Missed chances cost King’s Lynn Town dear at league leaders Skelmersdale United

Since football first began the cliché 'goals change games' has been a regularly used comment.

When King's Lynn manager Gary Setchell used it after his side's trip to West Lancashire it was a suitable description.

For the first hour his side had taken the game to the Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders and could have had a comfortable lead before Skelmersdale struck in the 62nd minute to turn the game on its head.

The Linnets started positively and inside six minutes home goalkeeper Ryan McMahon made a great save to keep out Massiah McDonald.

Then in the 16th minute the keeper made arguably his best as Linnets' man of the match George Thomson ran onto a ball from the right and sent a missile like effort low to McMahon's right. From the half-hour Skelmersdale started to get their passing game going, prior to that King's Lynn had smothered them.


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The first threat came when midfielder Ashley Dunn shot over Alex Street's crossbar in the 27th minute, soon followed by a Kenny Strickland free-kick that whistled past the post.

When McDonald broke free of his marker but sent his header from Andy Hall's cross wide of the target in the 35th minute, another chance was gone.

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King's Lynn did well again after the restart. The highlight was when Jordan Yong put a cross into the heart of the goalmouth and Duffy headed against the crossbar, the ball dropping into McMahon's grateful grasp.

In the 62nd minute, Street dived low to his left and blocked Strickland's 25 yard free-kick; Skelmersdale hit the crossbar with

the rebound and in a flurry of action Matty Hughes hit the loose ball into the roof of the Linnets' net.

Seven minutes later Hughes ball from the right wasn't cleared prop-erly and dropped to the edge of the penalty area from where Dunn hit a scorching shot into the King's Lynn net.

Adam Morning completed Lynn's misery with a third late on.

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