Linnets beaten by a goalkeeping masterclass at Banbury

April 7, 2019

An outstanding goalkeeping display from Jack Harding and classic counter attack goals from Greg Kaziboni and Amer Awadh saw King’s Lynn Town defeated in Oxfordshire on Saturday. 
Harding pulled off a host of fine saves to frustrate the visitors in an encounter they dominated for long spells. ‘
"Their goalkeeper has been inspired today," said Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse afterwards. 
"He has made a number of inspiring saves and fair play to him. He’s been named the sponsors man-of-the match and that tells you a lot about this afternoon. It was one of those days for us really. 
"Our final ball could have been better and both of their goals have come from our possession in their half. 
"I don’t have to tell the players that. It’s a disappointed dressing room in there and I’m not going to stand here and knock them. 
"They have achieved so much since I returned to the club and to be sitting in a play-off place with four games remaining is a remarkable achievement. One thing I can promise is that we will be back."
The Linnets made one change to the line up that had beaten Halesowen Town the previous weekend as Aaron Jones replaced skipper Michael Clunan who was placed on the bench as a precautionary measure with a toe injury. 
Missing out altogether was Ryan Hawkins who collected an injury in midweek training.
Adam Marriott saw an early shot deflected for a harmless corner but then drew a fine diving stop from Harding after being teed up by Michael Gash. 
The overlapping Ross Barrows picked out Chris Henderson who drilled his effort wide and Marriott again went close with a snapshot from close range. 
Harding stayed big to keep out Marriott and then proved equal to Gash who had cut inside two defenders before unleashing a powerful drive which the keeper parried away for a corner which resulted in Barrows firing over the bar. 
Town were caught by a real sucker punch a minute before the break as the powerful Kaziboni broke up another visiting attack in his own half before embarking on a mazy run and dispatching a curling shot from just outside the box beyond a diving Alex Street  to give The Puritans the lead.
Barrows forced Harding into a diving save and Gash was narrowly wide from close range as the visiting dominance continued at the start of the second half. 
Clunan was introduced to the action, striking a shot from distance that Harding again pushed to safety. 
It was then Jones’s turn to be frustrated by Harding who then produced an excellent reaction save to keep out Craig Parker’s blast with minutes remaining. 
With Lynn now desperately searching an equaliser home substitute Awadh raced clear before keeping his composure to beat two defenders and Street to clinch a real smash-and-grab three points for the home team.

 

 

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