King's Lynn 1, Mangotsfield United 1

King's Lynn were held to a 1-1 draw by Mangotsfield and were left to rue a host of missed chances.

King's Lynn were held to a 1-1 draw by Mangotsfield and were left to rue a host of missed chances.

The Linnets were looking to seek quick revenge for the 1-0 Southern League Premier Division defeat on their recent visit to Gloucestershire and also maintain their unbeaten home record against the 'Mangos'.

Linnets manager Keith Webb had a full strength squad from which to choose, apart from Craig Fleming who was hoping to play some part in the holiday action.

Mark Warren, Charlie Defty and Michael Frew were all available as they returned from injury to be added to the squad dumped out of the FA Trophy by Cambridge last weekend.

Manager Keith Webb made four changes to the starting line-up from last week. In came Mark Warren to partner Craig in defence. Two changes in midfield were Michael Frew and newcomer Ben Sedgemore, who has played for several league clubs, came in instead of Fisk and Melton while up front Danny Bloomfield got the nod over John Turner. A strong looking Lynn bench comprised Turner, Nolan, Melton, Fisk and Murray.

Mangotsfield won the toss and elected to defend the Tennyson Road end with Lynn kicking-off. Lynn had an early attack that saw Dean West put over a teasing centre from which Mangotsfield's number seven Ellis Willmott just beat Jack Defty to the ball with the Mangotsfield's defence at full stretch. The visitors' first attack saw Allward play the ball into Griffin who found Ballinger whose overhead goal attempt was saved by Howie.

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Lynn had a great chance on 12 minutes when newcomer Ben Sedgemore played a great ball to Bloomfield but the striker took the ball wide and then shot inches past the far post with the keeper well beaten. When Sedgemore found Francis, Mangotsfield's Ballinger missed his attempted clearance and the Lynn winger had another good shooting opportunity but pulled his effort across the face of the goal. Sedgemore was again in the thick of the action after 20 minutes when, in quick succession, he had three goal attempts all of which were charged down by the desperate Mangotsfield defenders. On 27 minutes Mangotsfield's Dave Morrissey was the first name in referee Beevor's notebook for a foul on Ben Chapman.

On the half hour Bloomfield found Frew with a good pass who made ground and then appeared to be pushed by Allward when well inside the box. However, referee Beevor and linesperson Helen Fulcher-ward would have none of it.

Sedgemore was again involved in a good Lynn build-up and when the ball came out from a half clearance to West the Linnets' full-back powered forward to send a fierce left footed drive just over the crossbar.

A foul by Crane on Griffin saw another free-kick from Willmott headed clear by the offender to Danny Bloomfield who laid the ball off to Sedgemore whose shot flashed narrowly wide of the post. Another lengthy injury stoppage occurred when Mangotsfield's Griffin needed a period of treatment.

On 55 minutes the Linnets made their first substitution when Melton replaced Frew.

A bad error in Lynn's defence just on the hour mark gave Mangotsfield's Ballinger the chance to cross low across the six-yard area for MORRISSEY to tap in at the back post in what was virtually the visitors' first real attack.

When Griffin brought down Lynn's fullback Chapman, he was another to find his way into Referee Beevor's notebook.

Within four minutes Lynn were level when Jack Defty found BLOOMFIELD who, from a narrow angle and at close range, slipped the ball past Rendell.

Warren was then cautioned for dissent after having adjudged to have committed a foul and disputed the decision. On 85 minutes Lynn made their last throw of the dice bringing on Fisk for Camm and Nolan for Bloomfield. This was immediately followed by vehement home appeals for handball after a Sedgemore shot appeared to hit a defender's arm. But again the man in the middle would have none of it. It had been all hands to the pump in Mangotsfield's defence for the last half hour but they held out for a hard won point.

t King's Lynn: Howie, West, Chapman, Warren, Crane, Camm, Frew, Sedgemore, Jack Defty, Bloomfield, Francis. Subs: Turner, Nolan, Melton, Fisk, Murray.

t Mangotsfield: Rendell, Arndale, Allward, Thorne, Milsom, Criddle, Willmott, Mowatt, Griffin, Ballinger, Morrisey. Subs: Kilgour, Stewart, Douglas, French

t Referee: R Beevor.

Attendance: 916.