Cirencester 0, King's Lynn 4

The Linnets travelled to Cirencester with the firm intention of putting Tuesday's poor result against Corby behind them and to continue their fine record against the Centurions.

Cirencester 0, King's Lynn 4

The Linnets travelled to Cirencester with the firm intention of putting Tuesday's poor result against Corby behind them and to continue their fine record against the Centurions.

Manager Keith Webb made two changes from the side beaten by the Steelmen. Danny Bloomfield replaced Shaun Carey and Jo Francis returned from injury to come in for Matt Nolan. There was no place in the starting line-up for Charlie Defty, who was on the bench, while brother Jack continued up front. Matt Nolan joined Mark Heath-Preston, Greg Lake and goalkeeper Rob Murray as the other Lynn substitutes.

Out of contention for today's game were injury victims Carey, Turner, Fleming, Mulryne and Melton.


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Lynn got the ideal start when, after just two minutes JACK DEFTY scored with a half volley from 12 yards. He had won the ball just inside home territory, finding Fisk, who in turn found West, who crossed for the big man to score with a stunning drive.

Defty almost added to the lead just two minutes later when Cirencester goalkeeper Bulman just beat him to a through-ball from Camm. It was Defty again a minute later who found Francis, whose hard, low cross was cut out by home full-back Collins.

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With Lynn dominant, it was next Bloomfield and Frew combining, only for the former to be denied by a last-ditch tackle.

Minutes later, the same player forced Bulman to a good stop.

When Warren conceded a foul, home centre-half Stanley took the kick and his fierce drive whistled inches wide of Howie's near post.

After 15 minutes, another promising Lynn move was halted on the edge of the area for a free-kick for a foul on Francis. Frew's effort was deflected for a corner, from which he himself headed just over the bar.

On 20 minutes, Defty again won the ball to find Fisk, whose crossfield ball found Frew, for the winger to easily beat his man to fire in a hard, low cross, which the Cirencester defenders eventually cleared with some difficulty.

On 27 minutes from a long kick down-field by Howie, Bloomfield won a ball in the air to Jack Defty, who thundered a 25-yard drive just over.

On 38 minutes, Lynn went further ahead when Fisk played a fine through-ball to Danny Bloomfield, who outpaced the defence to slot the ball home past Bulman.

That gave the score a better reflection of Lynn's dominance, with little threat having so far come from the home attack.

The final action of the half saw Francis win the ball at a throw-in and his near-post cross enabled Bloomfield to force a corner from which Crane's header just cleared the bar.

Half-time: Cirencester 0, King's Lynn 2 .

The Linnets went further ahead just three minutes into the second half when, after receiving from Fisk, JOE FRANCIS carried the ball 30 yards to slot the ball past the advancing Cirencester keeper Bulman.

Then Frew picked the ball up in midfield went on a mazy run to feed the ball into BLOOMFIELD who netted from a narrow angle.

On 64 minutes, after Jack Defty had peppered the home goal, he eventually won a corner Crane headed narrowly over the bar.

It was the big centre forward's last action of the game as he was then substituted by Nolan.

On 65 minutes Francis crossed hard to Frew who somehow contrived to fail to apply the final touch from point-blank range. On 70 minutes Cirencester had their second goal attempt of the game when Shaxton drilled a shot over the bar.

Howie made his first save of the game when on 80 minutes when he pushed away a low shot from Shaxton.

At the other end as the game drew to its close Heath-Preston was inches away from converting a low cross from Frew.

Lynn had responded in the best way possible to their critics with this comprehensive victory to maintain their promotion challenge.

Final Score: Cirencester Town 0, King's Lynn 4,

t King's Lynn: Howie, West, Chapman, Warren, Crane, Camm, Frew, Fisk, Jack Defty, Bloomfield, Francis. Substitutes: Nolan, Charlie Defty, Lake, Heath-Preston and Murray.

t Cirencester: Bulman, Collins, Wallington, Haisley, Stanley, Taylor, Shaxton, Jackson, Robertson, Davis, Chapman. Substitutes: Carpenter, Hunt, Etheridge, Else, Frost.

t Referee: J Flynn (Calne, Wiltshire). Att: 149.

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