Evo-Stik Division One South: Hucknall Town 1, King’s Lynn Town 3

Three goals in eight first-half minutes helped King's Lynn Town come from behind to continue their fine start to life at Step Four tonight.

The impressive Karl Slack had put Hucknall in front before a brace from Steve Spriggs and a goal from Russell Dunkley swung the game in Lynn's favour at Watnall Road.

Spriggs slotted home from close range to equalise in the 37th minute after controlling a flick-on from a corner. Then Dunkley did the same after Jason Fisher had parried Spriggs' header from Jamie Thurlbourne's raking cross-field pass into his path.

And on the stroke of half-time Lynn's winger bagged his second from the penalty spot after he'd been felled by James Leggitt.

Gary Setchell's Linnets had been looking to build on their fine start which saw them beat Chasetown 1-0 in their Evo-Stik Division One South opener on Saturday. Spriggs' fine substitute display at the weekend saw him replace Jason Turner but other than that it was as you were for The Walks outfit.


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The confidence gained at the weekend was evident from the first whistle as Lynn dictated the opening 15 minutes with Thurlbourne, twice, Dan Quigley and Spriggs all going close.

But it was the hosts who took a surprise lead in the 18th minute when Slack slotted home following a good move down Lynn's right side. And the pacy frontman should have grabbed his second minutes later when he sprung a high offside trap only to skew his effort miserably wide.

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However, three quick goals saw Setchell's side power into a half-time advantage that their play richly deserved. The territorial dominance continued from the men in blue, for the night, in front of around 100 travelling Lynn fans for much of the second half, especially in the opening stages.

Yellows' striker Ben Good forced Lynn keeper Alex Street into a comfortable save while Warren Hatfield spurned his side's best chance when he toe-poked Steve Carty's lofted ball over the Linnets crossbar.

Hucknall did inevitably enjoy a sustained spell of pressure in the second half but it wasn't enough to prevent Setchell's newly-promoted charges - who defended outstandingly - keeping up their 100pc start to the campaign.

Hucknall: Fisher, Baugh, Leggitt (Paling, 53), Hayes, Austin, Carty, Wilby, Hatfield, Good, Slack, Brown. Subs not used: Snowden, Ganderson, Slawson, Goodacre. Goal: Slack (18). Booked: Leggitt, Slack

Lynn: Street, Watson, Gulliver, Fryatt, Yong, Spriggs (Beaumont, 83), Quigley, Bunting, Thurlbourne (Hughes, 75), Forshaw (Turner, 67), Dunkley. Subs not used: Johnson, Buhlemann. Goals: Spriggs (37, 45+1), Dunkley (41)

Referee: C. Ward Attendance: 190

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