Photo gallery: Evo-Stik Premier Division: King’s Lynn Town 3, Witton Albion 0
- Credit: IAN BURT
Rampant Lynn shared the goals about as they cruised to a classy victory at The Walks this afternoon.
The Linnets drew ole's from the home faithful such was their dominance during a match they could have won far more comfortably. But goals from Ryan Fryatt, Rob Duffy and Marc Goodfellow's second free-kick in as many games for his new team made it a miserable enough day for Witton – who also had a man sent off in the closing stages to compound their woe.
Gary Mills missed out for the Linnets after failing a late fitness test. New signing Massiah McDonald had to be content with a place on the bench after joining the club from Grantham Town last night.
Albion arrived on the back of an unbeaten six-game Evo-Stik Premier Division run and were looking to do the double over a side they had beaten 1-0 in August.
But despite Neville Thompson's early sighting of goal, which saw him fire over, a second victory over Gary Setchell's men this term never looked like coming.
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The hosts sprayed the ball around delightfully for most of the half and poured forward at breakneck speed. And they did it in numbers with a number of players getting a chance to get their name on the scoresheet.
Fryatt looped an effort onto the crossbar before a fine move involving Ryan Clarke and George Thomson teed up Andy Hall. However, he blazed wide.
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Yet it didn't take too long for The Walks outfit to take the lead as Fryatt hooked home Duffy's cushioned header in the eighth minute. Had the scorer of been a striker, rather than a defender, his finish wouldn't have looked out of place if he was wearing the number nine shirt.
Some one-touch football ensued as Goodfellow, Jake Jones and Hall enjoyed pockets of joy behind Duffy. But it was centre-back Fryatt who nearly doubled his side's advantage when he met a centre like a steam train but could only head wide.
Jones lifted a decent attempt over the bar and then wasted an ever better opportunity to put Lynn in control. Hall broke clear and squared for the Tamworth loanee who looked destined to score. Yet, despite it looking easier to find the net than miss, the playmaker scuffed his effort straight at keeper Matthew Cooper from close range.
The chances, and great play, kept coming. Hall had a shot tipped wide. But Duffy showed his team-mates how it was done by sidefoot volleying home Goodfellow's delicious inswinging free-kick just past the half-hour.
The home debutant pulled a drive wide as he became the last man in another excellent passage of play. And that was it for chances as the game finally slowed to a halt following the visitors' Jonathan Dawson's weak effort which failed to trouble Alex Street.
Lynn's goalie still watched on as a lonely bystander when the game restarted. It was Witton's goal that was once again in trouble. But Cooper ensured it wasn't breached in the 51st minute as he clawed away Duffy's well-hit half volley.
Goodfellow got in behind again soon after but as he went to pull the trigger Robert Bodie got a vital foot in. However, nobody could stop the left-footer in the 56th minute when he cracked home a beautiful 30-yard free-kick. It whipped in at the near post as if a superstar player like Gareth Bale had hit it.
witton never looked like getting back into it even when Setchell rung the changes. The tireless Hall left the field to a standing ovation as McDonald pulled on a Lynn shirt for the first time. Duffy was replaced by Sam Mulready. Jones made way for Greg Mills.
And while the trio, McDonald especially, looked impressive, that was it for goalscoring even though Witton ended the game with 10 men following Marc Joseph's decision to lash out at Mulready near the touchline in the closing stages.
Lynn (4–2–3–1): Street, R. Clarke, Fryatt, Lee, Yong, Hall (McDonald, 73), Thomson, Quigley, Jones (Greg Mills, 77), Goodfellow, Duffy (Mulready, 75). Subs not used: Butt, E. Clarke. Booked: Quigley, Hall. Goals: Fryatt (8), Duffy (34), Goodfellow (56)
Witton (4–3–2–1): Cooper, Brown, Joseph, Harrison, Bodie, Breeze (Gardener, 63), Hancock, Powell (Moseley, 80), Dawson (Wilson, 46), Thompson, Andrews. Subs not used: Ashworth, Plant. Booked: Brown, Powell. Sent off: Joseph (84th min). Goal: None.
Referee: N. Smith