King's Lynn Town F.C
Mitchell 81, 86 pen
Mitchell at the double for Linnets
- Credit: Ian Burt
Kairo Mitchell returned from international duty with a brace of goals to clinch successive home league wins for the Linnets.
The Grenada striker struck twice in the space of five minutes, the first just shortly after Michael Gash had wasted a chance from the penalty spot.
Teenage midfielder Joe Gascoigne made his senior debut for the Linnets, who were without the injured Michael Clunan (ankle ligaments) and Simeon Jackson (hamstring) as well as the long-term absentees and furloughed players.
Lynn remain second from bottom of the table, but immediately above them Weymouth and Woking both lost - and Lynn have games in hand.
Their remaining matches may be ‘dead rubbers’, with no relegation this troubled season, but Lynn will see it as a matter of pride to avoid finishing in what would have been the drop zone.
Patience and determination were the order of the day against an Altrincham side who just a fortnight ago had beaten Lynn 3-0 at their place.
The visitors had arguably the best of the first-half opportunities – a great block by Elkan Baggott denied Joshua Hancock in the area and when the ball came out to Ryan Colclough on the left side of the area, instead of clipping it in he fired in a piledriver which slammed against the bar.
Colclough had another go, from distance, but his curler was easy for keeper Theo Richardson.
Altrincham enjoyed plenty of possession but the Linnets were happy to let them - only engaging when the red shirts advanced midway through their half of the pitch.
Mitchell – who played a full game for Grenada against El Salvador in a World Cup qualifier – looked sharp and tested the keeper from a tight angle, having been fed in by Michael Gyasi.
Colclough should have put the visitors ahead when he out-muscled Baggott in pursuit of a long ball into the area by Sean Williams, but after doing the hard work, shot high and not so handsome.
Mitchell then teed up Carey with a lovely low ball into the area from the left wing. Carey needed one touch, but glanced it wide of the right post.
Carey then fired over after a long run from inside his own half by Gyasi.
Hancock brought the best out of Richards with a curler that stretched the Lynn keeper.
Gascoigne’s debut ended on 59 minutes when he was replaced by Cameron King, back after injury, and the youngster should remember his first senior appearance with some pride – he never shied away from the ball, nor from a tackle.
There is a desire to build from within at The Walks, and if Gascoigne is the new kid off the block, then the future will be bright. Manager Ian Culverhouse took his time to give Carey a regular run of starts, but the reward has been a string of top-quality performances that has attracted a regular row of scouts back to games.
Mitchell had a great opportunity to break the deadlock on 74 minutes but his sidefooted effort lacked power and keeper Tony Thompson blocked with his left foot.
Then came an even better chance as Lynn’s subs - who had swung the game in Lynn’s favour - combined to earn a 78th-minute penalty – King weaved his way to the edge of the area, Gash took control and fired in a shot which Tobias Mullarkey handled. Gash stepped up, but Thompson saved well to his left.
But two minutes later both men were involved again as Lynn finally broke through.
Gash, on the left of the six-yard box, couldn’t quite get a shot away, King tried and was blocked but eventually the ball fell to Mitchell on the right and he fired under the keeper.
Five minutes from time Mitchell was clipped in the area by Mullarkey, got up and sent the keeper the wrong way from 12 yards to secure the points.
King’s Lynn Town: Richardson, Howard, Callan-McFadden, Baggott, Denton, Payne, Gascoigne (King 59), Coleman, Carey, Gyasi (Gash 71), Mitchell. Subs not used: Fleming, Bastock, Tsaguim.
Altrincham: Thompson, Hampson, Hannigan, Moult, Williams (Richman 83), Piggott (Ceesay 78), Hancock, Senior, Mullarkey, Hardy (Peers 62), Colclough. Subs not used: Ceesay, Bell, Ogler.