Evo-Stik Division One South: Carlton Town 2, King’s Lynn Town 2

A Ruben Wiggins-Thomas brace helped Lynn's 100pc league record in 2013 come to an end.

The Carlton frontman put his side in front before goals from Phil Gulliver and Steve Spriggs had look set to extend the Linnets' eight-game winning run. However, Wiggins-Thomas found the net again to earn his side a point and leave Lynn, now unbeaten in 10 matches, one point behind second-placed Stamford and 11 off Coalville Town – with games in hand on both.

The hosts had started the match in scintillating fashion putting Gary Setchell's high-fliers under pressure from the off. Livewire frontman Julian Topliss worked a decent opening for himself inside two minutes but fired his effort over.

However, it wasn't long before the Millers took the lead. Luke Smithson's slide-rule through ball found Wiggins-Thomas and he cleverly slotted past Linnets 'keeper Danny Gay.

Slowly but surely, The Walks club began to ease their way into the match as Dan Quigley and Steve Spriggs started to find joy in the midfield engine room. And it was the latter whose brilliant centre was headed home by Gulliver for his first goal in Lynn colours to bring the sides level.


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With Ross Watson bombing forward from right-back, and Spriggs causing problems, Lynn looked increasingly dangerous down the right. Another centre from that area fashioned a chance for Quigley but his header was comfortably saved. The visitors' dominance almost paid off when George Thomson crashed a vicious shot goalwards. Unfortunately, his 30-yard effort didn't dip quite enough and smashed into the crossbar.

Spriggs also went close with an effort from even further out as in-form Lynn stayed in control right up until the break. Yet, they were unable to grab a second and the teams went into the break all square.

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The second period started in similar circumstances with the nippy Topliss fizzing another wayward shot towards goal.

A Ross Watson effort was hooked off the line as Lynn chased a second. And it came with about 25 minutes left when Gay's clearance was flicked on by Russell Dunkley and Spriggs drilled home from just inside the box.

However, Wiggins-Thomas' second goal of the game, a header at the back post, seven minutes later ended Lynn's winning streak.

Carlton: Kearney, Darkin, Fletcher, Brown, Varley, Brindley, Thornton, Gent (Whitehurst, 71), Topliss (Anderson, 71), Wiggins-Thomas, Smithson. Subs not used: Mcanulty, Vilums, Nightingale. Booked: Thornton. Goals: Wiggins-Thomas (5, 73).

Lynn: Gay, Watson, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs, Bunting, Quigley, Thomson (Tolley, 81), Mulready (Beaumont, 57), Dunkley. Booked: Watson. Subs not used: Jepson, Fryatt, Butt. Goals: Gulliver (18), Spriggs (66)

Attendance: 163

Referee: T Hollidge

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