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Stratford 1 King’s Lynn Town 5: Pressure is all on Kettering ahead of Bank Holiday showdown

PUBLISHED: 13:53 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 01 April 2018

Tom Ward scored twice in King's Lynn Town's big win at Stratford. Picture: Ian Burt

Tom Ward scored twice in King's Lynn Town's big win at Stratford. Picture: Ian Burt

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse insists the pressure is all on his opposite number Marcus Law and Kettering Town as they arrive at The Walks on Monday afternoon for a Bank Holiday promotion showdown.

Town sit two places and nine points ahead of their local rivals, having taking full advantage of the Poppies weather-related inactivity on Saturday with a thumping win at Stratford Town.

“There is absolutely no pressure on us whatsoever,” said Culverhouse. “We sit where they want to be so they are the chasers and we are the hunted.”

Lynn were ahead as early as the fourth minute when centre back Tom Ward produced a deft touch to head home Simon Lappin’s corner. Michael Gash rattled Louis Connor’s bar with a rocket header before Lynn doubled their advantage as Ward stabbed home after Gash’s shot was blocked by Connor after another Lappin corner.

Craig Parker saw his 12-yarder repelled by the busy Connor before the home side reduced the arrears courtesy of Loyiso Recci who headed past Alex Street from a Will Grocott flag kick despite loud appeals from the visiting defence that the keeper had been fouled in the process.

Town were grateful to Leon Mettam, whose scuffed finish restored their two-goal advantage inside the final ten minutes of the first half.

The game was virtually over as a contest within five minutes of the restart as home captain James Fry looped a header beyond Connor following Lappin’s centre. With the Linnets now in a comfortable position, Culverhouse was afforded the luxury of withdrawing the likes of Frazer Blake-Tracy and Gash and it was the latter’s replacement, Tom Siddons, who completed the rout with an assured low finish to round off another productive afternoon which earned Lynn their sixth consecutive victory.

“The result today was pleasing and as comprehensive as the final score shows,” added Culverhouse. “The early goals away are always most welcome and to be two ahead inside 15 minutes relieves an awful lot of pressure and apart from a period when they scored we were comfortable and able to manage the game and add a few more goals to our tally which will help with the goal difference that may be a factor at the end of the month.

“The pitch was very difficult, but credit to their grounds people who have shifted a lot of standing water to get the game on. To be honest I wouldn’t have been looking forward to coming here on a Tuesday. We have a few knocks and doubts which we have to assess on Monday. It is what it is and whatever is thrown in our way we will have to deal with it.”

Stratford: Connor, Summerfield, Evans, Thomas, Recci, Fry, Marsden (Luckie 73), Hancocks (Bako 73), Taylor, Grocott, Stephens. Subs not used: Ahenkorah, Francis, Gallinagh. Goal: Recci 17

Lynn: Street, Norman, Blake-Tracy (Frary 70), Fryatt, Ward, Jarvis, King (Clunan 63), Parker, Gash (Siddons 57), Mettam, Lappin. Subs not used: Hawkins, Hilliard. Goals: Ward 3, 12, Mettam 36, og 50, Siddons 81

Ref: Wayne Barratt. Att 282.

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