Defensive lapses prove costly for the Linnets

FA Trophy action from King's Lynn Town v Belper Town at the Walks - Lee Stevenson after the ball. Pi

FA Trophy action from King's Lynn Town v Belper Town at the Walks - Lee Stevenson after the ball. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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King's Lynn Town were made to pay for a lack of discipline in key areas as their first visit to Hungerford brought an end to a three-match winning streak.

Poor defensive discipline was exposed by both Hungerford goals, and might have been punished by a couple more, as the Linnets failed to close ground on the play-off places.

A simple lesson was rammed home after 16 minutes when Hungerford skipper Matt Day's free-kick into the box found fellow centre back Jon Boardman peeling away beyond the back post to head the ball back across box for the similarly unattended Stefan Brown to head home.

It might have been a short-lived lead. David Bridges collected the ball on the bounce and sent in a half-volley that seemed to deceive home goalkeeper Paul Strudley, but the ball hit the post. And the easy way to goal was soon highlighted again when James Clark worked space to cross for Nat Jarvis to leave Sam Gaughran to head the second home goal.

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The first period ended in confusion when referee Alex Fisher pulled a hamstring, assistant Paula Wyatt taking over to come under instant pressure as Linnets' lost composure, although she was lenient to David Bridges when he appeared to go in two-footed on Boardman and escaped with a yellow card. Temporary line replacement Charlie Bullock also came in for some stick as Linnets took their collective eye off the ball, only getting back on course when Gary Setchell went 4-3-3 in a bid to salvage something.

While there was plenty of possession, little got past the hosts until the 84th minute when Liam Hurst got a second bite at a free-kick and Lee Stevenson got his touch right to find space to lash the ball home.

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