Evo-Stik Premier Division: Marine 2, King’s Lynn Town 3
10:49 30 December 2013
King’s Lynn Town replied in the perfect way to their Boxing day defeat at Stamford with a comprehensive victory on chilly Merseyside.
Despite falling behind to a Jamie Rainford goal the Linnets rolled up their collective sleeves with a Rob Duffy penalty and a Andy Hall header giving the visitors an interval lead.
Man of the moment Dan Quigley added a third early in the second spell before Rainford’s second effort, this time from the spot, served only to make the final scoreline closer than it shoud have been.
The win typified the steely resolve Town have added to their armoury this season. It would have been so easy for them to roll over and surrender after going a goal behind on 25 minutes after they had completely bossed the first half hour on a difficult, heavy pitch which contained a liberal sprinkling of sand.
Quigley’s early shot was blocked by a desperate defender with the impressive Jack McGovern seeing his effort thwarted by Sam Barnes. Marc Goodfellow’s free-kick was heading beyond keeper Callum Williams and defender Shaun Dowling needed to be alert to clear the danger.
However, a well-rehearsed home free-kick routine saw Louis Corrigan’s short dead ball pass collected by Karl Noon whose low, driven centre was steered home by Rainford amongst a sea of legs.
The lead lasted all of 11 minutes when the marauding Jake Jones, playing his last loan game from Tamworth, was felled in the area allowing Duffy to smash home the resulting penalty.
Things got even better for the Linnets on the stroke of half-time as the cultured delivery of Goodfellow, following a foul on Jones, picked out the marauding Hall to glance a header beyond Williams.
This was to be Town’s day and they produced a stunning winner. Goodfellow served up another delicious free-kick from fully 40 yards to pick out the on-rushing Quigley at the back stick and his powerful header gave Williams no chance.
Rainford then converted his spot kick, but anything other than a win would have been very harsh on a Lynn side who are ninth in the table, still handily placed for a play-off tilt.