Sunday, November 4, 2012

King's Lynn 3 Halesowen 2 - Linnets leave it late

King's Lynn have carried on where they left off last season in the United Counties and are currently second in the Northern Premier League Division 1 South. It seems like they are going to be locked in a two way fight for the Championship again with Coalville, who are top of the table, being their competition for a second consecutive promotion.

They must have fancied their chances yesterday as they took on Halesowen, who are currently in mid-table and who had a number of first team players out injured. The Yeltz did have one secret weapon though in the shape of Ben Haseley, who is the division's highest scorer.

The Linnets started the game off on the attack and came close on four minutes Dan Quigley shot the ball in and it narrowly missed.

Lynn continued to attack and had several chances to get in the lead. In the opening encounters Russell Dunkley was causing the Halesowen defence all sorts of problems and they seemed to be unable to cope with his strength. On 18 minutes an inch perfect pass from Dunkley to Danny Beaumont drew a fantastic save from Halesowen's Paul Evans. Lynn came close from the corner, but the Yeltz were weathering the storm.

Soon after this though Lynn's winger and fans' favourite, Stephen Spriggs sprang to life on the right wing and after some characteristic trickery Lynn were ahead on 28 minutes. It seemed like Spriggs had got the beating of the Yeltz defence as he tore their defence apart twice in the two minutes which followed the goal, however he was unable to extend the Linnets' lead.

As long as Lynn couldn't extend their lead Halesowen were still in the game and they proved this in the last minute of the half when Haseley scored an equaliser with their first meaningful attack of the game. The Yeltz weren't satisfied with that though and despite Lynn's dominance of the first half Halesowen almost had the lead when they hit the bar with the last touch of the half.

The second half started off at a frenetic pace and both teams had chances in the opening passages of play. However it was the visitors who had the upper-hand and Haseley was causing the Lynn defence all sorts of problems. The best chance coming on 55 minutes when he missed from point blank range after following up from a free kick.

This time though it was Lynn's turn to score against the run of play and on the hour mark Beaumont put the ball in the back of the net for the home team. After this the game turned into a bit of midfield battle. Lynn were passing the ball around nicely, but Halesowen looked more decisive on the attack. With just 9 minutes left on the clock the visitors had an equaliser when some superb team play saw substitute Mitchell Botfield stab the ball home for the visitors.

Lynn could have settled for the draw, but it was clear that they weren't going to be satisfied with a point. The home team threw everything forward in search of a winner and in the last minute substitute Jason Turner had the winner for the Linnets in a thrilling game.

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