Linnets beaten at home by St Neots’ 10 men

King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse is hoping for an enjoyable return to Carrow Road with King's L

King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse is hoping for an enjoyable return to Carrow Road with King's Lynn Town. Picture: Matthew Usher

King's Lynn Town's four-match winning streak came to an end as St Neots ended a run of eight successive defeats on the road at The Walks.

The Linnets, who lost all three centre-halves to injury in a bruising first 45 minutes, failed to cope with Jevani Brown for the Saints who had James Tricks sent off early on in the proceedings.

Lynn's starting line-up showed five changes from the team that defeated Basingstoke Town on Saturday. Goalkeeper Alex Street returned after serving a one-match suspension while Sam Gaughran was also back in the fold from injury.

There were also starts for Jacek Zielonka, Eoin McQuaid and Sam Warburton as manager Ian Culverhouse shuffled his pack.

Lynn went behind after just seven minutes when goalkeeper Street totally misjudged the bounce from a long clearance and Brown nipped in to head home.

Nine minutes later, the Saints were reduced to 10 men after Tricks was shown a straight red card for elbowing Ryan Fryatt.

Fryatt left the field with a nasty cut above his left eye and worse followed 12 minutes before the interval when fellow centre-half Tom Ward followed him off the field with a hamstring injury.

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The lively Brown saw an effort cleared off the line by Chris Ward while both Shane Hill and Declan Rogers missed golden chances to put the Saints further in front.

Lynn were dealt another blow two minutes prior to the interval when Gaughran limped off to leave them with all three centre-halves injured going into the break.

The Walks outfit enjoyed plenty of possession in the second period but were unable to do anything with it.

St Neots added a second 16 minutes ftom time when Brown punished an error at the back before Zielonka set up a tense finale after netting with Lynn's first effort on target.

KIng's Lynn Town: Street, Fryatt (McWilliams 18), Yong, Gaughran (Edge 46), Ward (C. Ward 33), Everington, Clunan, Zielonka, Hilliard, McQuaid, Warburton, McWilliams.

St Neots Town: Archer, Norman, Herd, Clarke (Butler 90), Wood, Parr, Rogers (Bell-Toxtle 72), Hill, Tricks, Hyam, Brown.

Attendance: 429.

Referee: Mr N. Smith (Bourne).

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