King’s Lynn 5 Slough 2: Linnets hit goal trail at The Walks
- Credit: Ian Burt
King's Lynn Town cruised to their first win since New Year's Day after a first-half hat-trick from Sam Warburton crushed Slough Town at The Walks.
A three-goal flourish in the opening 15 minutes left the Generals shell-shocked but worse was to follow for the promotion-chasing side as the Linnets ran riot.
Before last night, Warburton had failed to find he back of the net since arriving at the club last October but his 32-minute treble was simply stunning.
Lynn went into the game showing three changes from the team which drew at Kings Langley.
Dan Quigley, Kurtis Revan and Jacek Zielonka all started with Lee Stevenson and Jordan Yong dropping to the bench, while Toby Hilliard was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
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Lynn took the lead in the seventh minute.
Michael Clunan's ball over the top found Ryan Hawkins who delivered a brilliant centre for Warburton to convert at the far post.
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It was just the start Lynn, who had shipped six goals in their previous home game, wanted and the hosts doubled their advantage five minutes later after a Clunan pass played in Shaun McWilliams to finish with ease.
The Linnets were now rampant and with less than quarter-of-an-hour on the clock it was 3-0 when Hawkins squared the ball for Warburton to smash home his second.
Revan provided the pass for the former Northampton trainee to complete his hat-trick in the 32nd minute before McWilliams left the visiting defence in his wake to complete the first-half blitz.
Hawkins limped out of the proceedings six minutes into the second period but by then the damage had been done.
Slough replied twice through Manny Williams and Chris Flood but Lynn saw the remainder of the game through without any further scrapes.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Zielonka, Fryatt, Gaughran, Ward, Quigley, Clunan, McWilliams (Setchell 85), Hawkins (Edge 51), Revan, Warburton (Yong 80).
Slough Town: Scott, Fraser, Stonehouse, Smart, Nisbet, Togwell, Williams, Dunn, James (Harris 46), Flood (Moon), Webb (Holgate 46).