Mulready stakes his King’s Lynn Town claim with a delightful double

Sam Mulready made his point with a two-goal display for the Linnets. Picture: IAN BURT

Sam Mulready made his point with a two-goal display for the Linnets. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Two-goal hero Sam Mulready hopes this will be the season he finally makes his mark at The Walks.

The 22-year-old has shown glimpses of the potential that nearly saw him make it at Grimsby Town since joining King's Lynn Town permanently in February 2013. Yet a host of injuries, and an inability to become a first-team regular, has stunted his progress under Gary Setchell.

While always impressing with his endeavour, the player known as Mullers has often failed to become the main man. Yet on Saturday when given a role as a striker alongside Toby Hilliard against high-flying Chippenham Town, the powerful attacking talent proved that he can still do the business through the middle.

Mulready said of his delightful second strike: 'I saw the defender was a big boy and I thought if I could get in I'd get him off balance, which I did. I saw the far post and the keeper was close to his front post so there was a big space. To be fair I thought I'd overcooked it but thankfully it went in. Skelmersdale away wasn't bad and the goal against Poole was good but this was up there. It was a good finish but that's what I'm here to do.

'I don't think I've done it enough. There's been bits and bobs so hopefully this will kickstart things. As a striker it's a confidence game when you start one and then are on the bench.

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'I've been injury free, touch wood, all season so hopefully we can keep going with that and get some more goals. I had a target at the start of the season, I won't say what yet, but I'm not close to it yet. Ten before Christmas would be nice.'

Mulready made it five goals in as many matches on his own turf to ensure the Linnets bounced back from their crushing midweek loss at Bedworth United. His brave slide-rule opener owed almost everything to the playmaking genius of Michael Clunan while his lob from out wide in the box in the second period left Setchell purring.

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'Sam's one of the bravest players in the squad, he'd run through a brick wall for you,' Lynn's boss said of his striker's first which saw him beat keeper Kent Kauppinen to a loose ball while on the slide.

'I want him to play and score. The trouble with young lads is they come in, do well, think they've cracked it then have a poor game. What a goal his second was. It was like Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp. I was thinking what are you doing? I thought he was going to cross it. What a finish.

'For me that was probably a near-on perfect performance. We worked our socks off, defensively we were solid, my goalkeeper made a couple of decent saves and we created seven or eight good chances, hit the post twice and scored two.'

- Click here to read a match report and see a photo gallery from Saturday's game.

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