Evo-Stik Division One South: King’s Lynn Town 3, Romulus 0
King's Lynn Town warmed up for Tuesday's top-of-the-table clash against Coalville Town by breezing to victory in front of their biggest crowd of the season.
The Linnets were a class above Romulus all afternoon as they picked up their fifth win in a row to remain second in Evo-Stik Division One South behind Coalville.
Russell Dunkley netted inside a minute to put Lynn in front before Steve Spriggs extended his side's lead inside the half hour mark. And The Walks crowd went home even happier when Jason Lee grabbed his first goal in Linnets colours to seal his team's victory - which at times was achieved in second gear.
Gary Setchell made one change from the side that had defeated higher-level Barwell the previous Saturday in the FA Trophy. Young defender Ryan Fryatt was ruled out through illness. He was replaced by fit-again Lee. Pat Bexfield, who rejoined the club from Cambridge City on Thursday - just 10 months after leaving, had to make do with a place on the bench.
Romulus arrived from the Midlands having won just two games this term - both of which came on the round. However, their confident away form wasn't evident from the first whistle as a fired-up Lynn threatened to blow them away.
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Just 25 seconds were on the clock when Dunkley turned Jason Turner's cross home from inside the six-yard box as Setchell's in-form team got off to a flier.
And they nearly doubled that lead little more than five minutes later when Turner crashed a volley against the bar before defender Ross Watson did find the net - with a fine finish - only to find his goal disallowed for a push in the build-up.
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However, the one-way traffic continued with Dan Quigley and Richard Bunting dictating the play and winning almost every second ball. And it was the former's fine work which helped create Lynn's deserved second.
Midfield terrier Quigley snapped into another tackle and regained possession, Dunkley slipped in Spriggs and the little wideman smashed the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.
Although the Roms found a foothold in the game for the remainer of the half, it was still Lynn who were in control - even if their tempo dropped slightly.
At the break, Setchell's outfit went in a deserved 2-0 up. The good news continued as news filtered through that the club's reserves had won 6-1 at Castor & Ailsworth. And it got even better when chairman Keith 'Buster' Chapman took to the pitch to thanks fans for their support today - as 709 turned up to support their team at The Walks.
It came after Chapman had written an open letter to the supporters urging them to get behind the club with gates down on what they had been during the previous two seasons.
Liam Francis skewed an effort wide as Romulus started the second half in threatening fashion. However, normality was soon resumed as Spriggs twice went close to adding another - both shots being blocked on the line by Francis in quick succession.
Lee made the game safe when he powered Jamie Thurlbourne's free-kick home just before the hour mark which allowed Setchell's side to drop a couple of gears - probably with one eye on Coalville's midweek visit.
Danny Gay capped another commanding display by making his first save in the 76th minute as he tipped substitute Keenen Meakin-Richards' free-kick expertly round the post - before saving from Nicky Campbell twice in the closing stages - to seal his first clean sheet since returning to The Walks.
Lynn: Gay, Watson, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs, Bunting (Buhlemann, 61), Quigley, Thurlbourne (Forshaw, 67), Turner, Dunkley (Bexfield, 81). Sub not used: Beaumont. Goals: Dunkley (1), Spriggs (25), Lee (58)
Romulus: Exall, Evans, N. Jackson (Campbell, 67), Folkes, Francis, M. Jackson (Meakin-Richards, 67), Ravenhill, Walker, O'Callaghan, Munday (Robinson, 67), A. Jackson. Sub not used: Wynter.
Referee: A. Park