King's Lynn 2, Clevedon Town 0

King's Lynn 2, Clevedon Town 0: Lynn comfortably held on for a vital three points which saw them move back to the top of the league table following the postponement of Team Bath's fixture.

King's Lynn 2, Clevedon 0: Keith Webb kept faith with the starting 11 that were unluckily beaten in injury time at Mangotsfield United on Tuesday evening.

The one and only change on the bench saw Stephen Melton return to the squad following a long injury lay off. He replaced Michael Frew whose troublesome thigh injury had flared again. Craig Fleming, Ben Chapman and Shaun Carey all still remain sidelined with various problems.

The match began in difficult conditions with a strong swirling wind and persistent heavy rain meant that good play was at a premium.

The home side were first on the attack with Bloomfield bravely winning the ball in midfield who in turn fed Francis who sent a skimming shot wide of Greaves' goal.

Clevedon's first sortie up to the other end of the pitch saw loud appeals for a hand ball from Buhlemann following a Leak corner which was waved away by referee George.

Francis was again in the action with a tricky cross which Bloomfield was inches away from connecting with.

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Buhlemann then fed Francis who produced a poor cross when he should have done much better.

Moments later Francis' shot was blocked with the ball falling kindly to Fisk whose teasing cross-cum-shot was inches wide of the target.

The visitors attacked briefly with a dipping free kick from Bater being grabbed by Howie at the second attempt.

The match sprung into life on 34 minutes when visiting number 11 Sylvester was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on fullback Lake which subsequently meant the fullback being replaced by the returning Melton.

Three minutes later and the home side had the lead with a goal straight from the top drawer.

Buhlemann picked out Defty whose lay-off was met first time by Bloomfield who fired high into the roof of the net from 10 yards giving Greaves no chance. On 39 minutes a low cross from Page was narrowly missed by two on-rushing forwards as the visitors looked to respond quickly.

Four minutes before the break Bater found himself in the referee's notebook following dissent.

Defty then provided Francis with a sharp pass which in turn the winner fired a shot at Greaves which saw a fine finger-tip save for a corner which came to nothing.

With the game deep into first-half stoppage time the home side gained a vital second goal as Defty's driven ball back across the goal was met by Fisk at the back post who bundled the ball home past a watching visiting defence.

Half time King's Lynn 2 Clevedon 0.

Clevedon showed their intentions at the start of the second half as Brigham and Hendy were replaced by Cook and Scott as the visitors tried to gain a foothold in the game.

However, early on they had a let-off as Greaves' attempted poor clearance cannoned into Bloomfield with the ball rolling agonisingly towards goal before being cleared by a visiting defender.

Clevedon's task was made almost impossible on 50 minutes as Bater was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon for dissent reducing his side to nine men.

On the hour home skipper Warren found his name in referee George's notebook for a foul as the game degenerated into a scrappy encounter.

Francis attempted to add some life into the game as he produced a classy cross which saw Bloomfield send a looping header into the arms of Greaves.

Keith Webb introduced Turner for Defty on 65 minutes as Lynn looked to reproduce their first half sparkle. Some patient Lynn build-up play saw the busy Francis side foot wide from close range when he should have done much better.

Clevedon's chances were at a premium. However, they did go close with 15 minutes remaining as a Leek corner was met by Prosser whose header cleared the bar.

With five minutes remaining another left-sided cross from Francis caused panic in the visiting ranks as both substitute Nolan and Melton failed to make contact from six yards.

Visiting full back Haynes found himself booked for dissent with time running out.

The final chance of the afternoon fell to Fisk who fired well wide as Lynn comfortably held on for a vital three points which saw them move back to the top of the league table following the postponement of Team Bath's fixture.

Final score: King's Lynn 2, Clevedon 0

Attendance: 806.

King's Lynn: Howie, West, Lake, Warren, Crane, Camm, Buhlemann, Fisk, J Defty, Bloomfield, Francis.

Subs: Turner, Nolan, Mulryne, Melton, Murray.

Clevedon Town: Greaves, Brigham, Haynes, Bater, Hendy, Trout, Page, Green, Prosser, Leek, Sylvester.

Subs: Cook, Scott, Symons.

Ref: Mr M George, North Walsham.