Sonny Carey was on target.

FOOTBALL: Another spirited performance was not enough to save King’s Lynn Town from extending their winless National League run to nine matches, writes Lewis Hawkins.

Play-off chasing Chesterfield ran out 4-1 winners on Tuesday, with Lynn’s opponents again hitting a swift double to kill off hopes of Blue & Gold points.

Ryan Jarvis returned from furlough to feature in the starting XI but Elkan Baggott was missing, due to his involvement in Ipswich Town’s FA Youth Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Wednesday. 

Tuesday’s breakthrough came just before the half-hour when a corner found Adi Yussuf unmarked at the back post and he headed the hosts into the lead. 

Two minutes later Sonny Carey made an excellent solo run through the Chesterfield half before putting the ball under goalkeeper James Montgomery to level the scores. 

Within another two minutes, George Carline hit what looked like a cross into the box but it went through half a dozen players and found its way into the bottom corner of the net. 

Two minutes into the second half Josef Yarney powerfully added Chesterfield’s third goal from the corner and, as so many times this season, quickly after, another followed with Danny Rowe scoring a thunderous fourth. His free-kick from 30-yards went through the wall and into the bottom left corner. 

A stormy end saw the game played out in torrential rain, with flashes of lightning and deafening roars of thunder.

Saturday’s game against Solihull Moors was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at The Walks. It has been rearranged for Tuesday, May 25, when a limited number of supporters will be allowed to return.

Before then, the Linnets face lengthy trips to Yeovil Town tomorrow and Wrexham the following Saturday.