FOOTBALL: A lesson was dished out to King’s Lynn Town in their opening National League North fixture at Guiseley, writes Chris Milsom.
Despite matching the Yorkshire side for possession, the Linnets failed to open up the home defence and were caught out by a lack of concentration for two of the goals in a 3-0 defeat.
Lynn had the better of the early play and Chris Henderson should have put them in front after five minutes when he broke clear to go one-on-one with goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy. He chipped the ball over him towards goal but Scott Garner got back to clear.
The home side then found their feet and Alex Street was forced into a good save to deny Jamie Spencer. The opening goal arrived after 18 minutes when a pin-point cross from Gabriel Johnson was powered home by Aaron Martin.
Henderson nearly brought Lynn minutes later but his effort from the angle of the area went narrowly wide of the target.
Manager Ian Culverhouse introduced Jordan Richards at half-time for Rory McAuley and shuffled the system to more of a 4-4-2 like formation.
The home side doubled their lead in the 58th minute when a multi-pass Lynn move went nowhere and a sloppy final ball allowed full back Reiss McNally to go on a driving run down the right before picking out Jamie Spencer to fire home.
Ten minutes later the home side sealed the points when Spencer again found the target after Chris Smith failed to deal with a bouncing ball.
The Linnets boosted their squad on the eve of the new season with the signing of midfielder Alfie Payne from Norwich City on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old was a regular in the Canaries u23s.