Southern League Premier Division: King’s Lynn Town 1 Frome Town 0
Teenager striker Dylan Edge broke Darren Chitty's resistance in the final 10 minutes to secure a hard-fought Lynn win.
The game between two of the league's lowest-scoring sides looked destined to remain goalless after Frome's Mitchell Page had seen an effort chalked off and keeper Chitty had made a string of second-half saves.
However, it was substitute Edge who had the final say in the closing stages when he produced the poacher's finish that the clash had been crying out for all afternoon at a bitterly cold Walks. The 17-year-old pounced when he benefited from Lee Stevenson's powerful surge into the box and fired home on the turn to make Lynn's first home league match in a month a victorious one.
Gary Setchell made two changes from the team that lost 2-0 at Dorchester last time out. Matty Castellan made way for suspension-free defender Ryan Fryatt while Jack Friend replaced the injured Lee Smith.
Fryatt went close to latching onto an inventive ball from Michael Clunan while Jacek Zielonka offered an encouraging burst. But the majority of the penetrating moments in the first half came from the boys in red.
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Ricky Hulbert's raking pass got James Fitzgibbon in behind Jordan Yong. Keeper Alex Street came to the rescue though by narrowing the angle and blocking the winger's half volley with his body. Home defender Kern Miller then denied Jake Jackson after he'd created a yard of space inside a congested penalty box.
A rapid break presented the hosts with their first real sighter around the 20-minute mark yet Zielonka, with his weaker right foot, dragged his attempt across the face of goal.
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The Robins continued to threaten with only fine marshalling from Yong and Sam Gaughran bringing an end to dangerous forays. However, the duo and their team-mates soon only had the offside flag to thank when they were cut open once more.
A delightful one-two involving Jon Davies and Hulbert saw the latter burst into the box and pick out Page. Unfortunately, the frontman had been too eager to get into the six-yard box and saw his celebrations cut short.
Clunan, from a corner, and Liam Hurst from distance stung goalie Chitty's fingertips yet those moments were far less alarming than Frome's final surge which saw Street deny Davies with his legs.
Minutes after the restart David Bridges charged into the penalty area as Lynn looked to get on the front foot. His wild shot had more chance of troubling the Christmas shoppers in the town centre – about half a mile away – than Chitty's net. Street was closer to being worked during the next attack but he got his angles right and watched Davies' drive drift over.
The Linnets' renewed intent after the interval was nearly checked when Davies' corner found the head of Nathan Summers. Setchell breathed a sigh of relief as he powerfully guided the ball just wide of the target.
The hosts responded well to that scare with substitute Toby Hilliard and Bridges forcing Chitty to make a couple of fine saves. The shot-stopper's parry to palm the former's instinctive snapshot was all about his lightning-quick reactions.
Fryatt was the next Lynn player to be frustrated by the Frome keeper's excellence but he could do little when Edge sealed a hard-fought win from close range in the final 10 minutes.
Lynn (4-1-3-1-1): Street, R Fryatt, Miller, Gaughran, Yong, Bridges, Clunan, Hurst, Stevenson (Castellan, 90+2), Friend (Hilliard, 58), Zielonka (Edge, 71). Subs not used: L Fryatt, Simpson. Booked: Hurst, Hilliard. Goal: Edge (81)
Frome (4-1-3-2): Chitty, Roberts, Teale, Hobbs, Summers, Nkunga, Davies (Jefferies, 77), Hulbert, Jackson (Sinclair, 61), Page (Monelle, 85), Fitzgibbon. Subs not used: Miller, Jeffries. Booked: Summers. Goal: None.
Referee: D Appleby
A gallery of Matthew Usher's pictures from today's game will be added to this report soon.