King’s Lynn TownSpennymoor
3 - 0Full Time
Spennymoor became the latest victims of King’s Lynn’s superb recent run of form as The Linnets capitalised on an early red card for Stephen Brogan.
Moors played with ten men for over 75 minutes and held out until the final minute of the first half when Ross Barrows bundled in from close range.
Adam Marriott continued his fine personal season with two goals in the second half to compound a day to forget for Moors.
King’s Lynn, buoyed by a superb recent run of form and a 3-0 win at Boston United at New Year’s Day, began brightly and almost profited from a Matt Gould error after three minutes, but Jordan Richards opted to play in Michael Gash rather than shoot from distance, leading to the move breaking down.
A tough task against the league leaders got even harder after just fifteen minutes when Moors were reduced to ten men. Chris Henderson was played in on the edge of the area, and after Brogan clipped the wingers heels, the referee adjudged the full back to have denied a goal scoring opportunity.
Jason Ainsley reacted by shifting Shane Henry to left back and moving Rob Ramshaw into the midfield alongside Jamie Chandler in a 4-4-1 formation.
The Linnets were frustrated in their early attempts to make the most of their man advantage, but finally found a way behind a tight Moors backline when a chipped ball forward found the league’s top shot stopper Marriott.
Gould, who made a string of key saves against Darlington in the week, came up trumps again, denying Marriott in a one on one situation after he beat the offside trap.
The pressure continued to mount and the dominant home side somehow failed to take the lead minutes before the interval when Sonny Carey struck the bar on the stretch from six yards after a brilliant one-two from Gash and Henderson.
However, they were not to be denied just a minute later when Moors conceded right on the cusp of the referees 1. Aaron Jones’ wicked cross was parried out by Gould to the feet of defender Barrows who simply couldn’t miss from a few yards out.
Spennymoor began the second half the better side without posing a serious threat on Alex Street’s goal, with the home side looking increasingly ragged in possession, but after the referee let a challenge on Carey go, the ball ran to Marriott who finished with the outside of his foot via the post.
Fresh from netting his 24th league goal of the season, Marriott almost doubled his personal tally on the afternoon when he skipped by Nathan Buddle before fizzing a shoot just past the post.
He didn’t have long to wait for another chance though, and this time he made no mistake, crashing a close range shot past Gould after cheating down a cross from Carey.
Moors, to their credit, kept looking for openings and tested Alex Street when James Curtis fired low towards the bottom corner, before Mark Anderson almost scored with his first touch after being introduced for Carl Magnay.
Spennymoor are back in action next Saturday when they host Kettering Town at The Brewery Field.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|King’s Lynn Town||1||2||3||Win|