Southern League Premier Division: King’s Lynn Town 1 Hitchin Town 0

John Sands went close with this effort in the second half against Hitchin. Picture: Ian Burt

John Sands went close with this effort in the second half against Hitchin. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Home debutant John Sands struck a classy winner as Lynn refused to give up on their play-off dreams.

The Linnets knew only a victory would do at The Walks last night to keep their ever-fading hopes of securing a top-five finish alive. And it was Sands who ensured that Town remained just, just, in the Southern Premier League Division hunt to reach the end-of-season shootout for promotion.

The loan striker's first goal in his second appearance was enough to settle a nervy encounter against fifth-placed Hitchin. But more importantly it closed the gap between his temporary side and their visitors – who have played a game more – to eight points with eight matches to play.

The game's defining moment came in the 70th minute when Sands proved why he's confident enough to use the name @scoresforfun on Twitter. There looked little on when he collected the ball from Michael Clunan, who had played a neat one-two with Lee Stevenson, but Sands half volleyed into the bottom corner on the turn to announce his arrival at The Walks in style.

It had looked like being a horror evening for Gary Setchell's Lynn with defender Matty Castellan and midfielder Lee Smith being forced off before the interval with injuries. Castellan was taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose while the latter was hit with a quad problem.


You may also want to watch:


The problems kept mounting when Sam Mulready struck the bar and wasted a great chance for the Linnets – who had failed to win in three matches. But Sands showed his killer instinct to ensure Lynn's bid is not quite dead and buried just yet.

Lynn: Street, R Fryatt, Miller, Castellan (Gaughran, 28), Yong, Clunan, Zielonka (Hurst, 71), Smith (Bridges, 45), Stevenson, Mulready, Sands. Subs not used: Hilliard, Edge. Booked: Bridges. Goal: Sands (70)

Most Read

Hitchin: Horlock, Spence, Webb, Rolfe, Walster, Ann, McNamara, C Donnelly, Burns (Wright, 46), Kirkpatrick (Frendo, 75), B Donnelly. Subs not used: MacDevitt, Barnes, Palmiero. Booked: Ann

Referee: M Wilson

Attendance: 366

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus