A BLAST of three goals inside eight first-half minutes sentenced Hucknall Town to defeat in their first home match of the new Evo-Stik League, Division One South campaign on Tuesday night.
The Yellows, buoyed by their last-gasp equaliser in the opening game of the season on Saturday at Newcastle Town (SEE RIGHT), faced another tough test against King’s Lynn Town, a side promoted from the United Counties League last season.
After a fairly even start, Hucknall took the lead early in the first half but then found themselves hit by the three-goal salvo from The Linnets, who went in 3-1 up at half-time after a real purple patch.
Hucknall took the lead, perhaps somewhat against the run of play, with a goal on 18 minutes.
A move down the right saw the lively Karl Slack exchange passes with Scott Wilby before firing past Alex Street in the visiting goal.
King’s Lynn refused to let their heads drop though and they got back into the game and then ran away with things just before the break.
First they equalised in the 37th minute when a Jamie Thurlborne corner got the faintest of glances from Phil Gulliver, and the ball fell to impressive winger Steve Spriggs to hammer home from close range.
Two minutes later, The Linnets went ahead and it was Spriggs’s turn to be provider, following a Thurlborne pass. This time it was down to striker Russell Dunkley to apply the finish.
The livewire Spriggs was once influential in 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 saw very few chances at either end.
Despite Hucknall managing to exert good spells of pressure on the Lynn defence, they could not capitalise on their spell of dominance to give themselves a comeback route.