Missed chances cost Linnets all three points at Redditch

December 2, 2018

For the second successive weekend a catalogue of spurned chances came back to haunt King’s Lynn Town. 
Bedworth were the benefactors at the Walks ten days previously and on Saturday it was Redditch’s turn to benefit from the Linnets inadequacies in front of goal at the Trico Stadium. 
Linnets skipper Michael Clunan had fired Town ahead shortly after the half-hour mark but they failed to capitalise on their general dominance which allowed substitute Mitchell Piggon to plunder an equaliser for the grateful hosts who were outplayed for long periods.
Manager Ian Culverhouse shuffled his pack for the game, seeing a return to action from injury for Aaron Jones at the expense of Jordan Richards.
There were also starts for Matt Castellan and Craig Parker meaning bench spots for Ryan Hawkins and Chris Henderson. 
Jones was quickly into the action with Parker inches away from connecting with his centre before the fullback then teed up Adam Marriott who worked Reece Francis in the home goal.  
The Redditch shotstopper denied the same player with a low diving save, turning the ball onto his post, with the danger being cleared by a home defender. 
Ryan Jarvis was then unlucky as his goal-bound effort was blocked by a mass home defence. 
As Town lay siege to the home goal it came as no surprise when the visitors took a deserved lead through Clunan who expertly  fired   the ball home through a crowded penalty area.
Another flowing Lynn move saw Marriott race into the box, only to be denied by a superb blocked save from Francis.
Parker drilled a low effort wide shortly after the restart which seemed to spur the hosts into life as Shaqille Leachman-Whittingham saw an effort defect into Alex Street’s side netting and Piggon shot wide.  
The game then reverted to a familiar pattern with the Linnets creating further chances for Frazer Blake-Tracy and Hawkins whose efforts in turn were blocked and inches wide of their intended targets.
Just as goalkeeper Francis was announced as the home man-of-the-match, Piggon collected the ball six yards out and sent a shot which trickled past Street and into the net to give the home team a share of the points.
Redditch United: Francis, Ashmore, Mills, Loveridge (Franklin), Parsons, Evans, Butterfield (Nelson), Bunn, Reynolds ( Piggon), Leachman-Whittingham, Batchelor. Unused subs: Sinclair , Howards.
Goal: Piggon 90.
Bookings: Butterfield, Leachman-Whittingham.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Castellan (Hawkins), Gash, Marriott, Parker (Henderson). Unused subs: Richards, Bastock.
Goal: Clunan 31.
Booking: Jones.
Referee: Mr Ollie Williams.
Attendance: 302.    



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