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King’s Lynn Town 0-1 Guiseley AFC - Linnets miss chance to return to summit after third straight home defeat

PUBLISHED: 19:34 14 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:15 15 March 2020

Chris Henderson was booked for simulation in the first half. Picture: Ian Burt

Chris Henderson was booked for simulation in the first half. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town squandered an opportunity to return to the top of the National League North after being beaten 1-0 by Guiseley at the Walks.

Adam Marriott had a number of chances for King's Lynn in a 1-0 defeat to Guiseley Picture: Ian BurtAdam Marriott had a number of chances for King's Lynn in a 1-0 defeat to Guiseley Picture: Ian Burt

Kaine Felix's first half strike proved the difference, as he capitalised on a defensive error to give the Lions the lead.

Lynn were left to rue squandered opportunities. Adam Marriott was the guilty party, missing a number of clear cut chances for the hosts.

The Walks was one football venue which was hosting football this weekend, after many scheduled fixtures were suspended due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse watch on. Picture: Ian BurtPaul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse watch on. Picture: Ian Burt

Ian Culverhouse made five changes to his side as he sought a response following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Bradford PA on Tuesday.

The Norwich City legend took up a different vantage point to usual, occupying a seat in the stands as opposed to patrolling his technical area.

The opening 30 minutes of the game was scrappy, with both sides looking to hit their forward players with direct passes.

King's Lynn's Michael Clunan (tracksuit) was sent off by the referee after 1-0 defeat to Guiseley. Picture: Ian BurtKing's Lynn's Michael Clunan (tracksuit) was sent off by the referee after 1-0 defeat to Guiseley. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn carved out the first meaningful effort on 31 minutes, when Chris Henderson, Dayle Southwell and Marriott combined to send the Linnets top-scorer through.

Marriott cut inside from the left before looking to finish below the goalkeeper, but Bradley Wade saved well.

It was the Lions who took the lead moments later, after a poor defensive backpass was seized upon by Felix. He rounded Alex Street prior to converting into an empty net.

Simon Power tries to get Lynn on the front foot. Picture: Ian BurtSimon Power tries to get Lynn on the front foot. Picture: Ian Burt

On the stroke of half-time, Lynn felt they should have been awarded a spot-kick after Henderson was bundled over in the penalty area by McNally.

It looked a clear foul, but the referee judged that the Lynn midfielder had dived and booked Henderson for simulation, much to the fury of Lynn's dug-out.

The Linnets set about imposing themselves on the fixture in the second period. City loanee Alfie Payne pounced on a loose ball and found the influential Henderson in the final third.

A free-kick was given against (17) Michael Gash, when Kennedy Digie went over the top  of Lynn's front man. Picture: Ian BurtA free-kick was given against (17) Michael Gash, when Kennedy Digie went over the top of Lynn's front man. Picture: Ian Burt

His threaded pass sent Marriott galloping towards goal on the right. He looked to chip Wade, but his shot dropped agonizingly past the post.

Culverhouse's men continued to press for an equaliser. The introduction of Simon Power and Ryan Hawkins saw Lynn revert to a more conventional 4-4-2 formation.

Hawkins delivery from corners was providing Lynn with another deadly weapon. His cross found the head of Rory McAuley, who failed to get his header on target.

Michael Gash leaps the highest at the back post but was given offside. Picture: Ian BurtMichael Gash leaps the highest at the back post but was given offside. Picture: Ian Burt

Power skipped past two defenders on 70 minutes before delivering a cross which was met by Marriott. The striker failed to generate any power on his effort and Wade collected simply.

Lynn continued with their efforts and a chance once again fell to Marriott. He controlled on his chest and unleashed an effort but it dribbled wide of the post.

Gash had a late header saved late on as Lynn were beaten for the third consecutive home match in a row.

Adam Marriott put this chance just wide of the target. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Marriott put this chance just wide of the target. Picture: Ian Burt

The hosts vented their frustrations towards the referee at the final whistle, with Ross Barrows receiving a yellow card for dissent after the final whistle.

Michael Clunan, who is out injured, saw red for his protestations.

King's Lynn chairman Stephen Cleeve admits a pause to the Linnets' National League season due to coronavirus has major implications on every level Picture: Ian BurtKing's Lynn chairman Stephen Cleeve admits a pause to the Linnets' National League season due to coronavirus has major implications on every level Picture: Ian Burt

- King's Lynn Town (3-5-2): Street; Smith, Ward (Power, 59), McAuley (c); Barrows, Henderson (Hawkins, 59), Richards, Payne, Fox; Southwell (Gash, 63), Marriott. Subs not used: Kelly, Jones.

- Goals:

Chris Henderson was booked for simulation in the first half. Picture: Ian BurtChris Henderson was booked for simulation in the first half. Picture: Ian Burt

- Bookings: Ward (foul on Felix, 41), Henderson (simulation, 43), McAuley (foul on Felix, 68), Gash (Dissent, 76), Hawkins (foul on Felix, 90), Barrows (Dissent, 90)

Lynn's Ross Barrows. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's Ross Barrows. Picture: Ian Burt

- Red Cards: Clunan (Dissent, FT) Back (Dissent, FT)

- Guiseley AFC: Wade; McNally, Bencherif (c), Ekpolo, Nicholson; Felix, Cantrill, Digie, Johnson; Spencer, Soleman (Shaw, 69). Subs not used: Sheppeard, Zanos, Clayton, Smith.

Adam Marriott battles for possession watched by his managers. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Marriott battles for possession watched by his managers. Picture: Ian Burt

- Goals: Felix 33

Ian Culverhouse instructs his players. Picture: Ian BurtIan Culverhouse instructs his players. Picture: Ian Burt

- Bookings: Spencer (foul on Ward, 37), Digie (foul on Fox, 44), Bencherif (foul on Hawkins, 90)

- Additional time: 1 min/4 mins

King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse, centre, during the weekend game against Guiseley. Picture: Ian BurtKing's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse, centre, during the weekend game against Guiseley. Picture: Ian Burt

- Referee: Mr Atkinson

A foul was given here against Lynn's striker Adam Marriott. Picture: Ian BurtA foul was given here against Lynn's striker Adam Marriott. Picture: Ian Burt

- Attendance: 1,432

Paul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse watch from the sidelines. Picture: Ian BurtPaul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse watch from the sidelines. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Simon Power. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's Simon Power. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Simon Power. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's Simon Power. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Alfie Payne. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's Alfie Payne. Picture: Ian Burt

Adam Marriott put this effort wide of the post. Picture: Ian BurtAdam Marriott put this effort wide of the post. Picture: Ian Burt

Over 1,400 watched Lynn's latest defeat at The Walks. Picture: Ian BurtOver 1,400 watched Lynn's latest defeat at The Walks. Picture: Ian Burt

Chris Smith clears the danger. Picture: Ian BurtChris Smith clears the danger. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Chris Henderson. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's Chris Henderson. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Alfie Payne. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's Alfie Payne. Picture: Ian Burt

Rory McAuley was voted Lynn's man of the match. Picture: Ian BurtRory McAuley was voted Lynn's man of the match. Picture: Ian Burt

Chris Henderson was booked for simulation in the first half. Picture: Ian BurtChris Henderson was booked for simulation in the first half. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's No. 1 Alex Street. Picture: Ian BurtLynn's No. 1 Alex Street. Picture: Ian Burt

Club Chairman Stephen Cleeve watches on. Picture: Ian BurtClub Chairman Stephen Cleeve watches on. Picture: Ian Burt

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