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King's Lynn 5 Lincoln Utd 2
5th February 2013
Steve Spriggs marked his return to The Walks with a brace and two assists as the Linnets came from behind to beat Lincoln United at The Walks.
Gary Setchell's side trailed to a Ben Garrick strike at the break, but turned the game on its head with three goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second half.
Substitute Danny Beaumont levelled matters, before Spriggs' double and further goals from Shane Tolley and Dan Quigley completed a five-star performance.
The Linnets named the same starting line-up as the one which defeated Northwich Victoria 1-0 at the weekend.
Lincoln United named former Linnet Steve Melton in their midfield, while ex-Wisbech Town striker Simon Mowbray started on the bench for The Whites.
Chances were few-and-far between in a scrappy first period.
Defender Jordan Yong saw his deflected shot hooked clear off the line after eight minutes, while Melton fired an early opportunity well wide of the target at the other end.
Steve Spriggs, back playing at The Walks for the first time since his brief departure to Boston United, looked the best source of a goal in the opening 45 minutes.
In the 12th minute, Spriggs' pace took him clear on the right before his centre was fired wide by the arriving Shane Tolley at the far post.
Terry Fleming drilled the ball into the body of Linnets goalkeeper Danny Gay, when he should have done better after 19 minutes, before Lincoln took a surprise lead 11 minutes before the interval.
Scott Coupland 's scuffed shot found its way across the face of goal, where Ben Garrick was waiting to turn the ball into the net.
Garrick almost doubled Lincoln's lead on the stroke of half-time as Lynn ended the first period all at sea.
Lynn replaced the ineffective Jamie Thurlbourne and George Thomson with Russell Dunkley and Danny Beaumont at the interval.
And the double change had the desired effect as Lynn scored twice in the opening eight minutes of the second half.
Spriggs provided the cross for Beaumont's equaliser six minutes after the restart before firing home the second himself two minutes later.
Yong then struck the post as Lynn, who looked a totally different team after the interval, threatened to run riot.
Spriggs converted his 20th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot after Quigley had been hauled down in the box.
Tolley's smooth finish and a fifth from Quigley made up for Lynn's abject first-half display before Raby added a late second for the visitors.
King's Lynn Town: Gay, Watson, Yong, Lee, Gulliver, Bunting (White 70), Spriggs, Quigley, Thomson (Dunkley 46), Tolley, Thurlbourne (Beaumont 46).
Lincoln United: McGann, Fleming, Coyde (King 70), McDaid, Reddington, Wright, Hone, Zeurner (Raby 85), Garrick, Carchedi, Coupland (Mowbray 75).
Attendance: 340.
Report by permission of the Lynn News