Friendly: St Ives Town 0, King’s Lynn Town 1

The Linnets ended their pre-season programme with a seventh victory in 10 friendly matches.

Striker Shane Tolley's early strike, his sixth goal of the summer, was enough to secure a winning end to Gary Setchell's men hectic schedule.

But most importantly, the Walks outfit came through their final warm-up game injury free with their Evo-Stik Premier Division opener at Nantwich Town now just a week away.

Lynn's boss refused to take risks with Dan Jacob (ankle), Jordan Yong (hamstring), Steve Spriggs (achilles) and Sam Mulready (back) on a horribly bobby pitch at Westwood Road.

The quartet watched on as the Saints should have taken the lead but Karl Gibbs stabbed his effort straight at Alex Street when he was clean through on goal inside the first 180 seconds.


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The visitors took the lead a couple of minutes later when Charlie Butt's cross-come-shot was spilled into the path of Tolley and the poacher supreme passed the ball into Enol Ordonez' empty net.

Lynn - who play one level above Step Four new boys St Ives - were by far the superior team and George Thomson fired numerous efforts on goal - most of which whizzed just past the upright.

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Jared Cunniff offered some respite but his shot was smartly stopped by Street down to his left.

Yet it was the Linnets who looked the more likely and Tolley went close to adding a second before Ryan Fryatt had a half-volley cleared off the line excellently by Cunniff. Full-back Ryan Clarke bundled his way through minutes ahead of the interval but slid his effort just wide.

After the break, the Cambridgeshire outfit improved massively and Gibbs had a goal ruled out for offside. Jon Stead headed over soon after.

However, it was the Linnets who should have made it two when Thomson unselfishly squared to Andy Hall. Yet for the second time in the match, a Saints player - this time Dan Newman - hooked away from his own goal-line.

The game petered out somewhat and St Ives wasted two decent chances to pull level in the final few minutes with Dan Banister and Tom Meechan firing efforts over the crossbar.

St Ives: Ordonez (Bevans, 80), S. Everdell, Alsop (W. Everdell, 77), Newman, Lambert, Dean, Cobb (Roberts, 66), Banister, Stead, Gibbs (Meechan, 62), Cunniff.

Lynn: Street (Gay, 46), R. Clarke, Fryatt, Gulliver (Fernandes, 52), Lee, Butt, Bunting, Quigley (Watson, 52), Thomson, Hall, Tolley (E. Clarke, 52). Goal: Tolley (5).

Ref: D. Knox.

Att: 200

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