Linnets beaten on the road at AFC Rushden & Diamonds

February 10, 2019

King’s Lynn Town can have few complaints following a slender 1-0 defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday. 
Despite the Linnets controlling possession for much of the game Tom Lorraine’s first half goal was enough to ensure a home victory.
Rushden's victory tightened up the intriguing battle between a handful of teams vying for the play-off positions.
The Hayden Road pitch, which had passed a morning inspection, was heavily sanded and, combined with a strong and gusty wind,  a flowing game of Southern League football was never on the cards.
Home goalkeeper Ben Heath was in early action, producing a scrambled stop to deny Ryan Fryatt following a Michael Clunan free-kick. 
Diamonds Declan Rogers tested Alex Street from distance and Zac Reynolds fired wide following home pressure. 
The busy Adam Marriott curled wide from the angle before Rogers again tested Street from a free-kick which saw the Lynn man produce a fine diving save to turn the ball away. 
Minutes later, Street was helpless to prevent Lorraine giving the home team the lead as the hardworking front man took full advantage of some slack Town defending to plant the ball into the visiting net. 
The Linnets could have gone in level though as Michael Gash contrived to hit the base of the post from a few yards out when it looked easier to score after a Frazer Blake-Tracy corner.
Marriott dragged a shot wide following some neat footwork and some determined defending by Alex Collard denied Craig Parker twice in the space of a few seconds as the Linnets continued to press for the leveller. 
On the hour-mark, manager Ian Culverhouse made a double change that saw the introduction of Ryan Hawkins and Chris Henderson. 
The move gave Town even more of a stranglehold on proceedings and it seemed only a matter of time before the continuous pressure would tell.
Hawkins chanced his arm from distance but the effort cleared Heath’s bar and Gash’s first-time effort bobbled wide of its intended  target. 
Deep into stoppage time Hawkins again curled a shot well wide of the Diamonds goal which summed up perfectly a highly-frustrating afternoon for the Linnets and a sizeable travelling support.

 

 

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