Daventry United 0, King’s Lynn 5
King's Lynn Town strolled to another United Counties league win at Daventry's sun drenched Communications Park on Saturday.
The Linnets shared the goals around with Chris Bacon, Jack Defty and Jamie Thurlbourne all on target within 25 minutes of the start which killed the game as a contest early on. Stephen Spriggs and substitute Robbie Harris completed the rout with second-half goals.
The result leaves Lynn in second place, ten points behind title rivals St Neots with three games in hand on the Saints.
Following the match delighted Town boss Gary Setchell said: 'It's fair to say I have probably just endured my most difficult 14 days in the job since I came here just over a year ago.
'Kevin Boon and myself have worked hard to pick the players up after the defeats and today's result is just what we ordered. I have continued to say that the league is the most important thing to us this season and we now are facing up to our most important fortnight of the season with a renewed confidence on the back of this result.
'I sat down and looked at our remaining fixtures and I thought that this game would be our second hardest of our remaining games. They haven't lost many here this season and have beaten some of the better teams along the way as well. 'Beforehand I told the lads that I believe we have to win all of our remaining games to win the league and that we couldn't go out with a 'we've won' already mentality which has possibly seen us drop points on away games already this season. After the early goals we were able to relax a little and held complete control for the rest of the match. At the end of the day it's another one ticked off the list.'
Setchell refused to be drawn on Saturday's potential league title showdown with St Neots, instead focusing on Tuesday's fixture with Long Buckby at the Walks.
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'It is another must win for us - simple as. They are one of only two sides to beat us in the league this season so we should really need no more of a gee up than that. They are a good side but it's now all about us and what we do and nobody else. People keep telling me how big the St Neots game is going to be. If we don't beat Long Buckby then it's not a big game.'
Lynn scored with their first meaningful attack of the match as Defty's defence splitting pass was collected by strike partner Bacon who drilled home from eight yards. Defty secured his 39th - and possibly easiest - strike of a productive season moments later as Thurlbourne's corner reached the Lynn captain standing on the goal line who smashed home to double his sides advantage.
Jamie Coleman's handball allowed Thurlbourne to slide the resulting penalty past keeper Lee Farrow to secure the points. The sparse crowd were then treated to some typical end of season possession football with the Linnets withdrawing Luke Thurlbourne and Defty in readiness for the coming weeks battles.
Spriggs was on hand as Farrow failed to hold Harris's curling shot with the latter completing the scoring as he stabbed in Bacon's miscued shot for his 30th goal of a very productive season.
• Daventry United: Farrow, Irvine, Coleman (Henry), Hill, Stacy, Hamilton, Crockett (Bellamy),Ian Waldock, Frost (Matthews), Tom Waldock, Briscoe.
Unused subs: Cope, Foster. Booking: Hamilton.
• King's Lynn Town: Street, Bexfield, Alsop, Luke Thurlbourne (White), McNeil, Watson, Spriggs, Doherty (Buhlemann), Defty (Harris), Bacon, Jamie Thurlbourne.
Unused sub: Fryatt.
• Referee: Mr P Evitts (Hartwell)
• Att: 110