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King's Lynn 2 Weymouth 1
19th August 2000
LINNETS got their season off to the best possible start with an opening day victory and the announcement of a one-year sponsorship deal.
Victory over Weymouth followed the news that AMG (Anglia Motor Group) had agreed to be the club's main sponsors for the coming season.
"Sponsorship is massively importantly to any football club and King's Lynn is no different. I am pleased everything is sorted out," commented Linnets boss Gary Mills.
Vice-chairman Colin Nichols announced the deal, which has the potential to be five-figures, just before kick-off.
"We are absolutely delighted to have AMG as our main sponsors;' he enthused.
"They have supported us in the past, but the results of negotiations will see them step up to be our main sponsors."
Simon Grylls, motor group general manager with AMG, said he was pleased to support the local football club.
"We are a successful motor group in the area and we hope that some' of that success rubs off at the club;' he commented.
"It's a new venture for us, but we are looking forward to developing and harnessing the relationship."
A sensational strike from Dave Puttnam had ensured the Linnets got their league campaign off to a winning start.
And, although Mills was delighted with the three points, he wasn't happy with the team's performance.
"I was pleased to get three points, but we could have played better. We were chasing shadows at times and didn't have enough of the ball and, when we had it, we didn't use it."
Jon Palmer had given the Linnets the perfect start when he converted a penalty after Puttnam had been felled after just three minutes.
But the Terras were soon level when Darran Rowbotham created the opening and then released Laws who lobbed the advancing Martini for his 150th goal in just 234 appearances.
Anthony Tilley flashed an effort just wide before Puttnam gave the Linnets the lead again a minute before the break.
He received the ball on the edge of the box and juggled it before looping a shot over Danny Potter.
In an uneventful second half, Martini's moment of glory nearly came in injury time when his long clearance was fumbled by Potter who spared his blushes by racing back to stop the ball on the line.
Lynn:  C. Martini, G. Mills, D. Robinson, A. Bullimore, G, Full, J. March, E. Nwadike, S. Dakin, J. Palmer (L. Rowland 71 mins), D. Puttnam, T. Wright. Not used: C. Clark, L. Gibson.
Weymouth: D. Potter, M. Dean, S. Browne (M. Gammon 77), M. Hare, J. Waldock, R. Cross, M. Robinson, I. Hutchinson, D. Rowbotham, D. Laws (M. Underhay h/t), A Tilley (M. Hale 77)
Shots on
Shots off
Free kicks
Lynn531513 Nwadike (54, late tackle)
Weymouth 25839  
Report by permission of the Lynn News