Southern League Premier
Bedworth United 3
King’s Lynn Town 0
Linnets striker Toby Hilliard saw red as King’s Lynn Town slumped to defeat at Bedworth on Tuesday night.
Hilliard became the first Lynn player this season to receive a straight red after being adjudged to have elbowed home skipper Kyle Cartwright in the 25th minute.
King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell said: “He’s a young lad who plays with a lot of enthusiasm and endeavour and yes he has caught the player with his elbow but he hasn’t swung an elbow.
“I think the referee has panicked after seeing the blood. We’ve had her three times and she has given us two red cards.
“The second half was one of the most pleased I’ve been with the players as we showed plenty of spirit and endeavour.
“Even before they scored we were the better side and we worked so hard with ten men when we were 2-0 down.”
Setchell made two changes from the team that defeated Witham on Saturday with Tom McLeish coming in for Jordan Yong and Matt Castellan for Kern Miller.
After an opening flurry of Lynn corners it was Bedworth who took the lead.
Lynn were caught in possession and Luke Rowe played the ball through to Aron Wint to fire home.
Lynn had a chance from Michael Clunan’s free-kick but it was headed over by Matt Castellan before Hilliard’s dismissal left Lynn with a mountain to climb.
Chances came and went at both ends with Liam Hurst’s driving run seeing his shot straight at the ‘keeper whilst Wint had a header well saved by Alex Street.
Lynn fell further behind five minutes before the break when the Greenbacks’ most recent signing Jordan Archer stabbed home.
Lynn dominated possession after the break but it was the hosts that scored when full back Richard Wesley struck from the edge of the box with two minutes remaining.
Prior to that David Bridges had seen an effort bounce onto the top of the crossbar and Jacek Zielonka a header scrambled off the line.
Lynn were denied a late consolation which would have been deserved for their efforts when Mulready shot was cleared by Nathan Haines with the goalkeeper beaten.
Bedworth: Hinds, Degville-Cross, Rowe, Westwood, Cartwright, Haines, Walters, Jepson, Wint, Archer, Wesley. Subs: Naughton, Blenkinsopp, Albrighton, Creaney, Walker-Donovan.
Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt, McLeish, Castellan, Bridges (Frohawk 85), Marshall, Clunan, Hurst (Zielonka 46), Hilliard, Stevenson, Mulready. Subs not used: Friend, L.Fryatt and Pearson.
Booked: Bridges, Mulready.