FOOTBALL: New manager Ian Culverhouse had much to cheer on his home debut as King’s Lynn Town saw off Stratford Town 2-0.

It was a far cry from the previous week’s humiliating defeat at Hitchin with a solid performance impressing The Walks crowd.

Culverhouse gave Reserves defender Chris Ward his chance in the heart of the Lynn defence in place of Sam Gaughran, who missed out with a hand injury, and loan signing Kegan Everington replaced the departed Lee Smith in the centre of midfield.

Fans had barely taken their seats when the hosts took the lead. Some good work on the right from Jacek Zielonka and Kurtis Revan ended with Shaun McWilliams finding the net with a tame effort.

Zielonka nearly doubled Lynn’s advantage but headed straight at Niall Cooper.

Revan then had most of The Walks faithful cheering and on their feet when his cross-cum-shot seemed to catch Cooper out. The ball went over his head and the net rippled but fortunately for the goalkeeper went behind for a goal kick.

Zielonka had another chance to increase the home lead when he cut in from the right and fired an effort just past a post.

Lynn doubled their lead after 68 minutes. Michael Clunan’s corner was met by Tom Ward who powered home a header.

Zielonka again went close when he latched on to a long pass and tried to delicately chip Cooper but in vain.

Goalkeeper Alex Street committed himself to the club on Tuesday when he signed a two-year contract with the Linnets.

Club owner Stephen Cleeve said: “On his day he is one of the best keepers in the league.”