King's Lynn 6 Cirencester 2
22nd March 2008
LINNETS wide man Joe Francis moved ahead of Danny Bloomfield in the goalscoring charts as Lynn reached 100 goals in all competitions for the season.
Francis, who has scored 15 of his 20 goals in the last four months, bagged his first competitive hat-trick for Lynn (Lynn's first of the season), with Matty Nolan on target with a brace and substitute Bloomfield adding a late sixth.
A delighted Francis, who has found the transition from Ridgeons League football no problem this season, said: "When I first came to the club in the summer I set myself a target of between five and ten goals for the season.
"Everything hag gone so well for me and this has been my most productive season in football by far.
"Everyone at the club has helped me a great deal this season and I feel making the step up as improved me a 100 per cent as a player.
"I've had to toughen myself up quite a bit, but feel I've done that as the season has gone on."
On his treble, Francis said: "I'd say the free-kick was the most satisfying goal out of the three for me as it put us back on level terms after I'd missed a sitter a little while earlier."
Linnets boss Keith Webb sung the praises of both Francis and Nolan, but said: "Joe and Matt took their goals well, but for me the unsung hero is Jack Defty.
"He will never be a prolific goalscorer, but he is playing out of his skin at the moment and put in another honest stint on Saturday. A lot of what we create stems through him.
"It was another great win and I thought our best goal today was Joe's third.
"It was an exceptional team goal. Had Arsenal scored one like that they would have been playing it time and time again on the telly."
On John Turner, who also had one of his most instrumental games in a Linnets shirt, Webb said: "John has taken his chance in the side well and is now beginning to show the form I knew he was capable of when I brought him to the club."
All thoughts of a big win looked out of the question as Cirencester took a third minute lead and Lynn contrived to miss a host of early chances.
The visitors went ahead through Matty Williams, who found himself in bags of space to slide the ball under the body of Scott Howie.
Jack Defty had an effort cleared off the line and Francis missed from point-blank range before the in-form youngster drew Lynn level with a low free-kick on the edge of the box.
The goal marked the beginning of the end for Cirencester as the Linnets took charge.
Francis gave Lynn the lead after 26 minutes, cutting inside after Cirencester failed to clear a corner and netting with a brilliantly-executed lob.
Seven minutes later it was 3-1 when Defty crossed for Nolan to tap-in from close range.
Lynn scored with their first attack of the second half in the 47th minute when Nolan slid home, before Francis completed his treble on the hour mark after a slick four-man move.
A rare attack saw Cirencester add a second midway through the half with a well taken effort from Steve Robertson.
Substitute Michael Frew was denied by a goal-line clearance, as was Nolan, who can consider himself unlucky not to complete his treble.
Bloomfield completed the scoring with an 89th minute spot-kick after he was fouled in the penalty area. Linnets skipper Greg Crane was lucky to stay on the field after shoving a Cirencester opponent to the ground late on, for which he received a yellow card.
: Howie, Bains, Chapman, Hoyle, Crane, Fisk, Turner, Sedgemore (Melton 58), Defty, Nolan (Bloomfield 74), Francis (Frew 62). Unused subs: West, Murray.
. Bulman, Weedon, Stevens, Haisley, Molyneaux, Jackson, .Bailey (Taylor 64), Etheridge, Robertson, Williams, Shaxton. Unused subs: Stanley, Hunt.
Booked: Stevens, Bailey, Robertson.
: S. Feerick (Peterborough). Attendance
: Joe Francis.