King's Lynn 5, Merthyr Tydfil 1

Keith Webb kept faith with the starting eleven that comfortably won by a 2-nil scoreline at Banbury on Tuesday night. The one change on the bench saw Phillip Mulryne replacing assistant manager Lee Glover.

Keith Webb kept faith with the starting eleven that comfortably won by a 2-nil scoreline at Banbury on Tuesday night. The one change on the bench saw Phillip Mulryne replacing assistant manager Lee Glover.

Craig Fleming and Stephen Melton plus the ill Charlie Defty were still unavailable for selection.

The Linnets began brightly in the early winter sunshine with a West long throw which was flipped on by Frew which eventually saw Defty's shot deflected wide. Merthyr had the ball the in the net after eight minutes but Steines was adjudged to have been offside.

Defty then provided Camm with a chance which the Linnets midfielder sliced wide and then shortly afterwards the action reverted to the other end with fullback Glassy putting a half volley over the bar. Lynn took the lead on 18 minutes with a delightful goal.

Francis spooned pass found BLOOMFIELD in acres of space who rounded keeper Ryan Griffiths and rolled the ball into an empty net from eight yards.

With Merthyr attempting to regroup the Linnets went further ahead with the combination of Francis and Defty dispossessing Thomas with Defty again setting up BLOOMFIELD who produced an assured finish from 14 yards.

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With confidence now flowing through the Linnets ranks Frew fired wide from a tight angle and again Defty was the provider as his precise ball to Francis resulted in the winger putting a shot cross goal inches away from Bloomfield's toe.

Just before the break the Linnets got their third goal of the afternoon with a goal all of skipper Warren's making.

The home centre half saw his shot cannon against Wharton's arm with referee Evans awarding a penalty which saw WARREN smash the ball into the roof of the net to give his side a comfortable interval advantage.

t Half- time: Kings Lynn 3, Merthyr Tydfil 0

At half-time, home manager Webb brought on reserve player Buhleman for Frew. On 50 minutes Francis burst through the visiting defence where he was pulled back by the number 11 Clarke who was lucky to escape with only a booking.

The resulting free-kick came to nothing but moments later Francis set up Fisk who fired wide from 25 yards. Defty released Bloomfield with a great pass as Bloomfield bore down on goal, one-on-one with keeper Ryan Griffiths who made a fantastic save with his leg but unfortunately for him resulted in an injury which created a long stoppage.

Shortly after the hour Turner was introduced for Defty and with Lynn continuing to press Buhleman saw a 20 yarder hit away for a corner.

On 68 minutes Lynn almost scored the perfect goal as Turner and Francis combined with Bloomfield who allowed the ball to run across his body with the on rushing Fisk smashing the ball against the bar.

Francis was again in the centre of the action as his corner was forced over the bar by a towering Crane header.

On 70 minutes Nolan replaced Bloomfield but the action switched to the other end with Steines forcing Howie into a full length save which resulted in a corner.

The ball was swung in delightfully and with Lynn unable to clear their lines STEINES prodded home from close range to give his side a consolation.

However, the home side were not to be outdone as Turner set up the impressive FRANCIS to easily slot the ball past Ryan Griffiths for his first goal of the afternoon and moments later he added a second and Lynn's fifth as he found himself one on one with Griffiths as the pacey wide man comfortably tucked the ball under the keeper to complete a memorable afternoon of Walks football.

Following the final whistle it was confirmed that Chippenham and Team Bath had drawn their fixture this afternoon which meant that Lynn went top of the table for the first time this season.

t Final score King's Lynn 5, Merthyr Tydfil 1

t King's Lynn: Howie, West, Lake, Warren (Captain), Crane, Camm, Frew, Fisk, Defty, Bloomfield, Francis.

Subs: Turner, Nolan, Buhlemann, Mulryne, Murray

t Merthyr Tydfil: R Griffiths, Williams, Glassy, D Griffiths, Wharton, Rewbury, Khalil, Thomas, Harris, Steins, Clarke.

Subs Porter, Watkins, Martin, Cushion, Jones.

t Ref: C Evans from Lincolnshire

t Att: 995