Linton at the double to keep Linnets hopes alive

Malachi Linton struck twice for King's Lynn Town at Aldershot

Malachi Linton struck twice for King's Lynn Town at Aldershot - Credit: Ian Burt

King’s Lynn Town kept alive their faint hopes of escaping the drop after a stunning win at Aldershot. 

Two goals from Malachi Linton and a late header from fellow striker Gold Omotayo earned Lynn all three points away from home for the first time since Tommy Widdrington was appointed manager in December. 

Lynn rode their luck early on, with the hosts twice hitting the woodwork, before Linton put them ahead on 20 minutes, when he turned in Josh Barrett’s cross from the left. Linton struck again on 56 minutes and then turned provider in time added on when his cross found Omotayo.

“I am delighted,” Widdrington told BBC Radio Norfolk. “We have been close on numerous occasions, if I’m honest. The quality of the pitch is good, it allows you to pass it and we want to try and pass it, and it it is a truer run when you want to play a little bit longer. 

“I thought we scored three great goals, defended manfully in terms of people putting their bodies on the line, people putting their head on balls when they are coming in our box, and I am very well aware we led a bit of a charmed life early in the match, but then it is about managing the situation, from my point of view from the side, but also I think the lads deserved a lot of credit.  

“People say 2-0 is a dodgy scoreline – give me 2-0 every time, I’ll take that, but I thought they managed the game out well. There were a couple of scares, but nothing that had my heart rate above 130.” 

 Lynn remain second from bottom, a point behind Weymouth and 10 behind Aldershot, who have a game in hand. 

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The Linnets return to The Walks on Tuesday when they face leaders Stockport before another home game, against third-placed FC Halifax, next Saturday. 

Aldershot: Ross. Lokko, Lyons-Foster (Willard 61), Berkeley-Agyepong, Panayiotou, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Glover (Whittingham 75), Jordan, Sylla, Harris (Matthews 61), Daniel.  Subs not used: Walker, Phillips.

King's Lynn Town: P Jones, Denton, Clunan, Hickman (A Jones 50), Omotayo, Linton, McGavin (Sundire 86), Barrett (Scott 80) , Barrows, Hargreaves, Coulson. Subs not used: Fennandez, Kurran-Browne.