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Hucknall Town 1 King's Lynn 3
21st August 1999
LINNETS boss Gary Setchell described his side's purple patch towards the end of the first half as "unplayable", as Lynn made it two wins in as many games.
The eight-minute spell at Hucknall on Tuesday night yielded three goals as the Walks outfit recorded back-to-back EvoStick victories.
Wing-wizard Steve Spriggs registered a brace, one of which was from the penalty spot, and was also involved in Lynn's third goal for striker Russell Dunkley.
Setchell said: "We had a 20 minute spell at the end of the first half when we produced unplayable football. We absolutely tore Hucknall apart.
"We went 1-0 down to a team who weren't in the game in the first half at all, that's disappointing but it happens. Sometimes you don't always get what you deserve.
"We defended well. We defended well on Saturday.
"People are putting their bodies on the line. Hucknall are going to have one or two chances, they are the home side, but we stood firm.
"I felt we perhaps could have got one or two more (in the second half), but obviously, we had done all the hard work."
But a delighted Setchell is refusing to go overboard about his side's lightning start to the new season: "Six points from six is a great start, but we're definitely not getting carried away.
"After two games it is a bit early to start talking about the play-offs, especially for a team that's just been newly-promoted.
"That's just putting pressure on the lads and everyone else. But, we've got ourselves a good start, we're going to try to be competitive in every game."
Hucknall took the lead, somewhat against the run of play with a goal in the 18th minute.
A move down the right saw the lively Karl Slack exchange passes with Scott Wilby, before firing past Alex Street.
The Linnets refused to let their heads drop, and levelled matters in the 37th minute when a Jamie Thurlborne corner got the faintest of glances from Phil Gulliver, and the ball fell to Spriggs to hammer home an equaliser.
Two minutes later Spriggs turned provider following a Thurlborne pass, and Dunkley made no mistake with the finish.
Spriggs was once again involved in the build-up to the third goal on the stroke of half-time when he was fouled just inside the area, before picking himself up to tuck away the resulting penalty.
The second half was short of chances, but Lynn defended resolutely during a sustained spell of Hucknall pressure.
Hucknall: Fisher, Baugh, Leggitt (Paling, 53), Hayes, Austin, Carty, Wilby, Hatfield, Good, Slack, Brown. Subs not used: Snowden, Ganderson, Slawson, Goodacre. Goal: Slack (18). Booked: Leggitt, Slack
Lynn: Street, Watson, Gulliver, Fryatt, Yong, Spriggs (Beaumont, 83), Quigley, Bunting, Thurlbourne (Hughes, 75), Forshaw (Turner, 67), Dunkley. Subs not used: Johnson, Buhlemann. Goals: Spriggs (37, 45+1), Dunkley (41)
Referee: C. Ward. Attendance: 190.
Report by permission of the Lynn News