Stratford Town 1 King’s Lynn Town 1 – Jack Friend to the rescue as Linnets make their point
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Supersub Jack Friend struck a late equaliser for Lynn at the DCS Stadium.
While there was a touch of good fortune about the goal it was no more than Gary Setchell's side deserved.
There were 89 minutes on the clock when Lee Smith drilled a free-kick against the wall. It bounced to Friend and he hit a rasping shot past keeper James Cutts from a narrow angle. And fellow substitute Sam Mulready almost snatched an injury-time winner, outmuscling Anthony Charles only to drill his shot just the wrong side of the post.
There had been little to choose between the sides in a game played at a frenzied pace but crammed full of misplaced passes and individual errors.
Stratford should have taken a 28th minute lead when Aaron Moses-Garvey's inch-perfect cross picked out the unmarked Mark Magee but the striker steered his header straight at Alex Street. Two minutes later Sam Gaughran fizzed an effort over the bar with the striker then scraping the woodwork with a thumping 40-yard drive.
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It was a similar story at the start of the second half with the visitors pinning their hosts back and it needed a good save to keep out a well-struck Jacek Zielonka effort. Stratford rarely threatened but with five minutes to go Lynn were carved open by an excellent Jamie Sheldon through ball. It picked out Magee on the left who in turn sent Kieren Westwood into the area and the defender made no mistake from 12 yards. The excellent Stevenson put an another effort just wide before supersub Friend earned his side a deserved draw.
Kings Lynn: Street, R Fryatt, Young, Miller, Castellan, Smith, L Fryatt (Mulready, 62), Hurst (Edge 90), Zielonka (Friend 77), Stevenson, Gaughran.
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