King's Lynn Town 3 Alfreton Town 2
Tuesday 3rd September
LEAGUE TABLES
Tuesday 3rd September
Vanarama National North
01 King's Lynn 9 22
02 York City 9 21
03 Chester 9 18
04 Guiseley 9 17
05 Alfreton Town 9 16
06 Leamington 8 14
07 Brackley Town 9 14


Thurlow Nunn Div One
14  Fakenham Town 6 4
15  Norwich CBS 3 3
16  Felixstowe Reserves 5 3
17  Framlingham Town 4 2
18  King's Lynn Reserves 6 2
19  Cornard United 5 2
20  Wisbech St Mary 3 0


It seems impossible. This time last year Lynn were sitting in 19th position in the Southern League Premier Division table and now, twelve months later they sit top of the Vanarama National League North with clubs like York City and Chester below them.
In terms of support, after five home league matches of the 2018-19 season the average league gate was 617, now it is very nearly five hundred more than that.
For the visit of Alfreton, Lynn welcomed back Adam Marriott from injury with Sam Kelly dropping to the bench.
Lynn got off to the perfect start with a goal in the second minute from Michael Clunan who curled the ball home from the edge of the box having seen his first effort blocked.
Alfreton tried to get back into the game but nothing to bother Alex Street in the Lynn goal on the next chance fell to Michael Gash on eleven minutes but he headed over Nathan Fox’s cross.
Marriott then had the ball in the net three minutes later from Adam Jones’s shot but the goal was ruled offside.
Alfreton created a little pressure on 24 minutes but their efforts were blocked and on 27 minutes Lynn doubled their lead through Alfie Payne who found himself in space and advanced forward before shooting home from some 20 yards.
The Reds came out strongly after the restart with substitute Daniel East curling the ball in for Ryan Qualter to finish on 47 minutes but once again the effort was disallowed for offside.
Lynn were reduced to ten men on 63 minutes when Rory McAuley was red carded for a trailing elbow that was adjudged to have made contact with Amari Morgan-Smith.
Atkinson turned Gash’s header away at the expense of a corner on 74 minutes and three minutes later Gash got on the end of a free kick but curled his shot wide of the far upright.
Alfreton pulled a goal back on 79 minutes Josh Wilde’s cross finding substitute Ben Tomlinson who scrambled the ball home.
Lynn calmed any thoughts of a nervy finale were calmed when Marriott scored his sixth goal of the season on 82 minutes, shooting home from some 20 yards.
Two minutes into injury time Morgan-Smith reduced the arrears with his seventh goal of the season, bundling home Josh Clackstone’s free kick but it was too late to stop Lynn getting a deserved three points.
Lynn: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Payne (Barrows 60) , Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Richards 66). Unused subs: Kelly, Carey, Stewart. Sent off: McAuley. Scorers: Clunan 2, Payne 27. Marriott 82
Alfreton: Atkinson, Clackstone, Wilde, Lynch, Killock (Tomlinson 67), Qualter, Thacker, Smith, Clarke (Blake 70), Morgan-Smith, Johnson (East 45). Unused subs: Whitham, Tomlinson, Blake, Wiliams. Scoresr: Tomlinson 79, Morgan-Smith 90+2
Attendance: 1,203