ROLLER HOCKEY: King’s Lynn RHC cemented a third England National League title in as many seasons as they defeated a stubborn Middlesbrough outfit 3-0 at Lynnsport on Saturday.
Knowing that just one point would see them triumph with two games to spare, Lynn flew out of the blocks, attacking Boro with a high press and some fast off the ball movement.
The game soon slowed, however, as the Teessiders found a way into the match, moving the ball with pace and maintaining an even share of possession.
Lynn had the better chances in the first half and midway through, Boro’s defence finally relented. Michael Carter, who has found his best form this season, received a pass from the flank before pushing into the area and driving a firm flick into the top corner of the net.
Boro retaliated strongly, controlling the tempo as Lynn demonstrated why they hold the best defensive record in the league.
But it was the hosts who scored next, doubling their advantage when Jamie Griffin launched a slapshot from the halfway line that deflected off Matt Baker’s stick and flew past the wrong-footed goalkeeper.
Boro hit a post after the interval as they fought to keep the title race alive and then Captain Vancouver Man of the Match Tom Allander was called into action to save a penalty.
But midway through the second half Lynn settled their nerves with a third goal when Baker’s clinical effort found the back of the net.
As the final whistle approached, the home support became thunderous; the sounds of drums and horns reverberated around the rink, creating an imposing atmosphere.
As the whistle blew, celebrations ensued on and off the rink.
Lynn have two league games remaining, at Soham and home to Herne Bay United, and coach Michael Baker is keen to maintain their impressive defensive record and look to add the National Cup to make it a convincing double.