FOOTBALL: The post-Gary Setchell era at King’s Lynn Town could not have started in worse fashion for new manager Ian Culverhouse.

The Linnets conceded four first-half goals on their way to a 5-0 defeat at Hitchin Town.

Lynn had been rocked by the departures of Dan Quigley and player/assistant manager Lee Stevenson following the departure of Setchell before the game at Top Field.

Saturday’s match was only two minutes old when the visitors fell behind as Callum Donnelly sent a dipping volley over Alex Street into the corner of the net.

Ten minutes later, Robbie Burns just managed to get a toe to a ball across the box and diverted it over Street and into the net.

Two became three after 24 minutes when the impressive Matt Lench curled a delightful effort past the despairing Street into the bottom corner of the net.

Lynn had their only chance of the match in the 40th minute but Toby Hilliard was unable to capitalise on a spill from home goalkeeper Michael Johnson.

Hitchin completed their first half rout when Liam Kirkpatrick slotted past Street after he had denied Burns with a good save.

Like the first half, the Linnets conceded in the second minute after returning to the field. This time, Kane Smith’s superb driving run and cross was met by the on-rushing Burns.

After that Lynn closed things down with the hosts easing off.