VIDEO: United Counties Premier Division: King’s Lynn Town 5, Cogenhoe United 1
King's Lynn Town hammered Cogenhoe United at The Walks tonight as the United Counties Premier Division title race continues to hot up.
Two stunning long-range strikes from Luke Thurlbourne, a brace from Jason Turner and a goal from Jack Defty helped the Linnets pick up another three points. However, title rivals Long Buckby kept pace with table-topping Lynn by winning 1-0 at Peterborough Northern Star.
Ross Watson and Jordan Yong both returned to Lynn's defence after missing Saturday's win at Northampton Spencer through injury. Centre-back Ryan Fryatt dropped to the bench while make-shift left-back for the weekend, Jamie Thurlbourne, returned to his usual midfield position out wide.
Danny Beaumont swapped to the right-hand side of the Linnets' midfield allowing Danny White to return to a central role in place of Rob Hughes who missed out because of a back problem.
Gary Setchell's side started slowly but took the lead in the 13th minute when an unmarked Defty headed home Jamie Thurlbourne's cross. Lynn grabbed the game's second goal just before the half-hour when Turner headed home Beaumont's superb delivery to bag his first goal at The Walks since joining the Linnets in February.
The visitors pulled one back quickly as they caught Lynn on the counter impressively once more and this time Sam Heavey, in acres of space, slotted home Alfie Taylor's pass. Andy Mark's side nearly equalised moments later but Taylor's shot was saved by Alex Street even though he was presented with a similarly inviting one-on-one opportunity.
Luke Thurlbourne made the visitors pay when he scored his first great goal of the night from 30 yards to give the Linnets a 3-1 half-time lead.
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Matt Gearing crashed a header against Street's bar before Turner missed a sitter to increase Lynn's advantage when he headed at Lutter from close range when it looked easier to score. However, he scored his second, and Lynn's fourth, when he bundled home the ball home into an empty net after Defty had headed another fine Beaumont cross again the post.
Steve Spriggs nearly scored seconds after coming on while Robbie Harris should have added a fifth but he over-hit a pass when trying to unselfishly square for Turner to complete his hat-trick instead of going for goal himself.
Thurlbourne bagged his second screamer of the night to put the gloss on Lynn's victory when he rifled another long-distance shot home in the 80th minute.
• King's Lynn: Street, Deeney, Watson, Wall, Yong, Beaumont, L.Thurlbourne, White (Buhlemann, 78), J.Thurlbourne (Spriggs, 70), Defty (Harris, 75), Turner.
Subs not used: Hails, Fryatt.
• Booked: Yong
• Goals: Defty (13), Turner (28, 65), L.Thurlbourne (37, 80)
• Cogenhoe: Lutter, Urquart, Lukeman, McGowan (Gillinwater, 74), Bushell, Leah, Gearing, Ainge, Bates (Wells, 66), Taylor (Phipps-Norton, 73), Heavey.
Subs not used: Leslie, Herbert.
• Booked: Lukeman, Urquart, McGowan and Leah.
• Goal: Heavey (34)
• Referee: T.Basker
• Attendance: 403
• Video highlights provided by King's Lynn Town Football Club.