Curzon Ashton 4 King’s Lynn Town 0
- Credit: Matthew Usher
King's Lynn Town players and fans will surely be glad to see the end of the season as their miserable end to the campaign continued at play-off chasing Curzon Ashton.
A brace of goals from Niall Cummins and strikes from Joe Guest and Alex Brown ensured a comfortable home victory as, yet again, Lynn's failure to defend at one end and take chances at the other came back to haunt them.
The hosts were ahead inside the opening 10 minutes. Home captain Sam Walker was given the freedom of the park as he teed up Cummins to produce a sliding finish from close in, which gave Alex Street no chance.
Moments later Street rushed from his goal to deny Cummins, who was clean through, with a fine blocking save.
The Linnets rallied, with Michael Frew picking out Lee Stevenson whose curling shot was pushed to safety by Hakan Burton, and minutes later Frew picked out Conor Marshall, whose header lacked any pace to trouble Burton.
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The home side's second was a real body blow for Town as it came from a throw inside the Curzon half – a quick, snapping tackle and four passes later Guest had smashed the ball beyond Street with the Linnets defensive unit again seemingly on leave.
Stevenson put a chance wide minutes after the second half had begun and then, had Frew scored from close in instead of stabbing wide, following a David Bell free-kick, the game may have changed. He didn't and the chance of a foothold had passed.
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To compound the visitors' misery, Brown prodded home following a scramble inside the box and Cummins completed a brace in stoppage time as a rare Street mistake saw the overworked Lynn keeper drop the ball invitingly at the home forward's feet close in.
For the final few minutes, the usually prominent figure of Gary Setchell cut a forlorn figure, slouched in the dugout, no doubt contemplating what he had just witnessed and thinking what he has to do over the summer to breathe life into a squad that has accumulated just 17 points this calendar year. His team will probably, just about, survive this season and line up for more Evo-Stik Premier action come the sunny days of August – the same can probably not be said of some of his squad.