Raunds 0, King’s Lynn 3
An emphatic first half performance helped King's Lynn go top of the UCL Premier Division in Northamptonshire last night.
Town scored all their goals before the interval before easing through the rest of the match – perhaps with one eye on Saturday's FA Vase quarter-final against Rye United.
It was a night when everything went right for the Norfolk side who also saw Alex Street save a penalty in a victory that was enough to help them leapfrog St Neots into pole-position. St Neots have the chance to respond on Wednesday evening when they travel to Blackstones who earned a recent draw at Rowley PArk in the corresponding fixture.
The Linnets, making their first visit to Kiln Park for a number of years, made a brisk start with Dubie Ogbonna – starting in place of Jack Defty – combining well with Steve Spriggs, whose shot on the turn was inches wide.
It was a warning of things to come, for after only nine minutes Lynn took the lead when Jamie Thurlbourne brought the ball along the goal-line to play in Ogbonna, who fired past Lee Windrum in the home goal.
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The Linnets increased the lead four minutes later when Spriggs burst into the penalty area only to be brought down by Tom Scarrett. Jamie Thurlbourne tucked away the resulting spot kick for his 17th of the campaign.
The Linnets, now well on top, scored a third after 28 minutes when, after Patrick Bexfield was impeded, Spriggs won the loose ball and Bexfield – having returned to his feet – put a low shot past Windrum.
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The Shopmates had a chance to reduce the arrears after 31 minutes when a Lynn defender was judged to have handled in the area but Street got down well to his right to turn away Ian Blackie's penalty.
The second half was a largely disappointing affair as Lynn continued to dominate proceedings without making much impact on the home defence.
One rare bright moment saw Spriggs and Bexfield combine on the right before the former crossed for Ogbonna to connect with a powerful header which was superbly saved by Windrum.
The lively Lynn leader then brought another sharp save from the keeper with a low 25-yard drive.