Marine 1, King’s Lynn Town 2 – Linnets finally end their away hoodoo
- Credit: Matthew Usher
King's Lynn Town finally secured only their second away league win of the season with this thoroughly deserved victory in Liverpool.
Not since the opening day at Ramsbottom United had Linnets supporters enjoyed a full quota of points on their travels but a Joel Bembo–Leta own goal and a classy Leon Mettam strike ensured that their long journey home would be a happy one. However, the win was soured for Lynn following a serious leg injury sustained by influential midfield man David Bridges.
Having been initially carried off with a suspected dead leg the player was taken to hospital with a possible broken femur. Further examinations found the 32-year-old was suffering from an internal bleed in his leg and he was kept overnight in hospital for further treatment.
The home side controlled the first half and mastered the difficult, swirling wind blowing around Marine's Arriva Stadium. Yet, despite all of their best efforts it took the award of a soft-looking penalty on the half-hour mark to give them the lead as Jordan Yong was penalised for a high foot on the twisting Lewis Codling. Lloyd Ellams gave Alex Street no chance with the resulting spot kick.
Some travelling fans could have been fearing the worst but their team responded well with Ross Watson's thunderous driven shot being blocked by Liam Blake with the ball falling to Michael Frew who forced keeper Matt Cooper into action.
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If the first half was Marine's then the second was most definitely Town's. David Bell's corner resulted in Henry Eze heading inches wide. Bell then put a free-kick just over following a foul on loanee Peter Winn who enjoyed a very encouraging debut.
Just before the hour the Linnets finally levelled when home skipper Bembo–Leta turned the ball into his own net from Watson's centre under intense pressure from Mettam. That goal injected further belief into the gold shirts with Mettam going close twice. The frontman was not to be denied though and with 20 minutes remaining he knocked Steve Spriggs' low cross past Cooper with the most delightfully delicate touch. As you would expect for a side deep in a relegation battle Marine came again and Street had to be on top form to deny Carl Peers twice but at the other end Frew saw a shot blocked by Bembo–Leta.
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The final whistle was greeted with cheers loud enough almost to be heard back in Norfolk with all connected with the club relieved that a considerable sized monkey had been removed from their backs.