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Lynn Ladies ship seven goals at home

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Lynn Ladies manager Alec Marshall pulled no punches after seeing his side suffer a heavy defeat in their first game of 2024.

The ladies conceded several soft goals as they suffered a 7-0 reverse at the Walks.

After the game, Marshall said: “We started very slow, and just didn’t compete, challenge or play anywhere near the level we can.

King's Lynn Town Ladies face the camera. Pictured back, from left, are: Gabrielle Cobb, Mya Parker, Geovanna Salles, Libby Scott, Katie Ward, Natalie Norman.Middle: Libby Melerski, Charlotte Croft, Shannon Simper, Kamarla Lawson, Erica Meale, Jade Parnell, Georgie Archer, Chelsea Simper, Holly Williams.Front: Jessica Napper, Doug Parker (coach), Alec Marshall (manager), April Kitchen (assistant manager), Marie Meale (coach), Kayla Rix. Picture: Tim Smith
King’s Lynn Town Ladies face the camera. Pictured back, from left, are: Gabrielle Cobb, Mya Parker, Geovanna Salles, Libby Scott, Katie Ward, Natalie Norman.Middle: Libby Melerski, Charlotte Croft, Shannon Simper, Kamarla Lawson, Erica Meale, Jade Parnell, Georgie Archer, Chelsea Simper, Holly Williams.Front: Jessica Napper, Doug Parker (coach), Alec Marshall (manager), April Kitchen (assistant manager), Marie Meale (coach), Kayla Rix. Picture: Tim Smith

“We can sit here and blame the lack of subs, the injuries, the way the wind was blowing, but all in all we have to take a look and say we weren’t good enough.

“We pressed in the wrong areas, played the ball in the wrong areas, made mistakes in the wrong areas, and it took us 42 minutes to have our first shot on goal.

Action from King's Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith
Action from King’s Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith

“It is a disappointing performance from us as myself and April (Kitchen)gave the ladies the knowledge and game prep, yet none of it was used.

“A few things will be addressed this week, and we have to prepare for next Sunday against Bedford but I’m very disappointed with today’s game and will make this clear to the players.”

Action from King's Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith
Action from King’s Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith

Lynn started the game by dictating the direction of the game for the opening 10 minutes.

Action from King's Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith
Action from King’s Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith

Visiting Barking then reacted quicker than Lynn did, and eventually took control of proceedings once they’d opened the scoring.

The home side didn’t reset and looked very disjointed, with a couple of injuries forcing early changes in the game. Lynn found themselves 3-0 at the break after conceding three very soft goals.

Action from King's Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith
Action from King’s Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith

The Linnets came out in the second half, after a lengthy half-time team talk and tried to retake the game into their own hands, but this wasn’t to be.

A selection of fine saves from the Lynn goalkeeper Erica Meale kept the scoreline low, but it could have been easily more after a relentless display from the Barking frontline.

Action from King's Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith
Action from King’s Lynn Town Ladies against Barking at the Walks. Picture: Tim Smith

Lynn Ladies remain rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division table with just one point from their opening 15 games.



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