King’s Lynn Town 3 Banbury United 1: It’s all about the small steps for join Linnets chief

PUBLISHED: 15:06 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 30 September 2018

Robbie Back was delighted with his side's win over Banbury. Picture: Ian Burt

Robbie Back was delighted with his side's win over Banbury. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town secured their first home league win of the season with a competent victory over Banbury.

Michael Gash marked his first start following an injury lay-off with an early goal whilst a Michael Clunan penalty and sumptuous Harry Limb rocket in the second half meant the result was never in doubt for Lynn.

Joint boss Rob Back was pleased with his side’s display but believes there is room for improvement.

“First the lads have done well, closing down the opposition very well and implementing a game plan, which we asked them to. I did think though that early on we were a little sloppy with our passing and could have been a touch more clinical with our finishing. We could have gone off four up at the break which maybe sounds a little strange when you see the score. The majority of this team laid down an impressive marker last season with the results and performances they achieved and put in. At the moment with us it’s about small steps. I thought Ryan Jarvis and Michael Clunan were superb as was Ryan Hawkins again.

“The defence are disappointed to concede late on to lose the clean sheet but I really have to be happy with the first home league win, which has removed the monkey from our backs.”

Lynn began as bright as the autumn Walks sunshine and were ahead after only six minutes when the persistence of Frazer Blake-Tracy down the left gave him the chance to pull the ball back for Gash to guide home from 10 yards past the helpless Jack Harding.

The early breakthrough seemed to rattle the visiting Puritans as Jarvis saw a shot deflected, Craig Parker dipped over from range and Harding denied Limb in a one-on-one situation, all in quick succession.

Former Linnet Steve Diggin tested Alex Street at his near post as Banbury briefly threatened but the action quickly returned to the other end with Gash and Limb both off target with headers.

Ravin Shamsi curled wide and almost took advantage of a poor Street kick with another effort at the start of the second spell but it seemed only a matter of time before a second goal and this duly arrived shortly before the hour.

Hawkins cut into the box and drew a clumsy challenge from Charlie Wise which gave Callum Walchester no option but to point to the spot. Clunan duly doubled his side’s advantage which he confidently did.

The goal of the game arrived moments later when the hardworking Limb burst down the touchline before cutting inside and unleashing a thunderbolt of a shot from a seemingly impossible angle which flashed past a startled Harding and into the roof of the net making the game safe for the home team.

Giorgio Rasulo pulled a goal back towards the end for the visitors but by then they were a well beaten team.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Parker (Richards), Gash, Limb (Hilliard), Hawkins. Subs not use: Thomas, Stewart, Congreve.

Banbury: Harding, Ngathe (Odhiambo), Martin (Finch),Nash, Wise, Shamsi, Hawtin, Self, Johnson, Diggin (Awadh), Rasulo. Unused subs: Heapy, Bell.

Referee: Callum Walchester (Lowestoft)

Attendance: 575

Before the match the Linnets announced the signing of Chris Henderson, 28, from Leiston. The former Lowestoft Town man has penned a two-year deal at The Walks and could make his debut in tomorrow’s League Cup tie with Peterborough Sports.

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