Alexa Hunter watches as Jodie Hopkins breaks through the Wymondham midfield. Picture: Richard S Brown.

FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town Ladies slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Wymondham Town in a top-of-the-table clash in the Premier Division of the Eastern Region Women’s Football League.

The Linnets started well at Ketts Park and contained Wymondham, with good possession and distribution but they failed to make an impression in the final third.

Shots on target came from Jodie Hopkins, Ella Gavaghan and Amy Magnus. Wymondham were only occasionally able to counter as the Linnets anticipated well and closed down much of their distribution from the defence and midfield.

Wymondham broke the deadlock late in the first half when a cross into the box caused confusion between goalkeeper Ellie Prentice and her defence.

Another swift counter attack caused problems in the 38th minute, when the defence were totally flat footed and a thunderous shot sailed into the net from the edge of the area.

Linnets promptly rallied and a pinpoint pass from captain Tiffany Forshaw, threaded the ball to Ella Gavaghan whose jinking run through the defence, gave her space to thunder the ball into the net.

The hosts were in the ascendancy during the second half, with their depth of squad proving key. The fast counter play that had been largely contained by the Linnets in the first half caused persistent problems, with two goals being added to the score line.

Linnets manager Alex Cook said: “We showed great character against the league leaders but squad depth and fitness were the deciding factor.”

Amy Magnus earned the player of the match award.