King’s Lynn Town get a taste of their own medicine against Trafford

Lynn skipper Ryan Clarke, back, and Andy Hall, at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn skipper Ryan Clarke, back, and Andy Hall, at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Blowing a two-goal lead was a bitter pill to swallow for those connected with King's Lynn Town.

Not only because the dropped points put a severe dent in the Linnets' already outside chances of finishing in the play-offs. But more so as it gave Gary Setchell and his men a taste of what they tend to dish out.

On countless occassions over the last couple of years, Town have enjoyed late drama and goalscoring heroics in injury-time – especially at The Walks. On Saturday, the tables were turned.

The fact the hosts were 2-0 up, and cruising, contrived to make the feeling of disappointment even worse. Lynn should have seen the game out comfortably. They didn't. And everyone could see it coming.

Two goals in three first-half minutes saw Setchell's side open up a commanding advantage. Andy Hall headed home George Thomson's cute chipped ball and then turned provider to cross for Jake Jones to make it 2-0. Only 10 minutes were on the clock.

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The top-five hopefuls dominated territorially and had further chances to extend their seemingly unassailable lead. Trafford never looked like offering any sort of riposte either.

Debutant Ben Killip, signed from Norwich City in the week on a work experience deal, hadn't even had a save to make as the second half trundled along in a similarly unthreatening fashion.

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However, before he had chance to show why he's with the Premier League club, the 18-year-old was picking the ball out of the net. Some inexcusably sloppy defending allowed Clayton Payne to fire through a sea of bodies and give mid-table North some hope of taking something back to Manchester.

From that instance the whole atmosphere around The Walks changed. A relaxed afternoon immediately became a nervous one. And that fear set in on the pitch.

The hosts struggled to retain possession and despite their manager's screams of 'get up the pitch,' they slumped deeper and deeper into their own territory.

Trafford delivered cross after cross and every single person inside Town's home felt that eventually something was going to happen. After all, they're used to seeing late drama on their own turf.

Jones did his best to prevent the visitors when he hauled down Michael Oates with minutes left on the clock to pick up his second yellow card. The midfielder's red card was a clear sense of knowing he had to deny an equaliser in whatever way he could.But it still came as Oates beat Killip to an injury-time centre to drive a dagger into the heart of Lynn's play-off dreams.

It left Setchell feeling pig-sick at what he had witnessed – and all of those who love the Linnets not enjoying a taste of their own medicine.

- Click on the related links to read a match report and see a picture gallery, plus video highlights, from Saturday's game.

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