King’s Lynn Town pegged back by high-flyers
King's Lynn Town 1 Buxton 2
King's Lynn Town's unbeaten four-game league and cup run was ended in disappointing fashion last night by high-flying Buxton Town.
Gary Setchell's side were unable to hold an early second-half lead as the Derbyshire visitors came from behind to extend their unbeaten league start on their EvoStik League travels.
A rare Ross Watson goal saw the Linnets make the perfect start to the second half, only for Buxton to maintain their excellent record on the road with efforts from Shaun Tuton and Liam Hardy.
Lynn made three changes to the side which started the 7-0 cup demolition of Boston Town at the weekend.
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Chris Ward and Stephen Spriggs made way for Jordan Yong and David Bell respectively, while Jake Jones returned to the side in place for the injured Jackson Ramm.
Ramm's injury saw manager Gary Setchell shuffle his defensive pack with Dan Quigley moving alongside Ryan Fryatt in the heart of the back four. Watson and Jordan Yong filled the full-back berths as Lynn began the game with a flat back four in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
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There was little to choose between the two sides in the opening exchanges.
Jake Jones forced visiting goalkeeper Arron Jameson into an early stop down to his left after six minutes, while at the other end Hardy tested the handling of Alex Street.
Buxton missed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 18th minute when Ash Palmer glanced Jamie Green's centre just wide of the target. Quigley made a couple of brilliant last-gasp tackles to deny Tuton, but his second intervention forced him off the field with an early injury and Henry Eke was introduced into the action.
Lynn should have got their noses in front after 26 minutes when Yong's cross from the left was missed by three visiting defenders, but Michael Frew could only head into the arms of Jameson.
On the stroke of half-time, David Bridges headed a David Bell corner over the woodwork as Lynn finished a disappointing first period slightly on top.
Lynn came out for the second half without Sam Mulready, their hat-trick hero from Saturday, who was forced out of the proceedings with concussion following a clash of heads towards the end of the first half.
Just after the restart, Mulready's replacement Steve Spriggs unleashed a stinging shot which visiting goalkeeper Jameson failed to hold onto and Frew failed to gobble up the rebound.
But less than a minute later Lynn were in front when, in their next attack, Watson smashed home from just inside the box.
Lynn's advantage lasted all of five minutes when they were caught napping by a long ball over the top and Tuton slotted past a helpless Street.
Buxton took the lead in the 69th minute when Street could only parry a cross into the path of Hardy to fire the Derbyshire outfit in front.
Lynn forced a succession of late corners but were unable to breakdown a stubborn Buxton rearguard for a second time on the night.