Cheshunt 1, Kings Lynn 3

King's Lynn consolidated their position at the top of the Premier Division with victory over bottom club Cheshunt - but they had to do it the hard way, coming back from 1-0 down at half-time.

King's Lynn consolidated their position at the top of the Premier Division with victory over bottom club Cheshunt - but they had to do it the hard way, coming back from 1-0 down at half-time.

A crisp strike from Ben Chapman two minutes after the interval put the Linnets back on terms and a controversial second from Danny Bloomfield, which many thought had not crossed the line, put them on top until stoppage time - when substitute Michael Frew's 35-yard chip after Ambers keeper Joe Taylor had cleared the ball straight to him, sealed the points.

It would have been so different had Lynn taken the chances they created in the early stages - and it was a lack of clinical finishing that brought manager Keith Webb's strongest complaint.

“We started off well and were really bright, but then we found ourselves creating a lot of chances without really making the keeper work, which was frustrating,” said Webb. “If you don't score when you're on top you're likely to get punished - and that's what happened. I said to the player at half-time to be more ruthless in front of goal and that it was important to get the next goal to settle everybody down.”

The first chance fell to the home side as George Gregoriou took the ball past Scott Howie but, with the goal at his mercy, could only fire into the side netting.

The next 30 minutes were dominated by the league leaders with the best chance falling to Bloomfield, who had time and space 10 yards out from goal. Having neatly chested the ball down he inexplicably vollied wide.

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Bloomfield went close to scoring shortly afterwards with a fine looping header that beat Taylor but hit the bar. And Ben Sedgemore and Steve Melton both shot wide when in good positions.

The visitors were made to pay for their wasteful finishing five minutes before the break. Cheshunt made a strong break down the right and the ball was worked to former Linnet Michael Deane, who made no mistake from 20-yards.

Lynn took just two minutes of the second half to equalise as Sedgemore laid the ball into the path of Chapman who fired low into the bottom corner.

The expected siege of the Cheshunt goal never materialised but Lynn continued to dominate with substitute John Turner having a header cleared off the line.

But they had to wait until 10 minutes to go to go in front - with a goal which was fiercely contested. A break down the left saw Broomfield get behind the Cheshunt defence and hit a fierce shot that struck the underside of the crossbar before bouncing out.

Linesman David Pike signalled a goal, much to the home side's disgust, and despite lengthy protests from the home side Lynn held their nerve to repel their desperate attempts for an equaliser late on.

Victory was wrapped up in stoppage time with Frew's brilliantly executed chip.

Webb concluded: “The scoreline flattered us a bit but on the basis of the chances we created in the first half I think we deserved the win.”

t King's Lynn: Howie, West, Chapman, Warren, Crane, Camm (Fisk 79), Melton (Frew 59), Sedgemore, Nolan (Turner 65), Bloomfield, Francis.

t Attendance: 276.