Rothwell Corinthians 1, King’s Lynn 5

Lynn supersub Robbie Harris celebrated his landmark occasion in style with another strike in the club's latest UCL romp.

Harris capped a memorable week with the fifth on his 100th appearance for the Linnets just days after a pivotal cameo in the home grind over Blackstones.

The striker sealed an emphatic win for second-placed Town, tainted only by Jamie Thurlbourne's sending off which also saw joint boss Gary Setchell sent from the dug-out for continuing his protests with the officials.

Thurlbourne was dismissed for two bookable offences just past the hour mark and is now poised to miss the club's FA Vase tie against Gorleston next month.

Skipper Jack Defty moved clear at the top of the league scoring charts with a brace after Tom Johnson's free-kick nudged the hosts in front.


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Kieran Doherty's speculative cross sailed in just before the interval before Spriggs and Harris pounced on the re-start.

'It was quite special to score and it's a nice achievement for me,' said Harris. 'Particularly because most of the games were at a much higher level so, yes, I'm definitely quite proud to play 100 games for the club.

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'First half, wasn't brilliant. We were sort of hit and miss. We started off all right, maybe took our foot off the gas a little bit, and they came into it more but, second half, we played quite well and we deserved to win in the end.'

Harris admitted Thurlbourne's exit was a sour note.

'We felt at the time the first one might be a case of mistaken identity because it looked like it was actually his brother who tripped the player,' he said.

'The referee said later it was for dissent so whether he said anything or not, I'm not sure. He'll probably miss the FA Vase game which I guess is some consolation that it isn't a league match.

'He is a great talent and he is still quite young and in my mind can definitely progress and play higher. Obviously what he can do at set-pieces stands out, but his delivery into the box for people like Jack is fantastic as well.'

Thurlbourne's pending absence could inadvertently hand Harris a starting berth after losing his place in recent games.

'I scored a hat-trick a couple of weeks or so ago but I was a bit disappointed with how I played in the next few games when I started,' he said.

'All credit to Spriggsy, he has been put up top and scored something like five goals in his last three games so there isn't much I can say at the moment. I just have to fight for my place back.

'There's a lot of competition up front at the club and it's a headache for Setch and Boony (Kevin Boon) – but probably a nice one.

'We know full well we could end up with nothing, so at the moment it's really about focusing on the next game – and that is Sleaford away.

'We'll just keep our feet on the ground and hopefully we can get something out of the season, whether it's a good FA Vase run or the league, we'll have to wait and see.'

• Rothwell Corinthians: Waters, Torrence, T Johnson (Whitmore 53), Deacon, Farrell, Hockridge, D Morris (Hay 59), Jones, Ielapi, S Morris, B Johnson. Subs (not used): Redding, Plowright.

• King's Lynn: Street, Bexfield, Alsop, L Thurlbourne (Harris 84), McNeil, Buhlemann, Spriggs, White, Defty (Cubberley 81), Doherty, J Thurlbourne. Subs (not used): Smith, Fryatt.

• Attendance: 162.

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