Linnets boss stays positive despite latest defeat

Mark Hearle
Monday, December 16, 2013
6:00 AM

King’s Lynn Town’s defensive shortcomings again cost them dearly at a wind-lashed Dales Lane as hosts Rushall Olympic claimed the Northern Premier points.

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Stan Mugisha and Dele Adebola had given the Pics a two-goal interval cushion which Christian Dacres increased shortly after the re-start with the game’s all important third goal which meant that Massiah McDonald’s impressive strike for the visitors would prove to be a mere consolation.

Lynn started with the howling gale behind them but it was the hosts who produced the games first effort with Adebola forcing Alex Street into a fine diving save to push the ball away around his right post. Moments later though Street’s slight hesitation allowed the speedy Mugisha to set himself and score comfortably after the home man had been given the freedom of the visitors penalty box by some slack marking. Town to their credit responded well with the busy Andy Hall shooting into the side netting following a tricky run and McDonald’s persistence teed up Rob Duffy whose shot was blocked.

The visitors were dealt a huge sucker punch in added first-half time as Adebola used all of his vast football league experience to slot the ball past Street despite the close attentions of Fryatt who claimed he was fouled by the giant striker. The Linnets bench were clearly unhappy and made their feelings known to referee Ollie Yates as the players left the field for the interval.

Dacres put the result beyond any doubt when he prodded home following a goal-line scramble of Keystone Cop proportions with the ball seemingly attached to elastic on the Lynn goal-line. The visiting defence finally humped the ball away but referee Smith’s attention was drawn to his official on the far touchline who deemed that the ball had crossed the line and a goal was awarded.

McDonald reduced the arrears almost immediately with a classy finish from eight yards which the player thoroughly deserved for an afternoon of determination and effort. Substitute Sam Mulready saw an effort saved by Gemmell late on but by then it was too little to late as the damage had long been done.

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