Sunday, January 26, 2014

King's Lynn 3 Ilkeston 1

Yesterday we went to the Walks to watch King's Lynn take on Ilkeston in the premier division of the Northern Premier. At the start of the game Lynn were in 5th place and Ilkeston were in 15th, so on paper it looked like the Linnets should bag a home victory. It didn't quite look like it was going to work out like that.

Ilkeston were quite a physical side, but they were also very well organised and in the first half they were able to extinguish fairly easily any chances that Lynn created, meanwhile the visitors looked quite dangerous on the counter attack, but also didn't look like breaking down the Lynn defence despite some decent wing play. Therefore both teams went in at half time on level terms.

The second half was delayed due to a monstrous storm, but after a few minutes we were back under way, although the pitch in places didn't look playable. The conditions seemed to suit Ilkeston more than King's Lynn and on 62 minutes Tyrell Waite hit them on the break to put Ilkeston in the lead and it looked like there was no way back for Lynn. Then Charley Sanders came off the bench and helped turn things round for the hosts. On 87 minutes he got the equaliser after being set up by Ryan Fryatt. 2 minutes later Fryatt and Sanders combined again with what looked like a last minute winner when they swapped roles and Fryatt drove the ball home. However in stoppage time there was still time for Lynn to put the icing on the cake when Ilkeston paid for a reckless challenge in the box and Ron Duffy stepped up to make it 3-1.

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