Stockport Express

Marquee signing Madden’s double helped


COUNTY ............................ 4 KING’S LYNN .................... 0

TWO goals by marquee signing Paddy Madden helped in-form County to a 4-0 hammering against lowly King’s

Lynn last Tuesday evening as the Express went to print, as Simon Rusk’s promotionc­hasing side made it nine games unbeaten in the National League prior to Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Maidenhead United.

Madden almost opened the scoring himself inside the opening quarter of an hour, when the former Fleetwood Town forward met Tom Walker’s cross and powered a header at goal which was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by Linnets stopper Theo Richardson.

But just a minute later, Madden turned provider as he looped a volley goalwards for the man in form, Alex Reid, to instinctiv­ely glance a header over a helpless Richardson.

For the remainder of the first half, the visitors enjoyed plenty of possession and played some easy on the eye football without really testing Ben Hinchliffe in the County goal – with a penalty appeal waved away late on in the half following a James Jennings challenge on striker Michael Gash.

The Hatters spurned a glorious chance to potentiall­y put the game to bed on the hour mark when Macauley

Southam-Hales was felled inside the area by former County trialist Ethan Coleman – referee Simon Mather pointed to the spot, but John Rooney saw his low penalty saved by the legs of Richardson.

The hosts continued to see good chances come and go as James Jennings

headed over and Paddy Madden fired wide via a deflection, however just five minutes after Rooney’s penalty miss, the County maestro made amends in superb fashion.

Linnets ‘keeper Richardson skewed a clearance straight to Rooney around thirty yards from goal, with the former Barrow midfielder thundering an unstoppabl­e effort past the helpless Richardson to double County’s lead.

Things got even better moments later when Madden grabbed his second goal in County colours, as the experience­d frontman nodded home James Jennings’ pinpoint delivery.

Madden got his third for the club, and second of the night, late on when he headed home Walker’s back post cross as County ran riot, securing a fourth win in six games for Rusk’s in-form side.

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Www.mphotograp­ ●●Paddy Madden netted a brace in the win against King’s Lynn

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