King’s Lynn 4, Wellingborough 3
Stuart Wall went from zero to hero as King's Lynn stormed to the top of the UCL Premier Division.
Wall, 24, appeared to have handed Wellingborough the points with two costly errors. But the defender restored his reputation with the 83rd minute clincher that sent Lynn above title rivals Long Buckby.
'We started the second-half too lax, with myself probably being the main culprit,' said a refreshingly honest Wall. 'The first two goals we conceded were probably my fault and put the team into an awkward position - for that I hold my hands up and apologise to the fans and players.
'But luckily I got the three points back for us with my header which was the only way I could have repaid the fans and hopefully I sent them home happy.'
A debut goal from striker Liam Harrold and Stephen Spriggs' 13th strike of the season ensured the Linnets enjoyed a comfortable lead at the break.
But a second-half hat-trick from the Doughboys Jason Turner turned the game on its head, before headers from Danny White and Wall finally sealed a vital victory.
Boss Gary Setchell made three changes to the team that beat Deeping Rangers in mid-week. The biggest omission being wing wizard Jamie Thurlbourne dropping down to the bench after picking up an injury in training. Harrold went straight into the side after signing from Yaxley. White replaced Luke Thurlbourne in the midfield engine room and full-back Ryan Fryatt started in place of Jordan Yong.
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Wellingborough were flummoxed by Lynn's quick feet and intricate passing and the hosts duly went ahead after eight minutes. Rob Hughes' clever free-kick into the area was flicked on by Harrold beyond a stranded Stuart Plows.
Midfield lynchpin Hughes, captain in the absence of the injured Ross Watson, turned provider again with a ball from the right byline giving Spriggs the simplest of finishes.
'I was pleased to have played my part in those two goals,' said Hughes. 'Liam (Harrold) has come in with a track record of scoring goals, but hasn't really done anything this season. So it was good for him to get on the end of my free-kick, and Spriggs was alive to pounce for the second.' The former Nottingham Forest man added: 'To have the armband after only being at the club six or seven weeks was a good feeling, but whether I am captain or not I will always try to lead the team and be a voice on the pitch.'
The home defence switched off at the start of the second period as striker Turner plundered a 10 minute hat-trick to silence the Lynn faithful. But the introduction of Jamie Thurlbourne inspired a rousing comeback with two stunning deliveries for White and Wall to nod home for a deserved win.
Linnets chief Setchell admitted: 'The defending was abysmal to allow them back in, but we showed unbelievable character to comeback. We got Jamie on for his left foot and fortunately for us Stuart Wall popped up with a great header to win the game.'
• King's Lynn Town: Street, Fryatt, Bexfield, Wall, Buhlemann, Hughes, Spriggs (Yong, 61), White, Harrold (Moreira 72), Harris, Beaumont (Jamie Thurlbourne, 61)
Subs not used: Luke Thurlbourne, Hails.
Goals: Harrold (8,) Spriggs (25), White (77), Wall (83)
• Wellingborough Town: Plows, Gray, Murfitt, Spaughton, Cassidy, Richardson (Johnson, 80), Redding, Liversedge, Surridge, Turner, Heycock.
Subs not used: James, Gould.
Goals: Turner (48, 54, pen 58)
• Referee: Mr A. Wilson
• Attendance: 667