Photo Gallery: Evo-Stik Division One South: King’s Lynn Town 3, Coalville Town 1
King's Lynn Town ended Coalville's unbeaten league record after an electric 90 minutes of football at The Walks tonight.
A sensational start from Lynn saw them go 2-0 up inside 12 minutes thanks to goals from Steve Spriggs and Jason Turner. But Ryan Robbins' replied to keep things interesting - and both sides slugged it out until Spriggs notched again to wrap up his side's win.
To add even more drama to the top-of-the-table clash, the game was littered with off-the-field incidents - during the game and at full time - on a night that never looked likely to disappoint the huge crowd of 1,123.
With the Ravens sitting top of Evo-Stik Division One South, and Lynn one place behind them going into the game, it was always likely to be a spicy affair. But given the fact the sides' FA Vase semi-final matches two seasons ago were marred by crowd trouble there was always going to be an even more tense feeling in the air than normal.
And the blue touch paper was lit even before the first goal went in with parts of the fence behind Lynn's 'Hospital End' goal being kicked through by supporters, thought to be from Leicestershire.
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The action one the pitch was equally dramatic with Spriggs and Turner netting to put their rampant side two goals ahead inside 15 minutes. First, Spriggs stroked the ball into a virtually empty net following a fine cutback from Russell Dunkley. And then minutes later Turner slotted home on the turn to cap a wonderful start for Gary Setchell's rampant side.
The visitors pulled a goal back some five minutes later with their first chance of the game as Robbins latched on to Jerome Murdock's slide-rull pass and slotted home from close range.
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A considered spell of pressure on Danny Gay's goal followed with the Lynn 'keeper saving from Cameron Stuart and defender Phil Gulliver hooking off his own line. But the hosts still looked threatening themselves with Spriggs crashing a shot against the bar and Dan Quigley missing a sitter.
Murdock lashed a ball into Lynn's supporters at half-time and Robbins got involved in a spat with Lynn fans - which hardly helped calm matters. And the drama continued once the action resumed as Callum Woodward struck a post for Coalville and Danny Davidson had a goal disallowed. But Lynn wrapped up their win - after Dunkley had a strike disallowed - when Spriggs netted his second from 18 yards before a skirmish near the tunnel at the final whistle soured Lynn's sixth win on the bounce.
Lynn: Gay, Watson, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (Beaumont, 89), Quigley, Bunting, Thurlbourne (Bexfield, 70), Dunkley, Turner (Forshaw, 58). Subs not used: Fryatt, Street. Booked: Quigley, Spriggs. Goals: Spriggs (8, 88), Turner (12)
Coalville: Bowles, Jenno, Stuart, Miveld, Hill, Powell (Davidson, 56), Woodland, Dodd, Carney (Carline, 78), Murdock, Robins. Subs not used: Blankley, Leigh, Gibson. Booked: Jenno, Stuart. Goal: Robbins (18)
Referee: G Law