Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 0 Hungerford Town 1
Referee Sean Feerick was the main talking point as King’s Lynn suffered a heartbreaking defeat at The Walks on Tuesday night.
The Linnets, who had already been reduced to ten men early in the second period following the controversial sending-off of Sam Mulready, were sunk by a goal in the ninth minute of injury time from The Crusaders.
After the game furious Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “When is the last time you have ever seen a game where there is nine minutes of injury time?
“Where has he got nine minutes from? Their physio went on once in the second half for about two or three minutes after Sam’s sending-off and there were the substitutions.
“He didn’t let anyone know on the sidelines how much time he was added on. We kept asking him ref how long, ref how long. I don’t know how long he would have played if they hadn’t of scored.
“That has really hurt us to be fair and I’m livid.”
On the soft dismissal of Mulready, Setchell said: “It was a yellow card all day long, not a red.
“I think their lad has connected with Sam. I think Sam has made a tackle and their lad has caught him and they have collided.”
Lynn made two changes from the team that drew with Weymouth with Lee Smith and Sam Mulready replacing Jack Friend and David Bridges.
A local power cut, caused by underground electricity cable, a minute before the break was the highlight of a dull first half which saw just two efforts on goal.
John Sands, on the end of Michael Clunan’s free-kick shot wide on 41 minutes and Hungerford’s Gary Horgan headed wide at the back post shortly afterwards.
Prior to the 44th minute blackout, which lasted almost 15 minutes, there was little action in the opening period.
Supporters were again left mystified when Mr Ferrick called the players out to finish the final minute of the first half.
Lynn’s best chance of the game came seven minutes into the second half when Lee Stevenson gave visiting goalkeeper Paul Strudley an easy save after scuffing his shot following some neat build up play.
Mulready just failed to get his head to Stevenson’s cross before he was shown a red card after a 50-50 challenge with Scott Rees.
As everyone in the stadium continued to look at their watches after an extortionate amount of injury-time, Ian Herring stabbed home from a corner for Hungerford’s winner.
Lynn: Street, R Fryatt, Yong, Castellan, Miller, Smith, Clunan, Stevenson (L. Fryatt 88), Mulready, Sands (Zielonka 81), Hilliard (Hurst 72). Subs not used: Friend and Edge.
Hungerford: Strudley, Horgan, Day, Jones, Tyler, Clark (Jarvis 74), Herring, Rees, Preen, Draycott, Brown (Goodger 80). Subs not used: John, Rusby.
Booked: Day, Tyler.
Goal: Herring (90+8).