FOOTBALL: It is four wins out of four for King’s Lynn Town as their pre-season campaign continues to blossom.
After a trio of away wins, at Stamford, Bury Town and Needham Market, the Linnets opened their home account with a 3-1 win over neighbours Dereham Town.
The Linnets continued their pre-season campaign in front of their home fans for the first time as they welcomed near neighbours Dereham Town.
Like most of their friendlies, Lynn were out the blocks quickly and found themselves 2-0 up after just eight minutes. Michael Gash and Adam Marriott both found the net from inside the 18 yard box.
Only 21 minutes had passed when Chris Henderson added the Linnets’ third; the midfielder finding the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
The second half was full of changes for both sides as manager Ian Culverhouse gave as much time as he could to his squad.
Lynn’s only second half chance fell to Toby Hilliard when he broke through the Dereham back line but he was denied by a good save from Elliot Pride.
Dereham found a late consolation from the penalty spot with Rhys Logan coolly converting to make it 3-1.
The Linnets had continued to sharpen their fitness with a comfortable 3-0 win at Central Premier League side Needham Market on Saturday.
A one-sided pre-season encounter saw the majority of the game played in the home half.
Culverhouse said it was all part of the build up to ensure his squad was ready for the rigours of life at step two of the non-League pyramid.
He told the club’s website – www.kltown.co.uk – “We are still at the stage where it’s about getting minutes into the lads and installing match sharpness that you can only do by playing games. It gives me the chance to have a look at things without the pressure of a league game and to look at players in a different way than maybe you do in the normal cut and thrust of things.”
Lynn took the lead after four minutes when Adam Marriott’s shot was not cleared and Sam Kelly took advantage of confusion in the home six-yard box to force the ball home.
Kelly turned provider 10 minutes later, setting up another scramble that eventually saw Ryan Fryatt head under the home goalkeeper, whose frantic efforts to keep the ball out only diverted it into his own net.
Former Linnet Craig Parker hit a post for Needham and a scramble eventually saw Lynn clear, but that was the hosts’ only forays into the away half.
The scoring was completed with 14 minutes to go when Aaron Jones’ 20-yard shot took a deflection to fly inside the left post.
Lynn complete their warm-up campaign with a trip to Braintree Town tomorrow and a home game against a Charlton Athletic XI on Tuesday before the season starts for real next Saturday at Guiseley.