Linnets earn a point at Brackley after late penalty drama

August 14, 2019

Adam Marriott’s 93rd-minute penalty earned King’s Lynn Town a valuable point during an evening of late drama at St James Park on Tuesday night.
The first 45 minutes were an even affair with both sides enjoying good periods of possession but failing to create clear openings. 
The closest the Linnets came to breaking the deadlock came midway through the half as Ryan Fryatt’s powerful header was turned onto his own bar by home keeper Danny Lewis and away to safety. 
At the other end, Alex Street produced a splendid stop to deny Glenn Walker just before the interval.
Brackley took the lead shortly before the hour when the powerful Lee Ndlovu rifled home from distance after a lapse in the visiting defence allowed him the chance to shoot, beating Street all ends up. 
Indeed the home frontman would have doubled his tally had Chris Smith not stepped in with an outstanding last-ditch tackle. 
With time rapidly running out, home full-back Ellis Myles was adjudged to have handled the ball in his own box following a sustained spell of Lynn pressure, and the ice-cool Marriott dispatched the resulting spot-kick beyond Lewis. 
Further drama was to follow as Ndlovu buckled in Town’s penalty area following Smith’s challenge, which again resulted in referee Richie Watkins pointing to the spot. 
However, Shane Byrne couldn’t repeat Marriott’s coolness as he blasted his effort against the bar to leave both sides with a point from proceedings.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Smith, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Gash, Marriott, Henderson. Subs: Hawkins, Payne, Kelly, Barrows, Jarvis.
Attendance: 500.



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