King's Lynn 3 Cirencester Town 1
5th February 2005
TWO of the Linnets' biggest villains this season silenced their doubters by helping Lynn return to winning ways against high-flying Cirencester on Saturday.
Defender Danny Hammond and midfielder Mark Angel were both in inspirational form as The Walks outfit bagged their first league victory since New Year's Day.
The victory was particularly sweet for Hammond who, up until recently, had struggled to regain his form of last season following the loss of defensive lynchpin Glen Fuff during the close season.
Nineteen-year-old Hammond admitted the arrival of Clark, his sixth different partner at the heart of the Linnets' rearguard, had helped his game.
Hammond, Who is still being dogged by the ankle injury which kept him out for a month during September and early October, said: "Last season I didn't put a foot wrong and Glen and myself played really well together.
"After working hard in the summer my ankle injury really put me back and then there was a lot of changes at the club and players didn't really know what was going on until Tommy came in.
"People forget that I'm a young centre half and that I'm still learning the game, but it has helped with Simon coming into the side.
"He talks and has brought his experience into the team. Simon is a good ball player and give us more balance.
"When you're playing for a team like Lynn people expect you to perform and I'm very much a confidence player.
"I feel I've regained some of that confidence over the last three games and would like to maintain that through until the end of the season.
"If we can get some consistency together and take our chances there's no reason why we can't go a similar run to that at the end of last season. We have been playing well of late, but not getting the results."
Hammond also took time to praise Angel, who was instrumental in leading Lynn to their second double of the season.
People don't see Mark behind closed doors. He is a great player to have around on the pitch and in the dressing room too.
"You can talk to him and the same applies to the more experienced guys like Setch (Gary Setchell) and Darran (Hay). They are all different characters, but give us a good mix."
The Linnets opened the scoring when Angel exquisitely executed an 11th minute free kick after a foul on Jack Defty on the edge of the box.
It soon become 2-0 seven minutes later when a loose ball fell to Defty who drilled home under the body of Mark Bryant.
Cirencester reduced the arrears and left Lynn fans fearing the worst when Jody Bevan was allowed to waltz through the defence and fire home close to the interval after Defty had sloppily lost possession.
Lynn restored their two goal cushion midway through the second period when another Angel set piece forced Bryan into an acrobatic one handed save before Hammond bundled in the loose ball.
: Wilson, Jones, Camm, Hammond, Clark, Ward (Forshaw 76), Defty (Quistin 52), McMahon, Hay, Bloomfield, Angel. Sub not used: McAnally.
Booked: Hay. Goals: Angel 11, Defty 19, Hammond 66.
: M. Bryant, G. Wootton, K. Halliday, S. Wimble, M. Jackson, A. Howarth (P Corcoran 82), A. Viveash, N. Stanley, G. Hopkins, J. Bevan, B. Fitch. Subs not used: M. Richards, A. Bird, S. Frazer, A. Mayo.
Booked: Jackson, Fitch, Halliday. Goal: Bevan 43.
: 698. Referee
: Mr T Howes (Norfolk). MoM
: Mark Angel.