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King's Lynn 3 Hitchin Town 1
11th May
Lynn TOWN won the Lynn Hospital Cup on Saturday when they defeated Hitchin at the Walks, by 3-1. Over 2,500 spectators paid �98 to watch the first Hospital Cup final since 1939. Wolverhampton Wanderers were the last holders of the trophy.
Hitchin, who play in the Athenian League, defeated Lynn earlier this season in the Amateur Cup and were expected to win again on Saturday. They were almost at full strength. They played the more polished football, particularly in the first half, and possibly deserved to draw, but there was a lack of deternsina61on about their work in front of goal which suggested that the team had had a heavy season.
Lynn built up a three goal lead in the first half simply by seizing what chances were offered them. Murray scored after eight minutes with a low shot which passed under the goalkeeper's body; Corbett added a very good second in the twentieth minute after a
run to which he beat three defenders; and Newdick rushed in the third when the ball rebounded from the goalkeeper.
Those were almost the only threatening movements before half-time. Hitchin enjoyed more of the play, but their attacks were comfortably held by a keen tackling defence.
Both goalkeepers saved brilliantly in the opening minutes of the second half and Corbett, for Lynn, scraped the cross-bar with a clever lob. The game won quietened, however, and the standard of football declined; neither set of half-backs held the ball long enough to do constructive work and there was a good deal of high and haphazard kicking. The most interesting struggle was on the Hitchln left wing, where, Bilbao, a Spanish player and probably the most skilful footballer in either team;
found Williamson, Lynn's youth full-back, a determined opponent.
Bilbao was rewarded for us perseverance ten minutes from the end. He beat both the full- back and the half-back with neat footwork and scored with a fine right-foot drive into the top corner of the net.
Although the quality of football was not so high as that we saw in 1939, Lynn did well enough to justify an optimistic view of the prospects for next season. The defence was strong and determined, and they have discovered in Corbett - a player with
a style reminiscent of Wilfred Pearman - an inside-right good enough to follow in the step, of Lewis Britton and the late Bobby Mitchley.
Lynn E. Edwards; A. Wllliamson, F. Fakenbridge; C. Elflett, C. Leake, R. Woodhouse; A. Baldwin. J. Corbett, H. Burnett, B. Murray, H Newdick.
Hltchin. J. Bell; K. Lawrence, G. Adams; N. Day, R. Brown, W. Westwood, W. Oliver, W. Saunders, W. Wingate, J. Burr, J. Bilbao.
The cup was presented by the Mayor (Ald. R H. Bunnett).
A collection for the Bolton disaster fund raised £25.
Report by permission of the Lynn News