Linnets fire promotion warning

King's Lynn 2, Chippenham 0: Lynn fired out a promotion warning to their Southern League, Premier Division rivals with an incident-packed win. John Turner's clinical close range strike and Michael Frew's stunning 30-yard half volley either side of the interval grabbed a deserved victory.

King's Lynn 2, Chippenham 0

Lynn fired out a promotion warning to their Southern League, Premier Division rivals with an incident-packed win.

John Turner's clinical close range strike and Michael Frew's stunning 30-yard half volley either side of the interval grabbed a deserved victory.

Chippenham midfielder Kye Holly was dismissed just shy of the hour mark after two cautions within seconds for dissent before Bluebirds' defender Kevin Halliday smashed a late penalty against Scott Howie's crossbar.

"We got out of jail a little with that," said Linnets' boss Keith Webb. "If the penalty goes in the game might've been a lot different. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck. Apart from the penalty and one other shot I can't remember them causing us too many problems. It was a good solid performance."

Webb had no complaints over the Bluebirds' spot-kick after rugged defender Ben Chapman rashly upended Dave Pratt.

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"It was a penalty - no question," said Webb. "You don't want to take the aggression out of his game because that is the nature of the beast. I'll sit down with him and have a word because other teams we come up against will look and think they might be able to get something out of that type of situation."

Shaun Carey's late cameo sparked the biggest cheer of the afternoon on his first team return since suffering a horrific double leg break last season. Carey partnered former Norwich team mate Craig Fleming in a revamped midfield engine room - Fleming pushed further forward to accommodate fit again skipper Mark Warren.

Andrew Fisk made way for the re-deployed Fleming with Turner preferred to Danny Bloomfield alongside Matt Nolan in attack.

Lynn's top goal scorer terrorised the Bluebirds in the early exchanges - Halliday hacking his goalbound effort clear with Frew ready to pounce before keeper Chris Snoddy clutched his glancing header.

Fleming burst from his new midfield station to float over a dangerous centre grasped by Snoddy at the second attempt.

The former Norwich captain earned an unwanted card after reacting angrily to Halliday's flying lunge - referee Kirkup booking the principles after order was restored.

Snoddy acrobatically tipped over Frew's stinging effort after a slaloming run. Sean Seavill's swivelling strike rolled inches past Howie's right hand post after Lye's cute inside pass split the Linnets' rearguard.

Turner nudged Lynn ahead in the closing stages of the half - reacting sharply to divert Joe Francis' near post cross. Snoddy's sprawling stop then denied Turner in first half stoppage time from Nolan's weighted throughball.

Gullick's ambitious strike flew wide on the restart after Howie's attempted clearance dropped to the Chippenham hitman.

Frew's instinctive brilliance doubled Lynn's advantage - advancing onto Dean West's throw to crash an unstoppable half volley over Snoddy. The blond midfielder's now familiar bare chested celebration ended with a predictable booking.

Chippenham's comeback hopes receded when Holly was sent off. The midfielder compounded his initial caution for dissent after Mark Camm had been upended with a fresh bout of back chat as the Bluebirds' wall was marched ten yards back.

Francis' delicious set piece flew a yard wide before Snoddy went full length to claw out Nolan's right footer.

Chapman's lunge at Pratt offered Chippenham a late lifeline but Halliday's left footed penalty hammered the top of Lynn's bar.

King's Lynn: Howie, West, Chapman, Warren, C Defty, Camm, Frew (Carey 80), Fleming, Turner (Bloomfield 71), Nolan (J Defty 76), Francis. Subs (not used): Murray, Fisk.

Bookings: Fleming, Nolan, Chapman

Goals: Turner (41), Frew (50)

Chippenham: Snoddy, Adams, Halliday, Metitiri, Peckham, Harvey (Badman 70), Lye, Gullick, Seavill (Reid 61), Holly, Allison (Pratt 61). Subs (not used): Cornwall, Etheridge.

Bookings: Halliday, Adams. Sending off: Holly

Referee: P Kirkup (Northants)

Attendance: 1,087