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King's Lynn rescue a dramatic point at Eastleigh in the National League




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King's Lynn Town staged a dramatic second-half comeback to overturn 2-0 half-time deficit into a point at the Silverlake Stadium.

The Linnets looked down and out after conceding twice in the opening eight minutes in Hampshire and were forced to come back for a third time after being pegged back to 3-2 in a game where they lost striker Gold Omotayo to injury.

Goals from Michael Clunan and Ethan Coleman brought Lynn back on level times in a pulsating affair before a stunning free-kick from Brett McGavin rescued a draw after Ben House had put the hosts back in front.

Eastleigh on the attack at the Silverlake Stadium. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895865)
Eastleigh on the attack at the Silverlake Stadium. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895865)

Striker Junior Morias sat out the final match of a three-match suspension as manager Ian Culverhouse made two changes to the team that was beaten 2-0 by Chesterfield on Bank Holiday Monday.

Malachi Linton and Joe Rowley both returned to the starting line-up at the expense of Clunan and Michael Gyasi who found themselves among the substitutes.

Linton was back in the fold after his midweek appearance for parent club Wycombe Wanderers while Rowley was back after being "club tied" against the Spireites.

Lynn got off to the worst possible start in Hampshire when goalkeeper Paul Jones failed to get any distance on his clearance and Pierce Bird, under pressure from Ryan Hill, put the ball into his own net from 20 yards out against his former club.

Perhaps if there was in a hint in Eastleigh's lack of ammunition in last season's stats there was no sign of it as they doubled their advantage six minutes later, Harry Pritchard letting fly from the edge of the 18-yard box.

King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Paul Jones saves well. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895889)
King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Paul Jones saves well. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895889)

Lynn were forced into an early change after 21 minutes after Omotayo limped off to be replaced by Clunan.

Omotayo's departure saw midfielder Rowley push further up field alongside Linton with the visitors so short of options in the striking department.

Despite their poor start on the south coast, Lynn cleared their heads and were guilty of squandering two golden opportunities to get themselves back into the match.

Midfielder Ethan Coleman, who was booked for the fourth successive match this season, failed to get a telling connection to Tyler Denton's corner while Clunan missed a sitter from 12 yards out as the interval loomed.

The Linnets made a second change at the start of the second half and switched to a 4-4-2 as Brett McGavin came on for Bird.

Eastleigh players celebrate after taking the lead in the opening 30 seconds. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895863)
Eastleigh players celebrate after taking the lead in the opening 30 seconds. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895863)

And they hauled themselves straight back into the game four minutes after the restart when Clunan's deflected effort found the back of the net.

They were back on level terms 21 minutes from time after Joe Rowley's floated cross was cleared and Coleman was on hand to smash home the lose ball.

Eastleigh's Ryan Hill showed some great footwork inside the box but the forward's effort at goal was wide of the post with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Ben House fired the hosts back in front against the run of play, but it was McGavin who had the final word as the youngster fired home a spectacular free-kick after Munashe Sundire had been fouled on the edge of the box.

The point maintained Lynn's unbeaten start on their travels in the National League and also preserved the club's unbeaten record against their Hampshire opponents.

Striker Gold Omotayo receives treatment at Eastleigh. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895861)
Striker Gold Omotayo receives treatment at Eastleigh. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895861)

Eastleigh: McDonnell, Hare, Boyce, Maghoma, Kelly, Miley. Whelan, Hesketh. Pritchard, House, Hill. Subs: Flitney, Low, Torniainen, Smart, Whitehall.

Scorers: Bird OG 1, Pritchard 8, House 78.

Booked: Miley, Hesketh. Whelan, Boyce.

King's Lynn Town: Jones, Denton, Callan-McFadden, Bird (McGavin 46), Bowry (Fernandez 78), Coleman, Omotayo (Clunan 21), Linton, Sundire, Barrows, Rowley. Subs: Gyasi, Gascoigne.

Scorers: Clunan 49, Coleman 68, McGavin 86.

Bookings: Coleman and Callan-McFadden.

Eastleigh on the attack at the Silverlake Stadium. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895865)
Eastleigh on the attack at the Silverlake Stadium. Picture: Tim Smith. (50895865)


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