King’s Lynn Town 6, Irchester United 1
King's Lynn Town got their season off to a flying start with a comfortable win over Irchester United at The Walks today.
Goals from Robbie Harris, Ryan Fryatt, Steve Spriggs, Jack Defty and an excellent brace from Danny White secured the 6-1 victory for the UCL Premier Division promotion hopefuls.
The Linnets started brightly and White had the host's first chance in the opening exchanges after a failed clearance bounced nicely for the midfielder but his shot was deflected wide.
A few minutes later, Harris narrowly missed latching onto to a dangerous cross by Spriggs at the near post and Defty was also close to scoring after being put through by Stuart Wall only to see his shot sail wide of Adrian Langley's goal.
The striker then had a golden chance to break the deadlock in the 16th minute after an excellent cross by Jamie Thurlbourne found him in space in the box but he headed wide.
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The visitors then began to get into the game with the Linnets carelessly losing possession and United's counter attack tactics causing problems.
Steve Spriggs then had the chance to help Town overcome their shaky start after 31 minutes when a delivery by Jamie Thurlbourne managed to find its way through to the unmarked winger but he failed to find the back of the net with two attempts.
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The Linnets were then dealt a blow after new signing Paul Cousins limped off with a suspected broken toe just before half-time following a challenge. Ryan Fryatt replaced the former Wisbech Town captain.
Following their nervy first half performance, the Linnets looked a different force after emerging from the dressing room for the second half and quickly took control of the match.
Within two minutes of the re-start, the deadlock was broken after Spriggs beat his man and whipped in an excellent cross which found Defty who teed up Harris to head home from a few yards.
The visitors were soon back on level terms after Craig Lawman's 30-yard free kick flew past Alex Street but Town defender Ryan Fryatt put his side back in front four minutes later with a clinical header from a corner.
Then on the hour, an unmarked Danny White flung himself at a superb delivery by Luis Duarte and diverted his header pass Langley, who could only stand and watch as the ball soared into the top corner
The midfielder bagged his second goal soon after when he ghosted into Irchester's box unmarked again and headed home a dangerous cross by Spriggs. The winger then added to the scoreline from a tight angle after an excellent one-two with right back Ross Watson.
The Linnets continued to pour forward in numbers with the opposition beginning to tire and striker Jack Defty made it six after he flicked home an inviting cross by Luke Thurlbourne.
Irchester sub Curtis Long came close to bringing some joy for the visitors in the closing stages after making some space for himself at the edge of Lynn's box but his curling shot failed to trouble Street.
King's Lynn: Street, Watson (C), Duarte, Cousins (Fryatt 38), Wall, White, Spriggs, L Thurlbourne (Buhlemann 62), Defty, Harris (Beaumont 58), J Thurlbourne. Unused subs: Coe, Hails
Goals: Harris (46), Fryatt (52), White (60, 64), Spriggs (68), Defty (76)
Irchester United: Langley, Maguire (Munro 82), Jones, Lawrence, Gell (C), Bowden, Morris (Hamblin 71), Dudley (Long 85), G Lawman, Stohrer, Lawman. Unused subs: Wilson, Reece
Goals: C.Lawman (48)
Bookings: D.Lawman (70)
Referee: P Goodacre (Lincs FA)