EvoStik League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 1
FC United 2
King’s Lynn suffered their fourth home defeat of the campaign to leave them pointless from their two festive period fixtures.
Thomas Greaves fired the Reds in front on the stroke of half-time before Lewis Lacy ghosted into the box for FC United’s second goal 20 minutes from time.
Lynn’s David Bridges replied late on, but it was merely a consolation for Lynn, who sit 12th in the table going into the New Year.
Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “I think the better side won, if I’m honest, and it has come down to key moments in the game.
“The referee has made a poor decision leading up to their first goal. I thought their lad has jumped into Ryan (Fryatt) but neither his assisant or him have seen it.
“I think 0-0 would have been fairer going into half-time as I think we created some good opportunities where the final ball has let us down in the final third.
“Again the key moments have killed us in the second half. Gregg Smith should have equalised but five minutes later we’ve gone to sleep and conceded from a set piece.”
Fresh from their 4-3 Boxing Day reverse at Barwell, King’s Lynn Town made two changes to their starting line-up.
Manager Setchell recalled both Jackson Ramm and David Bell to the side with Henry Eze and Michael Frew being relegated to the bench.
FC United found themselves without defender James Knowles, who suffered a suspected double leg break during the 4-0 win at Curzon Ashton, while Joseph Fox and Jerome Wright also began for The Reds.
Lynn, with just one league success in seven, were quick out of the blocks and an early chance saw Ramm drag an effort just wide of the post.
The Walks outfit continued their bright start and in the ninth minute a marauding run from defender Jordan Yong saw him beat three players before lashing his effort into the side netting.
Two minutes later, Bell’s centre picked out Bridges, whose header was gathered at the second attempt by FC United goalkeeper David Carnell.
The visitors grew into the game as the half wore on and they should have taken the lead midway through the first period when Matthew Wolfenden’s pullback was left by Greg Daniels for the unmarked Fox to blaze over the woodwork.
Lynn’s Ryan Fryatt was on hand to scramble Thomas Greaves’ header off the line and Dean Stott nodded the follow-up over during the ensuing scramble while both Fox and Daniels wasted further half-chances for the visitors.
The opening goal finally arrived in the sixth minute of first-half injury time when Fryatt misjudged his header and Fox fed the ball through to Greaves to slot past Street.
United almost took advantage of another defensive slip-up at the start of the period when Bell presented the ball straight to Wright, whose shot took a deflection over the woodwork.
A rare chance for the hosts saw Bridges head a delicious cross from Bell narrowly wide as Lynn tried to find a way back into the contest.
Wolfenden, making his 200th appearance for the Reds, was foiled at an acute angle by Street before the resulting Craig Lindfield corner was headed off the line by Jordan Yong.
Lynn’s Gregg Smith and substitute Steve Spriggs both came close to finding an equaliser but, just as the hosts seemed to be getting on top, Lindfield’s corner was firmly met by the head of Lewis Lacy to clinch the three points.
Bridges converted a late free-kick from Bell, but it was not enough for the Linnets whose winter slump continues.
King’s Lynn Town (4-4-1-1): Street, Ramm (Mulready 71), Yong, Watson, Fryatt, Quigley, Bell, Bridges, Smith (Frew 71), Thomson, Jones (Spriggs 44).
FC United (4-1-3-2): Carnell, Brownhill, Daniels (Brown 71), Stott, Lacy, Ashworth, Wolfenden, Fox, Greaves (Walwyn 85), Wright, Lindfield (Van Gils 80).
Referee: Mr M. Buonassisi (Rushden).
n A first-half hat-trick from former Coalville striker Anthony Carney saw Lynn slide to a 4-3 defeat at Barwell on Boxing Day.
Once again the Linnets were poor defensively, although Gary Setchell’s side could have easily come back with a point after dominating long periods of the second half.
George Thomson, Gregg Smith and David Bridges were all on target for Lynn.