Yaxley 1, King’s Lynn Town 8
King's Lynn Town moved to the top of the UCL Premier Division on Saturday with a convincing 8-1 win over Yaxley away from home.
Hat-tricks from Danny Beaumont and Robbie Harris added the icing on the cake as the Linnets took top spot on goal difference and left joint manager Kevin Boon delighted – and determined Lynn won't be playing catch-up like last season.
'We played very, very well,' said Boon. 'It was a convincing victory – at the end of the day no matter what team you're up against, you have to beat them.
'We moved the ball around and we played exceptionally well.
'It's early but it still feels nice to be top. Last year we played catch-up to St Neots all year. We had a great run in the FA Vase and but one point last season they got 10 points clear, so we always felt we were playing catch-up.
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'So this year we're trying to keep on top of it, and if we can keep scoring goals and winning games, everybody else can look up at us and think they've got to catch us.
'The pressure is on us most games because we definitely are a football club that wants to get out of this league. But you've got to show all the other teams respect to win these games, and to be fair to Yaxley they kept going all game.'
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Stuart Wall took just two minutes to open the scoring for the visitors after a hopeful ball into the box from makeshift right-back Luke Thulborne, and he slotted past the Yaxley keeper.
On 25 minutes, striker Harris produced a fine finish to give double the Linnets' lead – but the home side threatened to work a way back into the contest when they notched just six minutes later.
But that was the only moment of danger for Lynn, who went on to take complete charge. Winter signing Beaumont gave Town their third goal of the match and on the stroke of half-time, before Wall slotted his second to leave it 4-1 at the break.
The Linnets looked just as strong in the second half and midfielder Jamie Thulborne found Harris, who made it five with a confident finish.
Beaumont showed why the management chased his signature in the winter by completing is hat-trick – his second goal coming after a pass from Jamie Thulborne, and his third just two minutes later was set up by Harris on the 84th minute.
And Harris still had time to complete a hat-trick of his own, to finalise a dominant Lynn performance.
'Any hat-trick is good and you've got to remember Robbie and Danny did play together at Dereham, so they did have a good understanding,' added Boon. 'But in all fairness everyone in the team played well.
'The most pleasing thing for myself and (joint boss Gary Setchell) Setch was that at half-time he said to them we had to keep playing football.
'We went to Sleaford in the second game of the season, went 2-0 up and winning quite easily, and we took our foot off the pedal and went to sleep.
'But at Yaxley we kept up that commitment and, scoring eight, goal difference could yet pay dividends at the end of the season – it paid dividends Saturday, because it's put us top of the table.'
• King's Lynn: Street, Luke Thurlbourne, Yong, Cousins, Wall (Fryatt), White. Spriggs (Coe), Bexfield, Harris, Beaumont, Jamie Thurlborne. Booked: Yong