Leamington 1 King’s Lynn Town 1: Linnets keep up the fight

Sam Gaughran was on target for King's Lynn Town at Leamington.

Sam Gaughran was on target for King's Lynn Town at Leamington. - Credit: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images

The Linnets' unbeaten run continued after a brave performance against fellow promotion hopefuls Leamington kept them in the play-off mix.

Gary Setchell's side sit just inside the top five and are now unbeaten in five games.

But it was Leamington who started the better and on 14 minutes, striker Rob Ogleby went tantalising close to putting them ahead with a header from a corner, but the effort flew straight into the hands of grateful Linnets keeper Alex Street.

The Brakes threatened again four minutes later through an impressive Sam Austin scissor-kick, but once again Street was in the right place.

After being on the defensive for much of the opening exchanges, it was Lynn who took the lead on 24 minutes, Michael Clunan's free-kick worked out wide to Lee Stevenson whose cross found Sam Gaughran who thumped the ball in off the crossbar.

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Street needed to make an excellent save just before the interval, diving to keep out a shot from Ben Mackey who had come off the bench to replace the injured Ogleby.

The home side continued to press in the second half and Street was again called on to push a Jack Edwards effort over from 15 yards.

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At the other end, Liam Hurst whipped in a free-kick across the face of goal, but neither Ryan Fryatt nor Stevenson could divert it over the line.

Leamington's equaliser came from super-sub Mackey on 58 minutes. Jack Edwards broke into the penalty area and played in the striker who calmly slotted into the bottom left-hand corner with the Lynn players calling for offside.

Both sides had chances to sneak the points late on, with Toby Hilliard putting a good chance over from close in before Sam Mulready planted a header too high from Lee Smith's cross.

Setchell admitted Leamington had given Lynn a tough time, particularly following the introduction of goalscorer Mackey, who was also on the scoresheet when the sides met at The Walks back in October, that time sealing a narrow 1-0 win.

'They didn't create many chances until we scored, but when Ogleby pulled his hamstring it proved to be a game changer,' Setchell said.

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