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Dunstable Town 0 King’s Lynn Town 2: Linnets’ play-off hopes boosted

06:25 15 February 2016

Gary Setchell is in a positive mood about the Linnets chances. Picture: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell is in a positive mood about the Linnets chances. Picture: Ian Burt

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Classy King’s Lynn Town further underlined their growing play-off aspirations with a convincing win at Creasey Park.

Goals in either half from Liam Hurst and Lee Stevenson secured the Linnets a sixth away win of the season against a Dunstable side who began the day in a healthy fourth league position, having enjoyed a run of four straight home wins.

Town began well in difficult, cold and wet conditions and should really have been ahead in the first minute when an unmarked Stevenson headed over from two yards following Hurst’s centre.

Goalkeeper Alex Street’s quick release freed Hurst, who raced away from his marker before sending in a dipping half volley which his opposite number Jamie Head tipped over his bar for a corner.

Kern Miller glanced on Michael Clunan’s resulting flag-kick, only for Danny Talbot to clear the danger with a resulting boot away.

The goal Town’s play deserved arrived moments later when Street’s clearance found Miller in space and he picked out Hurst who produced a top-drawer lobbed finish beyond a stranded Head.

The home defence were now all at sea, with Lynn applying a vice-like grip on proceedings. Stevenson had two further chances to increase his side’s advantage – the first saw him gain a Talbot boot to the head when well set, and then another driven shot produced yet another scrambled clearance as the Blues’ goal continued to lead a charmed life.

Connor Calcutt finally worked Street with over half an hour played and just before the interval James Kaloczi tested Lynn’s custodian with a headed effort.

The home side introduced Gary Wharton at the break and he would have got his side back on level terms within a minute of his introduction had Street not denied him with a point-blank save from a yard. The Linnets’ stopper then tipped away Steven Gregory’s header with a cat-like reaction before palming away a Calcutt chance as the hosts finally came to the party.

However, Lynn boss Gary Setchell had seen enough and promptly introduced experienced club captain Sam Gaughran to the fold to bolster his team’s defensive ranks at the expense of Jacek Zielonka. The plan worked a treat as home penetration was snuffed out and the game became more even.

With 16 minutes remaining, Stevenson collected a clearance from his defence, then cleverly wrong-footed his marker before carrying the ball on and dispatching a low driven shot from fully 25 yards beyond a despairing Head and into the net, right under the noses of the jubilant Linnets supporters behind the goal.

Wharton narrowly failed to connect with fellow sub Chris Vardy’s cross-shot, but there were to be no further alarms for Setchell’s side, who head to Stratford Town tomorrow knowing a win could propel them to third, depending on other results.

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