Date: Wed 20 Mar 2019

By David Simpson

Crucial Tuesday Wins for Lynn, Stratford & Lowestoft

#SFL Midweek Review - Premier Central

Tuesday proved to be a good night for King`s Lynn Town and Stratford Town as they both enhanced their play-off places in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central.
However, in contrast, it was a bad night for Halesowen Town, who lost their relegation `six-pointer` at Crown Meadow against Lowestoft Town.

King`s Lynn entertained an Alvechurch side who started the evening sitting in the sixth spot, a point adrift of the top five, but with games in hand on those above them.

A crowd of 755 at The Walks saw an entertaining opening 45 minutes which the visitors just had the upper hand.

But a 64th-minute goal from Chris Henderson saw the Linnets complete the `double` over their Worcestershire opponents and move eight points clear of them in third.

Stratford are a point and a place behind the Linnets after winning 2-1 at the LTAA against mid-table Leiston and also completing a seasonal `double`.

Stratford had to come back from being a goal down when Matty Blake gave the Suffolk hosts a 26th-minute lead.

But the visitors pulled level in first-half injury-time through Wilson Carvalho and immediately upon the resumption after the break, Michael Taylor put Stratford ahead.

Nabil Shariff came close to adding a third 11 minutes from time, but his effort hit the crossbar.

Last Saturday, Jake Reed netted a hat-trick as Lowestoft gained a vital 3-1 win at fellow strugglers St Neots Town.

And he repeated that feat on Tuesday night as the Trawlerboys won another crucial game against second-bottom Halesowen to make the gap between the two teams now nine points with seven games remaining.

The Yeltz were on the back foot from the opening minute when an own goal put the hosts in front.

Reed doubled Lowestoft`s lead in the 8th minute and Connor Deeks gave the visitors a mountain to climb by making it 3-0 with only 13 minutes played.

Player-boss Lee Hughes reduced the deficit with a fine volley on the half-hour mark and the half ended 3-1.

Reed doubled his own tally on 68 minutes to virtually put the result beyond doubt and then made it back-to-back hat-tricks 3 minutes from time to make it a nap hand for the Trawlerboys.

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