King’s Lynn Town 3 Dorchester Town 0: Superb first-half helps Linnets return to top of the table
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Manager Ian Culverhouse's pre match 'call to arms' message was met with a positive response as the Linnets cruised to victory over a lacklustre Dorchester Town and returned to the top of the Southern Premier Division as a result.
A Leon Mettam brace and Michael Clunan effort inside 15 first half minutes shortly before the break effectively killed the game as a contest leaving Lynn to coast the second half with their visitors grateful of the release of the home throttle.
Culverhouse made just one change to his starting line up following Monday's single goal defeat at Kettering with Craig Parker stepping into the side replacing the departed Sam Gaughran.
Indeed it was Parker who tested Chris Weale first with a stinging low drive before the same player lifted over the bar from close in. The busy Parker then turned provider for Cameron Norman whose angled effort was blocked by Weale's legs and Mettam headed over with the Linnets in complete control.
The only negative was that the possession had not yielded goals but this was soon rectified by Clunan who delightfully cut inside his marker before firing past Weale from 20 yards for the game's opener. The home side had the visitors on the ropes and it came as no surprise when Mettam was first to react to Ryan Jarvis's parried shot to tap into an empty net to double his side's advantage.
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The third goal was all of Mettam's work. The wiry forward drew a clumsy challenge from Neil Martin inside the box which resulted in a penalty kick award from referee Hanna. Mettam immediately took responsibility for the kick placing the ball on the spot and duly smashing it past Weale with the keeper rooted to the spot.
The second half saw the hosts in cruise control. Mettam missed two good chances to complete his treble. Sam Lanahan fired over for Dorchester before Lynn substitute Tom Siddons careered into the box before firing wide. Apart from Town, all members of the Premier Division's top six dropped points. There will of course be further good and bad days for Lynn between now and the end of the season but more performances of this quality and control will surely have their most sceptical of supporters feeling that this could be their season.
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King's Lynn Town: Street, Norman, Blake–Tracy, Ryan Fryatt, Ward, Jarvis, Clunan (Fryatt), Parker, Gash (Siddons), Mettam (Hilliard), Lappin. Unused subs: Frohawk, Watson (GK).
Goals : Clunan 28, Mettam 34, 43 (pen).
Dorchester Town: Weale, Egan, Martin, Rose, Bowles, Winsper (Griggs), Lanahan, Lowes, Blair (Brookes), Diaz, Bastick (Carmichael). Unused sub: Panesar–Dower.
Bookings: Martin, Winsper
Referee: Mr D Hanna (Oundle)
King's Lynn have signed for Norwich City youngster Cameron King. The 22-year-old midfielder, who was part of City's FA Youth Cup winning side, is expected to make his debut against Frome on Saturday having recently left Shamrock Rovers.
Town's scheduled trip to Gosport Borough tomorrow evening has been postponed due to a broken boiler. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 6.