skipper Mettam took over and coolly slotted home the spot kick.

Sam Gaughran had a good chance to double Lynn’s advantage when he was inches away from getting on the end of Lee Smith’s free-kick.

Lynn had to wait for until the final 10 minutes before the second goal arrived when substitute Dylan Edge slotted into an empty net after Hilliard had latched on to an under hit back-pass to the goalkeeper and squared the ball across goal.

There was time for another Lynn goal. Another Linnets youngster Kieran Shipp, making his senior debut, got himself on the scoresheet when he fired home from inside the box from a Zielonka corner to wrap up a long-awaited league victory.