Sunday, February 10, 2013

King's Lynn Town 2 Rainworth Miners Welfare 0

Yesterday it stopped raining / snowing / sleeting for long enough for them to be some football. After watching Crusaders beat Manea I decided that it would be worth braving the cold for a trip to the Walks to see King's Lynn take on Rainworth Miners Welfare. I was especially keen to go, as I always enjoy a trip to the Walks and the weather and work commitments for the last couple of months and the coming couple of months don't seem too conducive to seeing as much football as I would like. On top of that Rainworth are a bit of a blast from the past, as are a lot of clubs playing in the Northern Premier Division 1 South this year.

King's Lynn are currently 4th in the table, but have several games in hand and should make the play-offs, as Coalville seem to have top place sewn up already. Rainworth meanwhile are in mid-table, which for a team of limited resources is pretty decent too. Lynn may have expected to dominate the game, but it started off pretty evenly matched. For the opening half hour both teams created chances, although none that really worried either of the goalkeepers. King's Lynn looked decent going forward down the wings, but the deliveries from Stephen Spriggs on the right and Jamie Thurlbourne on the left lacked accuracy. Rainworth also had chances, but seemed to lack creativity up front and seemed to pose the most threat from set pieces, which might explain why they seemed to buy free kicks as soon as they were in shooting range.

The breakthrough that the game was looking for finally came on 30 minutes when Spriggs was upended in the box and took the subsequent penalty to put the Linnets 1-0 up. Lynn then started to dominate and finished the half in the ascendancy. Shane Tolley came close to putting the home side 2-0 up before the break, but the half finished with the Linnets 1-0 up. Some tough tackling from both teams spilled over into a bit of handbags at half time as the teams left the pitch, which let's be honest seems to be a rather frequent occurrence at the Walks.

The second half started in a very different fashion to how the first half finished. Rainworth clearly had the upper hand, but continued to lack imagination in front of goal and tended to rely on long throws and set pieces, which to be honest never looked really effective.On the hour mark Danny Beaumont made way for George Thomson and 5 minutes later Spriggs was replaced by Charlie Butt in an attempt to freshen things up in midfield. It seemed to do the trick as on 71 minutes a corner from Butt wasn't dealt with properly by Rainworth and Watson found the back of the net to leave the visitors chasing a 2-0 lead.

Tempers were getting a bit frayed in the last 10 minutes, but Rainworth were left licking their wounds as Lynn managed to closer the game out to record a 2-0 victory.

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