FOOTBALL: Manager Ian Culverhouse was left gushing with praise as King’s Lynn Town romped to a 4-1 win over Central Premier League promotion rivals Coalville Town at The Walks on Saturday.
The Linnets had struggled against their nearest rivals this season with just four points to their name from seven matches against the current top six.
But Lynn chose the perfect time to turn in their best home performance of the season to put Coalville to the sword.
“To a man we stood up and competed and we were well worth the three points today,” enthused Culverhouse. “We were superb from start to finish.”
Lynn had the perfect chance to put their visitors on the back foot after only seven minutes when Ryan Jarvis’ shot was handled by a defender. But captain Michael Clunan’s missed the spot kick.
Adam Marriott was provider for the opening goal when his superb pass through the legs of a defender released Chris Henderson and he ran through to blast the ball home after 27 minutes.
Coalville equalised against the run of play when Andrew Wright latched on to a poor defensive header to fire past Alex Street.
Minutes before half time Lynn got their noses back in front when great work from Frazer Blake-Tracy on the left saw him cross to the back post for Michael Gash to power in a header.
It was one-way traffic in the second half as Lynn dominated.
Henderson doubled his tally seconds after the break when excellent link-up play between Gash and Marriott ended with Henderson firing a thunderous effort into the net to make it 3-1.
Marriott was rewarded with the fourth goal from the penalty spot after substitute Ryan Hawkins was brought down in stoppage time.
Culverhouse praised Henderson for his positioning and said: “Hendo in the pocket makes some great runs and with the big man (Gash) up front playing as he did, I was pleased he got a goal. It was a cracking ball from Frazer.
“It was important to get the third goal quickly and I just saw the belief drop out of Coalville when it went in.”