Linnets dig deep for victory

November 18, 2017

Basingstoke Town 1-2 King’s Lynn Town.


A second half Sam Gaughran goal added to Michael Clunan’s 3rd successive penalty kick saw The Linnets inflict a rare home defeat on a Basingstoke side that infact hadn’t lost at home since the opening day of the season. 


Manager Ian Culverhouse made two changes form the side that defeated Royston Town at the Walks on Tuesday evening, Frazer Blake-Tracy and Leon Mettam where restored at to the starting lineup at the expense of Tom Ward and Simon Lappin. 


And it was Lynn that started the better of the two sides, Frazer Blake-Tracy’s driving run and cross into the box just avaded the waiting Linnets players in the box and was cleared to safety by the Basingstoke defence.


Craig Parker should then have put the visitors infront just minutes later, The midfielder turning the ball over the bar after latching onto a Michael Gash flick from a Michael Clunan free-kick. 


The goal that Lynn deserved finally arrived on 26 minutes, Home skipper Marcus Johnson-Schuster was penalised for bringing down Ryan Hawkins on the just inside the area and Clunan comfortably converted from the penalty spot for the third game in a row.


Leon Mettam nearly doubled Lynn’s advantage just minutes after the goal but his long range effort was turned onto the post by home keeper Colm McAdden.


As expected the home side came out looking for a goal to get them back in the game after the break and that arrived on 49 minutes. 


Alex Street was flattened by striker Ben Wright as he came to claim the ball inside the box and with everybody expecting the whistle to go for a foul Wright poked the ball into the net to level the score.


Almost instantly Lynn restored their advantage in the very next attack. A corner wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Ryan Jarvis played the ball back into the box that was met by the head of Gash who’s header cannoed back of the crossbar luckily into the path of Sam Gaughran who stabbed the ball past McAdden.


The home side where restricted to long range efforts and came close to an equaliser twice through Shane Hallamby and the dangerous Ben Wright. 


Goalkeeper Alex Street spoke after the game and had this to say.


“We’ve tried to play football but the last few games it’s been ugly wins, We’ve sunk to the oppersitions level but fortunately we’ve dug deep and grinded out the result, Other than that we’ve still got the three points and we can kick on.


“We had a long chat after the Mildenhall and Chesham games as we where being to nice, We now don’t allow to happen to an extent we’ve toughened up and that shows in the recent results with a clean sheet Tuesday and the win today against Basingstoke they make it difficult for teams to play, We’ve matched match them, We are full of confidence at the moment but we’ve come here and done our job and we’re going home with all three points. 



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