Video: Friendly: St Neots Town 4, King’s Lynn Town 5
- Credit: IAN BURT
Lynn returned to winning ways in a pre-season thriller last night.
In a game littered with chances, outrageous pieces of skill and plenty of attacking intent, Gary Setchell's men recovered from slow starts to both halves to bounce back from a weekend defeat at Lowestoft Town.
Dalton Harris put Lynn's fellow Step Three opponents ahead in the second minute before Jay Davies doubled the Saints' advantage with a well-hit drive. Trialist Ewan Clarke - partnered by fellow Linnets' hopeful and ex-Spalding and Stamford player Gary King up top - reduced the arrears with an angled finish.
But a minute after the re-start a sublime pass from Dion Sembie-Ferris played in Davies and he seated Jordan Yong and Danny Gay with a dazzling piece of trickery before rolling the ball into an empty net to grab his second of the night.
Ex-Saints ace Dan Jacob pulled one back for the visitors but teenager Sembie-Ferris stole the show again by dusting Yong for pace, rounding Gay and slotting home.
However, the scoring wasn't over as Dan Quigley lashed home a 30-yarder. And two goals in the final 10 minutes won it for Setchell's side.
First, Richard Bunting picked out marauding right-back Valter Fernandes with a great ball and he lobbed Niall Conroy after cutting inside. The drama still wasn't over though as in the 90th minute Sam Mulready hit the bar but followed up his rebound to seal his team's thrilling win.
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It was a friendly that offered almost everything, like the Linnets' recent 5-2 win at AFC Sudbury, and the chances came thick and fast from the off.
Some suspect defending aided the evening's excitement and Harris was the first to benefit from a high line by racing through to open the scoring.
Lynn centre-back Jason Lee should have levelled things up but he, unmarked about six to 10 yards out, headed over Steve Spriggs' driven free-kick.
Harris pulled a shot over before Davies showed him how it was done by cutting in off the left flank and finding the net, albeit with the help of Danny Gay's post.
Left-back Ash Fuller's mazy run nearly ended in the Southern Premier Division outfit's third but his attempt lacked the direction of Lynn defender Ryan Clarke's brother, Ewan, three minutes later.
Frontman Clarke showed good chest control to bring down George Thomson's pin-point through ball and produced an even better finish to put the Northern Premier new-boys back in the game.
He should have doubled his account with a header, and Lee later fired wide, while at the other end Gay made three great saves to deny Joe Benjamin, Harris and Adrian Sear – the latter a stunning stop from point-blank range.
A thrill-a-minute first-half soon came to a close, making way for an even more incredible second.
In less than 60 seconds, St Neots' under-18 protege Sembie–Ferris picked out Davies and he couldn't miss after turning Lynn's left-back and 'keeper inside out.
Not to be outdone, former Rowley Park hero Jacob – known as Breezy – quickly nicked the ball off Dan Crowie, strode forward and calmly beat Conroy. 3-2. Game on.
Sembie-Ferris' speed was evident once more just before the hour mark as he outstripped rapid defender Yong for pace before getting the better of Gay and stroking the ball into an empty net. Game off.
Despite being 4-2 down, the visitors kept pouring forward with Jacob going close with a cross-come-shot and substitute Mulready almost lobbing Saints' shot-stopper Conroy.
But they did pull one back when Quigley rifled home a rasper and sensationally pulled level with three minutes left when Fernandes finished off a sublime move which involved the central-midfield trio for the last 30 minutes or so of Bunting, Quigley and Ross Watson. Game drawn? No chance.
Incredibly, there was still time for more breathless action as Ed Gomes headed against the bar with Lynn chasing an unlikely winner – which they found at the death when Mulready notched for the first time this pre-season following fine tracking back, again, from the supreme Jacob.
The Linnets return to action on Saturday at Bury Town.
St Neots: Conroy, Rogers, Fuller (Sembie–Ferris, 41), Sear, Crowie (Sharman, 79), Hoyte, Meech, Davies, Benjamin, Harris (Wood, 46), Hilliard (Sellick, 67). Goals: Harris (2), Davies (25, 46), Sembie–Ferris (58)
Lynn: Gay (Street, 62), R. Clarke (Fernandes, 76), Lee, Fryatt (Gulliver, 46), Yong (Watson, 62), Spriggs (Butt, 46), Thomson (Bunting, 46), Quigley, Jacob, E. Clarke (Mulready, 62), King (Gomes, 76). Goals: E. Clarke (31), Jacob (49), Quigley (79), Fernandes (87), Mulready (90)
Referee: A. Young
- Video highlights provided by King's Lynn Town Football Club's YouTube channel.
? See tomorrow's EDP for Lynn boss Setchell's explosive rant about some of his players' 'despicable' first-half display.