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Redditch 0 King's Lynn Town 1: Old heads Simon Lappin and Michael Gash combine to earn valuable win

PUBLISHED: 13:51 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 March 2018

Michael Gash's second-half goal was enough to earn King's Lynn Town three points. Picture: Ian Burt

Michael Gash's second-half goal was enough to earn King's Lynn Town three points. Picture: Ian Burt

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King's Lynn Town relied on experience as they secured a vital single goal victory at the Trico Stadium on Saturday.

Former Canary Simon Lappin provide the ammunition for Michael Gash just after the hour mark to keep their promotion aspirations alive on a weekend when all of their main rivals also collected maximum points.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse praised his side’s grit and determination as they ground out the three important points.

“I said beforehand that I would take a scruffy 1-0 and whilst in my opinion it wasn’t scruffy we had to show a lot of resolve to finally get over the line,” he said.

“I was a little surprised at their tactics and we had to adapt. You look at their record of only two defeats here before today and scoring almost 50 goals in the process I thought they would have a go at us, but they decided to sit back, trying to soak up the pressure and play on the counter.

“I felt we were comfortable before we scored and if I have to be critical I would have liked us to have been a little more sharper today in the final third. If we had been, the margin of victory would have been wider and possibly more of a reflection on the game overall.

“Our management of the game was good and it’s three more points in the account so we now move onto Tuesday evening with Basingstoke coming up to ours.”

The first half was a war of attrition as both sides worked hard to find a breakthrough with neither creating much in the way of scoring opportunities. Ryan Hawkins’ centre picked out Gash who headed over and Hawkins then had a shot blocked by Ethan Ross in the home goal. Frazer Blake-Tracy’s tame header failed to test Ross and Lappin sent a 30-yarder straight at the keeper.

Town increased the tempo after the break. Ryan Jarvis was inches away with a shot from distance before the pressure finally told in the 63rd minute as Lappin delivered a delicious cross and Gash rose high at the back post to power the ball home.

Substitute Leon Mettam fired at Ross and Cameron Norman’s low driven centre evaded three Linnets forwards as the visitors probed for the second. At the other end a swift home counter saw Adam Davie inches away from connecting to Montel Gibson’s centre. Late on Craig Parker should have wrapped things up for Lynn but his final effort lacked pace to trouble the home goal.

Redditch: Ross, Wright, Fox, Jackman (Gibson 66), Fishwick, Muton, Dunkley (Davie 71), Sammons, Fleetwood, Weir, Page. Subs not used: Platt, McKenzie, Ezewele.

Lynn: Street, Norman, Blake-Tracy, Fryatt, Ward, Jarvis, Clunan, Hilliard (Mettam 60), Gash, Hawkins (Parker 60), Lappin. Subs: Siddons, King, Frary. Goal: Gash 63

Referee: Darren Wilding. Att: 381.

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