King’s Lynn Town 1 Cirencester Town 1: Frustration for Linnets

Leon Mettam returned to action in midweek for King's Lynn Town. Picture: Ian Burt

Leon Mettam returned to action in midweek for King's Lynn Town. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

So what is going to happen next?

It is a question King's Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell will have asked himself before the game on Saturday and one he will apply ahead of the trip to Leamington tomorrow night.

The inconsistent Walks outfit were at it again during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cirencester, where a last-minute equaliser from Leon Mettam spared sloppy Lynn their first-ever defeat at the hands of the Centurions.

Once again three sides took part; poor King's Lynn, good King's Lynn and Cirencester Town.

It would be easy to blame Lynn's long list of absentees which has prevented Setchell from fielding the same starting XI in successive games more than once this season. But if the ever-changing team sheets have escaped notice, then King's Lynn Town's performances certainly haven't and it has been on the field where Lynn's inconsistency has been blatantly obvious.

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It all began with so much promise in the opening-day draw with Merthyr Town which was followed by the away-day disasters at St Neots and Banbury.

After stopping the rot, strong displays against Redditch, Frome and Chesham were tarnished by a no-show on the road at Biggleswade.

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The Linnets then played Chippenham Town off the park but their temperamental side returned three days later at home to Kings Langley. They then contrived to give higher-league Alftreton an almighty scare, without reward, but decided to go back into their shells at the weekend.

For the first hour of the contest there was a raft of mis-hit passes, little movement and the urgency of going to visit the mother-in-law.

Although Sam Gaughran had an effort blocked and Mettam saw his header cleared off the line, it wasn't until after Ross Langworthy's opener after 66 minutes that the good Lynn finally reared their head.

In a frantic finale, Lynn had claims for a penalty waved away by the referee and his assistant, while Jacek Zielonka wasted a fine opportunity from five yards.

As the seconds ticked down, Lynn salvaged a point and protected their unbeaten record against Cirencester when Mettam thumped home a Dan Quigley knockdown.

Lynn: Street, Emmington, Yong, Gaughran, Mills (Edge 78), Quigley, M. Clunan, McQuaid (Hilliard 46), Zielonka, Mettam, Revan. Subs not used: L. Fryatt, A. Clunan, Pearson.

Cirencester: Rivers, Diaz-Bentiez, Scheving, Kilgour, Liddiard, Connolly, Elcock, Mortimer-Jones, Bennett, Langworthy, Knight. Subs not used: Brown, Youngsam, Buse, Griffin.

Attendance: 575.

Referee: Mr Darin Geary

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