Mangotsfield United 1, King's Lynn 0

A freak last minute goal meant King's Lynn came away from the South West with nothing as they succumbed on a poor pitch at Mangotsfield tonight.

A freak last minute goal meant King's Lynn came away from the South West with nothing as they succumbed on a poor pitch at Mangotsfield tonight.

Team Bath's 2-0 win at Yate, just a few miles away, completed the misery for Keith Webb's men - knocking them off the top of the table.

It was never going to be a pretty game following the recent heavy rain in the Bristol area, but the hosts played to their strengths, literally out-muscling the King's Lynn players at Cossham Street.

Some of the Linnets players will have woken this morning counting their bruises after a dire game neither side honestly deserved to win.

With a gale blowing from behind one goal and occasional showers adding to the pudding-like nature of the pitch, this was a mud-fight which neither the referee, nor either team, ever really took control of.

Mangotsfield had a good shout for a spot kick after 25 minutes when Mark Warren appeared to lean heavily on Alan Griffin in the box.

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Minutes later Lynn failed to clear a bobbling ball in the area and Ronnie Mowatt drew a fine reflex safe from Scott Howie.

The scare seemed to waken Lynn and Andrew Fisk nearly opened the scoring, but couldn't quite connect with Jack Defty's nod down.

Defty missed a gilt-edged chance minutes later, when he headed a Greg Lake corner inches over when left unmarked.

After the break, it was much of the same. Daniel Buhlemann hit a useful-looking half-volley, but it was blocked harmlessly to the keeper.

John Turner had a better chance a minute later. Defty flicked a Fisk ball on, but Turner delayed a fraction too long before shooting, allowing John Rendell to save at his feet.

Mangotsfield were fractions away from breaking the deadlock themselves with 20 minutes remaining when Griffin muscled past Lake at left-back and hammered the ball against the far post.

The game then appeared to enter a stage where both sides looked happy for a draw with only Jack Allward drawing a save from Howie.

Just when it looked like a goal would never come, Greg Crane threw himself into a challenge and gave away a free-kick by the Lynn left corner flag.

Allward drifted the cross in, but it dropped over a stranded Howie's head and inside the far post to give the home side an undeserved win.

Webb will now hope his Linnets can bounce back at home to Clevedon on Saturday.

t Mangotsfield: Rendell, Arndale, Allward, Thorne, Milsom, French, Wilmot. Mowatt, Griffin, Ballinger, Morrissey (Douglas, 44). Subs not used: Kilgour, Crew, Stewart, Criddle. Bookings: Morrissey (19), Thorne (39). Goal: Allward (90).

t King's Lynn: Howie, West, Lake, Warren, Crane, Camm, Buhlemann (Mulryne, 74), Fisk, J Defty, Bloomfield (Nolan 54), Francis (Turner 10). Subs not used: Frew, Murray. Bookings: Crane (90)

t Referee: I Hamilton (Cheltenham)

t Attendance: 178.