Culverhouse delighted as Linnets begin the new Year in spectacular style

King's Lynn Town players applaud the away support after winning 4-1 at Needham Market Picture: BEN P

King's Lynn Town players applaud the away support after winning 4-1 at Needham Market Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

Ian Culverhouse was left purring after his King's Lynn Town side ran riot at Needham Market.

King's Lynn Town players celebrate Craig Parker's opener in their 4-1 win at Needham Market Picture:

King's Lynn Town players celebrate Craig Parker's opener in their 4-1 win at Needham Market Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

The 4-1 scoreline hardly does justice to a performance of the highest order.

Lynn were superb in the first half, a goal conceded at 2-0 up the only blemish, while the second 45 minutes was a case of managing the game in the face of dwindling playing resources – a situation which is likely to be eased before the weekend trip to Leiston.

'I thought it was an outstanding first half,' said the Linnets boss. 'We just blew them away. The boys went to a different level today.

'They were exceptional.


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'We got sloppy and switched off at a corner which irritates me massively – but they know it. It was just a little kick up the backside which we needed and we went again and the game was over at half-time.'

From kick-off it was clear Lynn meant business, with left-back Frazer Blake-Tracey swinging in a first-time cross which former Needham player Craig Parker headed narrowly wide.

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Parker almost turned provided with a cross from the right of the area which Adam Marriott couldn't quite reach, but on 12th minute Needham behind, when Parker rammed the ball home from 20 yards. Two minutes later Blake-Tracy teed up Marriott for the second.

Against the run of play, Needham were given a lifeline when Jeremiah Kamanzi forced their first corner on 25 minutes – and Callum Sturgess's kick was headed home by Adam Mills.

Lynn restored the two-goal advantage when centre-half Rory McAuley turned and volleyed past Jake Jessup Mills on 33 minutes and four minutes before the interval Parker got his second.

Mills clattered into Michael Clunan with the ball nowhere near and got his marching orders on the stroke of half-time.

Lynn saw the game out for the remaining 45 minutes – and banked a valuable three points.

Needham: Jessup, Squire, K Morphew, D Morphew (Dye 16), Sturgess, Ingram (Dobson 80), Heath, Baker, Kamanzi (Issa 55), Mills, Marsden. Subs not used: Griffiths, Shorten.

Lynn: Street, Richards (Castellan 6), Fryatt, McAuley, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis (Jones 72), Parker, Clunan, Hawkins, Gash, Marriott. Subs not used: Henderson, Bastock

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