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King's Lynn suffer second successive defeat on the road as Wealdstone triumph in National League clash




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King's Lynn Town succumbed to a second successive defeat as their troubles continued at Grosvenor Vale.

Ian Culverhouse's side made a bright start in West London but were out-fought by the Stones over the 90 minutes.

Kairo Mitchell netted a late consolation for the Linnets who remain without an away win since early January.

Sonny Carey: Picture: Tim Smith. (45010044)
Sonny Carey: Picture: Tim Smith. (45010044)

And the Lynn manager's selection woes were further deepened after on-loan Bolton Wanderers defender Jak Hickman limped off the pitch after just 35 minutes of his debut.

Hickman's untimely departure leaves Culverhouse with more injured defenders than fit ones going into games against league high-flyers Sutton United, Hartlepool and Torquay in the next fortnight.

Kairo Mitchell. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010046)
Kairo Mitchell. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010046)

The Linnets boss was forced to tinker with his line-up for the third successive game as injured duo Cameron King and Ross Barrows joined a host of fellow team-mates on the furlough list.

Skipper Michael Clunan returned to Lynn's starting XI while teenager Hickman was handed his bow for the club.

Simone Jackson. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010048)
Simone Jackson. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010048)

Canadian international Simone Jackson and Alfie Payne – Lynn's other two new arrivals – had to be content with a place on the bench alongside Michael Gyasi.

Like Lynn, their hosts had recently furloughed a number of players due to the ongoing financial issues with some National League clubs, although it didn't stop them from recording an impressive home victory over Boreham Wood last Tuesday.

Danny Parish – Wealdstone's hat-trick hero in the reverse fixture at The Walks – started on the bench for the Stones.

Hickman made a good early impression with a delightful ball across the face of the home goal in the second minute but no Lynn player was on hand to get a touch on it.

The loanee delivered another cross a minute later which was sliced clear by the home defence.

Jak Hickman. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010050)
Jak Hickman. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010050)

Sonny Carey tried his luck from distance, forcing Harry Isted into a save down to his left, and then played in Kairo Mitchell two minutes later, but the frontman was wide with his effort.

All of Lynn's early domination went to waste when the hosts took the lead in the ninth minute after hardly having a kick in the opening exchanges.

Midfielder Clunan conceded a needless free-kick 30 yards out and some quick-thinking from Alex Dyer put Danny Green through to fire past Archie Mair.

Sonny Carey. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010052)
Sonny Carey. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010052)

Lynn tried to deliver a quick response with Mitchell teeing up Alex Kiwomya but his effort whistled wide of Isted's left post.

The injured Hickman trudged off to be replaced by Jackson as Lynn switched formation and went to a diamond.

Less than a minute after Hickman's untimely departure, Lynn found themselves two goals down as Jacob Mendy crossed for Ross Lafayette to stab home.

Chris Smith. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010054)
Chris Smith. Picture: Tim Smith. (45010054)

Seven minutes after the restart, Tyler Denton delivered a great cross which Mitchell guided towards goal, only to be thwarted by a fine save from Isted.

Jackson's first sight of goal came on the hour-mark when the former Premier League frontman found some space before blasting wide.

Wealdstone wrapped up the three points close to the midway point of the second period after Lynn defenders stood off Mendy and allowed him the freedom to fire home a third.

Jak Hickman. Picture: Tim Smith (45010056)
Jak Hickman. Picture: Tim Smith (45010056)

Mitchell pulled a goal back nine minutes from time when he converted a Kiwomya cross, but it was too little, too late for Lynn who had another effort cleared off the line in the dying minutes.

Wealdstone: Isted, Efete, Okimo, Cawley, Mendy, Charles, Phillips. Dyer (Wishart 63), Green (Hughes 81), Lewis, Lafayette (Parish 63). Subs: Askew, Hughes, Wishart, Parish, Hearn.

Booked: Dyer.

Scorers: Green 9, Lafayette 37, Mendy 66.

King's Lynn Town: Mair, Callan-McFadden, Smith, Clunan, Richards (Payne 85), Fleming (Gyasi 73), Mitchell, Kiwomya, Carey, Denton, Hickman (Jackson 36). Subs: Gyasi, Jackson, Payne.

Scorer: Mitchell 81.

Jordan Richards. Picture: Tim Smith (45010058)
Jordan Richards. Picture: Tim Smith (45010058)


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