Late heartbreak for Linnets on the road
- Credit: Matthew Usher
King's Lynn Town's longest trip of the season ended in heartbreak as late goals from Gavin Skelton and Scott Allison condemned the Linnets to defeat.
For long spells of the match it looked as if Lynn would return home with a valuable point in their quest to cement a mid table Evo-Stik Premier finish but the high flying hosts had other ideas which was a bitter pill for a stubborn Linnets side.
A quiet first half saw Connor Marshall fire over for the visitors and Alex Street tipping Matty Tymon's shot over his bar as both outfits struggled to make an impact on a dry, uneven pitch and strong wind blowing.
The second spell began on a fiery note with referee Barry Cropp lecturing both home skipper Dan Wordsworth and David Bridges following an angry tussle in front of the visiting dugout. Alex Salmon's chip was gathered by Street and Henry Eze was in commanding form to deny both Tymon and Conor Tinnion in close succession.
Bridges looped a header just wide and substitute Jacek Zielonka saw loud penalty appeals waved away by referee Cropp.
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The game was becoming slightly more stretched now as Salmon found himself in a one-on-one situation with Street which saw the Lynn keeper stay big and deny the home man. Fryatt was on hand to deflect another Tymon shot with all connected with The Linnets looking at their watches urging it to pass quicker.
However, home player–manager Skelton had other ideas as he collected a loose ball on the edge of the visitors box, looked up, and sent an angled shot across Street which nestled in the net.
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With Town trying to overcome their disappointment Allison smashed the ball home from close in to further compound the visitors anguish to put the final result beyond any doubt. With this kind of passion and fight the Linnets should be okay for another season of Northern Premier football next season.
A win at Frickley Athletic tomorrow would see the benchmark 50-point barrier broken. However, nothing in football can be taken for granted and boss Gary Setchell knows his side must continue to show more of the same between now and the end of April.