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King's Lynn Town treat returning fans to a point as Solihull Moors are held at The Walks




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King's Lynn Town treated their returning fans to a well-deserved point as they ended the play-off hopes of Solihull Moors at The Walks.

Defender Ross Barrows headed Lynn into a half-time lead before Adam Rooney equalised for Solihull, who needed maximum points from their final two matches to have a chance of sneaking into the play-offs, four minutes into the second half.

Lynn's first game in front of a crowd for more than five months was watched by 613 who made for a cracking atmosphere during an entertaining affair.

The fans were back at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558208)
The fans were back at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558208)

Defender Kyle Callan-McFadden, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious ankle injury, was missing from Ian Culverhouse's starting line-up as Lynn went in search of their first win for 12 matches.

Solihull looked dangerous in the opening ten minutes and Jordan Cranston's in-swinging corner was met by the head of James Ball but he was unable to direct it on target and the ball dropped onto the roof of the net.

Manager Ian Culverhouse encourages his players. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558206)
Manager Ian Culverhouse encourages his players. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558206)

Simeon Jackson headed a Michael Gyasi cross over the woodwork and Michael Gash just failed to connect with another Gyasi centre as Lynn rallied in front of their home faithful.

Seventeen minutes before the interval, the fingertips of Ryan Boot kept out a thumping header from Jackson as the hosts again belied their lowly league position.

Ross Barrows is mobbed after heading Lynn in front against Solihull. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558198)
Ross Barrows is mobbed after heading Lynn in front against Solihull. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558198)

But the home crowd didn't have to wait much longer before seeing their heroes take the lead when Barrows managed to get his head on the end of a Alex Babos corner at the near post in the 30th minute.

The visitors responded by almost equalising four minutes later, but Kyle Storer's header was gratefully gathered by Theo Richardson.

Manager Ian Culverhouse encourages his players. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558202)
Manager Ian Culverhouse encourages his players. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558202)

Lynn almost added to their lead in the opening two minutes of the second half when Babos saw his goalbound effort blocked before the ball went behind for a corner.

The Solihull goal lived something of a charmed life as Sonny Carey had a shot blocked, Jackson's follow-up was denied by the legs of Boot and Michael Clunan fired just wide all in one attack.

Lynn defender Tai Fleming. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558200)
Lynn defender Tai Fleming. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558200)

Solihull levelled matters eight minutes into the second period as Adam Rooney converted Alex Addai's cross from the right.

Lynn's Carey had the chance to repeat his sublime free-kick against Wrexham in the 71st minute following a handball on the edge of the box, but curled his effort well over the woodwork.

Linnets skipper Michael Clunan shadows a Solihull player. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558196)
Linnets skipper Michael Clunan shadows a Solihull player. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558196)

King's Lynn Town: Richardson, Howard, Fleming, Barrows, Denton, Clunan, Carey, Jackson, Babos, Gash, Gyasi (Kiwomya 69). Subs not used: Payne, Bastock, Gascoigne.

Booked: Clunan, Howard, Gash.

Scorer: Barrows 30.

Striker Simeon Jackson working hard for the Linnets. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558204)
Striker Simeon Jackson working hard for the Linnets. Picture: Tim Smith. (47558204)

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Cranston, Storer (Archer 87), Sbara, Rooney, Maycock, Ball (Hudlin 52), Cameron, Addai, Thompson. Subs not used: Piggott, Hancox and Donawa.

Booked: Williams, Storer.

Scorer: Rooney 54.



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