King's Lynn Town 3 Hitchin Town 2
Saturday 16th March
LEAGUE TABLES
Saturday 16th March
Evo-Stik Southern Prem
01 Kettering Town 35 79
02 Stourbridge 35 71
03 King's Lynn Town 34 61
04 Stratford Town 34 60
05 AFC Rushden & D'nds 35 57
06 Alvechuch 32 56
07 Biggleswade Town 35 55


Thurlow Nunn Div One
12  Debenham LC 31 37
13  Leiston Reserves 27 32
14  Diss Town 28 30
15  King's Lynn Res 28 29
16  Haverhill Borough 27 23
17  Needham Market Res 30 20
18  Felixstowe Reserves 30 19


Hitchin came to The Walks having conceded just one goal in the last five games so presenting Lynn with a two-goal lead after twelve minutes seemed unlikely but that is what happened, although the windy conditions did have a say in proceedings.
Aaron Jones sat the game out, beginning his three-match suspension, with Ryan Fryatt filling the right-back role and Joe Robinson coming in at centre-half.
Lynn, with the wind behind them, wasted no time with Adam Marriott seeing his first-minute shot go just wide and four minutes later Lynn went in front.
A Hitchin free kick saw Michael Clunan break away down the right and his ball found Marriott in space to easily beat defender Jack Greene and plant the ball past visiting ’keeper Tiernan Parker.
The wind played a part in Lynn’s second goal, holding up a clearance from the Hitchin defence and allowing Chris Henderson latch onto the ball and set up Jordan Richards to score from the edge of the area, his first goal for the club.
Marriott then tested Parker with a shot which the ’keeper parried but the Canaries managed to regroup from the shocking start and Isaac Galliford slid a shot wide of Alex Street’s right-hand post.
Lynn produced a couple of efforts from Henderson and Frazer Blake-Tracy but the visitors pulled themselves back into the game three minutes before half-time A free kick conceded by Michael Gash saw the ball floated in
the ball was floated into the area and nodded down by Dan Webb for Ezra Forde, who tapped home from close range.
Gash had a chance to restore the margin two minutes later. He received a ball from Clunan at the far post but his close-range volley was turned away by Parker for a corner.
The wind, if anything, grew stronger and played a part in Lynn’s third goal on 62 minutes. A free kick was floated into the box and in the ensuing panic Noah Chesmain, pressured by Rory McAuley, touched the ball into his own net.
Marriott had a chance to put the result beyond doubt but prodded wide and a tense finish ensued.
Jay Bird had a 25-yard shot tipped away by Street but moments later he put in a similar shot which gave Street no chance and brought the score back bring the score to 3-2 on 70 minutes.
Street did well dive at the feet of Ezra Forde and then Jay Dowie missed a good chance with two minutes left when he fired wide.
Lynn: Street, Robinson, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Hawkins 81). Subs: Hawkins, Parker, Mellors-Blair, Limb, Congreve. Booked: McAuley, Robinson. Richards, Clunan. Scorers: Marriott 5. Richards 12, Chesmain own goal 62
Hitchin: Parker, Green, Chesmain, Dowie, Webb, Bickerstaff, Cain, Draper, Forde (Belgrove 88), Galliford, Bird (Penfold 85). Subs: Cue, Ryan, Penfold, Belgrove, Mensah. Booked: Dowie, Draper, Webb. Scorers: Forde 42. Bird 70
Attendance: 656