Defeat for Town as Kings Lynn go Top
A reality check for Town against an impressive Kings Lynn (pic by Granty) Ben Stephens firing home from the penalty spot
Match Report Mark Bickley, Photos Granty
Sometimes you have to acknowledge you were beaten by the better side. Both sides came into the game unbeaten but Kings Lynn were just too good for Town and whilst they can point to errors leading to 3 of the goals they conceded its clear that the home side will be challenging for the title come the end of the season.
Town kept to the formation that beat Newcastle Town the previous week with Loyiso Recci starting with Charlie Evans dropping down to the bench, which included the Ben Stephens after the end of his 3 match suspension.
The home side started quickly and from the kick off they nearly went into the lead after 30 seconds and the first touch by a Town player was keeper Louis Connor with a smart save. The home side surged forward with some neat football with centre forward Michael Gash winning every ball in the air. A series of free kicks and corners saw Town struggling to cope with their aerial dominance especially when centre backs Tom Ward and Ryan Jarvis pushed forward.
It took 14 minutes before Town created their first chance with Michael Taylor shooting just wide, The home side continued to dominate proceedings but with the scores still level Town looked to have weathered the storm. But in the 25th minute a break down the right was halted by Liam Francis who was booked.
From the resulting free kick full back Cameron Norman hit in another quality cross and this time Michael Gash climbed above everyone to head home. With Town struggling to keep any meaningful possession the home side continued to press with Norman pushing forward on the right and Lynn's captain Clunan running the show in midfield.
A second goal looked likely but it came from an unfortunate penalty when some hesitant defending saw Lee Thomas harshly punished for bringing down Norman and Clunan calmy sent Connor the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Town needed to get to half time without conceding another and nearly got back into the game when Lynn centre back Tom Ward sliced Will Grocott's cross over his own crossbar. But on 47 minutes the game was virtually put out of Town's reach when Mettam made it 3-0 after Town failed to clear the ball on two occassions and it fell to him 10 yards out and he made no mistake.
The second half saw Town start brighter and Edwin Ahenkorah cut in from the left but his well struck shot unfortunately went straight at Alex Street in the Lynn goal.Manager Carl Adams start ed to make some changes with Guy Clark replacing Liam Francis and on 62 minutes Ben Stephens and Justin Marsden replacing Mike Taylor and Edwin Ahenkorah.
With Town starting to get more possession in midfield the ball was fed to Jaz Luckie on the left and a clumsy tackle from Fryatt resulted in a penalty which was scored by Ben Stephens on 68 minutes.
Town had a lifeline and began to push forward in search of another. However 10 minutes later it was game over. Man of the match Michael Gash wriggled past Guy Clark on the left cut in and picked out Mettam who made in 4-1.
So Town need to re-group for what will be another difficult away game on Tuesday night at Hereford.
Town Man of the match - Andy Gallinagh