Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 1
King’s Lynn Town extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought point at Leamington on Saturday.
And it could have been so much better for Gary Setchell’s side after Ben Mackey’s second-half equaliser appeared to be offside for the hosts.
Leamington created the better opportunities at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium, but Lynn are no pushovers these days and were good value for their point.
The kick-off was delayed by a traffic accident outside the ground.
In the early stages, Lynn’s Lee Smith did well to sweep a dangerous cross from Lee Moore behind for a corner before Rob Ogleby nodded straight at keeper Alex Street from close range.
Courtney Baker-Richardson saw his effort flash across the face of goal, while Sam Austin’s volley landed safely in the arms of Street.
Lynn went ahead after 24 minutes, with their first effort on goal, when skipper Sam Gaughran crashed an unstoppable shot in off the bar after Leamington failed to clear a free-kick into their penalty box.
Leamington came straight back with substitute Mackey, who replaced Rob Ogleby, forcing the busy Street into another save.
Smith sliced a rare chance high and wide for the visitors while Mackey was denied again, a defender deflecting his shot behind for a corner.
After the break, Jack Edwards’ header was pushed over the bar by Street before the same player headed the resulting corner wide.
Smith had a decent opportunity to double Lynn’s advantage but he fired his effort straight at Tony Breeden.
He was left to rue not making more of the chance when Leamington levelled things up shortly afterwards.
Edwards played through Mackey, who turned home his 20th goal of the season despite looking a few yards offside.
Former Burton Albion player Baker-Richardson shot agonisingly wide and, shortly after, forced an excellent save from Street at his near post.
A late header from substitute Sam Mulready dropped onto the roof of the Leamington net as the spoils finished all-square. Lynn remain fifth and take on another play-off hopeful next Saturday when Hungerford Town visit.
Leamington: Tony Breeden, Richard Taundry, Connor Gudger, Joe Magunda, Jamie Hood, James Mace, Lee Moore (James Fry 84), Jack Edwards, Rob Ogleby (Ben Mackey 24), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Ross Oulton 89), Sam Austin.
Subs not used: Jamie Tank, Ben George.
Kings Lynn Town: Alex Street, Ryan Fryatt, Jordan Yong, Kern Miller, Matt Castellan, Lee Smith, Michael Clunan (David Bridges 80), Liam Hurst (Toby Hilliard 67), Jacek Zielonka (Sam Mulready 71), Lee Stevenson, Sam Gaughran. Subs not used: Jack Friend, Dylan Edge.
Referee: Mr Andrew Newbold.