By Chris Milsom
FOOTBALL: The new-season build-up continues for King’s Lynn Town and they have already got some silverware under their belts.
The Linnets proved victorious in the first King’s Lynn Town Challenge Cup last weekend in a quick-fire series of matches.
Friday’s tournament opener went to a penalty shoot-out decider after Polish champions Legia Warsaw’s u23 team drew with their Rangers counterparts 2-2. It was the Scots who prevailed in the tie-break, going through 3-2.
Lynn booked their place in the final thanks to a fine 4-1 victory over a junior Norwich City side on Saturday.
Michael Gash, Eoin McQuaid, Nathan Stewart and Harry Limb were on target for Simon Clark’s team. Spencer Keller had cancelled out Gash’s opener after benefitting from a defensive mix-up.
The Linnets then defeated Rangers 1-0 in the showpiece final thanks to a first-half strike from Ryan Fryatt.
It came after 10 minutes when he smashed a half-volley into the roof of the net after Michael Clunan’s corner had been headed into the danger zone by Gash.
Legia Warsaw finished third after beating the Canaries youngsters 3-0 in their play-off.
Manager Clark is pleased with his team’s showing so far but acknowledges it is still very much a work in progress.
“We’re so far from perfect but that’s what we are aiming for,” he told www.kltown.co.uk
“There’s still so much to work on in the next few weeks before the start of the season but the players give everything for you and that’s all I can ask.
“I said to the players that we want to push, develop and make them better but they have to listen, take on board what we say and put it into practice.”
The pre-season programme continues tomorrow with the Linnets facing a tough trip to Northern Premier League outfit Basford United.
Basford have plenty of strength in depth with former Football League players Liam Hearn and Jake Sheridan two of the players to keep an eye on for the Linnets.