FOOTBALL: A pair of home wins catapulted King’s Lynn Town back into the top two of the Southern League.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over table-topping Tiverton Town was followed by a 3-0 victory against Biggleswade Town as the Linnets bounced back from consecutive away defeats.

Tiverton were put to the sword with a fine opening 45 minutes from the boys in blue and gold, while on Tuesday it needed a step up in class after the break to earn the points.

Leon Mettam hit a Tiverton post in the opening stages of Saturday’s game but soon turned provider when he nodded the ball down into the path for Michael Gash to shoot. That was deflected but only as far as Craig Parker at the back post to head in.

Jamie Price headed against the home for Tiverton’s best chance and that miss proved costly as a superb piece of play from Parker saw him draw in two defenders before threading the ball through for Ryan Hawkins to make it 2-0 ahead of a largely forgettable second half.

Biggleswade came to The Walks to frustrate and anger but a dominant second half showing saw the Linnets come out on top.

Liam Gooch did everything in the visitors’ goal to keep the home side at bay in the first half but Parker stabbed home in a goalmouth scramble to break the deadlock on the hour mark.

Six minutes later, Hawkins smashed home a free-kick from 25 yards and the points were sealed in stoppage time when a lovely passing move ended with Ryan Jarvis slotting home.

Hawkins was delighted to pick up the man of the match award after struggling for form since last season’s injury and said: “My injury has held me back a little and I was lacking a little bit of confidence.

“I probably wasn’t the fittest at the start of the year but I’m finding my feet now.

“It was good to get another three points. The boys were excellent all over the pitch, from start to finish.

“It just shows when we press hard and get the back four up, we can eventually break teams down and score goals.”

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