Home is no longer a safe haven for King’s Lynn Town
- Credit: Matthew Usher
For much of this season the Linnets' dreadful away form has been propped up by a stern home resistance.
Unfortunately for Gary Setchell, now that results on the road have started improving that upturn has not been continued at The Walks – where Lynn had, until the last weekend of December, only been beaten three times in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. Two months, and six matches later, the number of defeats on their own turf has more than doubled.
A third home reverse on the bounce arrived on Saturday and it was the worst of what's turning into a worrying spell. Losses to FC United, at the back end of 2014, Skelmersdale and Workington came against teams that are fighting for the title. But the weekend's capitulation – which arrived after encouraging back-to-back displays outside of Norfolk – was against a Rushall team that, like the Linnets, are in the middle of a mid-table malaise.
If the Linnets' stadium was once seen as their fortress it is not currently a place of exceptional security. Olympic brutally breached it with more than a little assistance.
Individual errors have blighted Lynn's slump which has seen them slide from fifth to 14th in four months. And those schoolboy mistakes returned – despite a more than decent 30-minute showing prior to the Pics' opening goal – again to help gift-wrap another away victory for a visiting team to Nelson's County.
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The penalty decision for Ross Watson's foul on Aris Christophorou around the half-hour mark may have been soft but it was probably the right call. Gavin Caines made no mistake from the spot and from that moment Lynn's ability to protect started to seep away.
The drawbridge in front of Alex Street's goal was pulled down and Olympic were invited across it with glee for the second. Kris Taylor's corner found an umarked Aaron Williams inside the six-yard box and he did the rest. Not being able to clear their lines punished the hosts when Caines made it three. And to rub salt in Lynn's gaping wounds, Street's late dally towards enemy territory was punished when he contrived to help his men lose possession embarrassingly. Williams apologetically pounced to walk the ball into an empty net.
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It was painful to watch.Yet that agony will only increase if Lynn keep waving the white flag when under pressure from enemy attack.