'It’s two points dropped' - Linnets boss

Gold Omotayo - King's Lynn Town v Barnet

Gold Omotayo at the final whistle - summing up the disappointment of an opportunity lost - Credit: Ian Burt

Ian Culverhouse was left to rue the one that got away as King’s Lynn Town finally ended their home drought. 

A 1-1 draw against Barnet doesn’t tell the full story of a game of many chances for the Linnets, a missed penalty – and gilt-edged scoring opportunities at each end in the final 60 seconds. 

Gold Omotayo rues his penalty miss for King's Lynn against Barnet

Gold Omotayo rues his penalty miss - Credit: Ian Burt

It ended a run of four home losses on the bounce, but the Lynn boss knew it was an opportunity spurned. 

“Should have been more,” he said. “ I think we created numerous chances and we have got to be better in front of goal.  

Aaron Jones - King's Lynn Town v Barnet

Aaron Jones - pumped up after King's Lynn were awarded a penalty in the second half - Credit: Ian Burt

“It’s two points dropped and it is a shame because I thought the performance was high, coming back from a setback as well, going a goal down, their attitude was superb, we took the game to them and created numerous golden chances, but to win a game of football, you have got to take one of them.” 

Lynn went behind early but levelled through skipper Michael Clunan midway through the first half – but it was Gold Omotayo’s missed penalty – and Ross Barrows’s failure to put away the rebound – that left Culverhouse frustrated. 

Michael Clunan sees a Lynn chance slip away in the second half against Barnet

Michael Clunan sees a Lynn chance slip away in the second half - Credit: Ian Burt

“If you are brave enough to go and take it you have got to score, because there are other people who want to … so he has got to score that and the rebound he should score,” he said. 

What will have been some consolation was the chances Lynn crated – at Maidenhead on Saturday they had one effort on target in the first half, but they were much better in the final third against Barnet, who were indebted to keeper Sam Sargeant on numerous occasions. 

A goal mouth scramble in the Barnet penalty area at King's Lynn Town

A goalmouth scramble in the Barnet penalty area - Credit: Ian Burt

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"No problem there,” said Culverhouse. “I have been really happy with the way we’re playing. And the chances we are creating – we’ve just got to take them.” 

Barnet caretaker boss Dean Brennan added: “King’s Lynn asked a lot of questions of us, and I think we came up trumps with that. 

“Obviously we had to make the penalty save and we cleared one off the line but at the end we could have pinched it ourselves. We showed a lot of character, worked our socks off once again and that’s all we can ask of our players. 

“Give King’s Lynn a lot of credit, I thought they performed strongly in the game.” 

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