King’s Lynn Town 1 Slough Town 0
The Linnets followed up their magnificent victory at Hereford on Saturday with a hard fought victory in a scrappy encounter with play off rivals Slough at The Walks.
There was one change to the starting line up from Saturday’s victory at Hereford. Simon Lappin picked up a knock in that game and dropped to the bench, replaced by Craig Parker. Tom Siddons also returned to the subs bench fresh from his recent loan at Spalding.
Lynn started the game the brighter and created the first opening, Michael Clunan firing straight at visiting keeper Jack Turner after being played in by Toby Hilliard.
Slough looked dangerous on the break, forcing three early corners which ultimately came to nothing.
Michael Gash was next to test Turner with a low drive from the edge of the box, which the visiting keeper saved to his left.
Slough then came close to opening the scoring as skipper Mark Nisbet headed Matt Lench’s free kick on to the roof of Alex Street’s net.
Clunan was booked breaking up a Slough counter attack before Gash was in the thick of the action for Lynn again, this time heading a Cameron Norman cross wide.
Matt Lench was then booked for Slough for a late challenge on Norman, strike partner Perry Coles was lucky not to be booked for a similar challenge on the same player a couple of minutes later.
The best chance of the half fell to Gash a couple of minutes before the break, his volley beat Turner but cannoned back off the crossbar. Ward was unable to turn the rebound home.
Slough created an opening within seconds of the restart, George Wells tricking his way through the home defence and curling an effort just wide of Street’s right hand post.
Lynn responded almost straight away, Norman burst down the right and crossed to Parker, but his shot lacked power and was held by Turner.
Lench then had to be alert to halt a driving run from Frazer Blake-Tracy as the full back burst into the box.
In the 64th minute a foul on Norman almost by the corner flag resulted in a free kick to The Linnets. Clunan’s flighted ball into a packed box was flicked on by Ryan Fryatt, and Ward applied the final touch past Turner to give Lynn the lead.
As the home side celebrated the goal, Lench was shown a second yellow card for dissent and forced the visitors to see out the final 25 minutes with ten men.
Two minutes later Turner pulled off a superb double save to deny Parker and then Clunan as the Linnets tried to make their numerical advantage count.
Hilliard was then put through on goal by Simon Lappin, but Turner was equal to his side footed effort. Shortly afterwards the shot stopper was called into action again to deny Hawkins.
Slough continued to apply pressure despite their numerical disadvantage, and sub Manny Williams fired a warning from the edge of the box. His dipping shot flew just over Street’s crossbar.
As the game ticked into 5 minutes of stoppage time, James Dobson was booked for the visitors. Slough won a corner and keeper Turner joined the action in the Lynn box. The ball fell to Ryan Hawkins but a superb last ditch tackle from Nisbet denied him a goal with the keeper frantically running back towards goal.
The win takes the Linnets back to within 4 points of leaders Hereford, their game at Biggleswade falling victim to the weather.
Manager Ian Culverhouse spoke after the game and had this to say.
“The boys where outstanding and to carry on where they left on Saturday is fantastic, The pitch was diabolical for both teams it wasn’t much of a spectacle for the fans unfortunately but we’ve found a way to win that’s what good teams do, And were a good team.
“Beating Hereford and now Slough tonight, shows that we can compete and we’ve got nothing to fear, we are just taking it one game at a time and as long as we turn up and compete and be competitive in every game then we’ve got a good chance.