King’s Lynn Town miss chances at Chesham as play-off hopes all but ended

Defeat for Sam Gaughran (L) and Lee Stevenson 26.3.16
Defeat for Sam Gaughran (L) and Lee Stevenson 26.3.16
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Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

Chesham United 2

King’s Lynn Town 0

Missed chances proved costly as King’s Lynn Town’s play-off hopes were all but ended at the Meadow.

The Linnets created as many opportunities as the hosts, but were beaten by two first-half efforts from The Generals.

Lynn’s misery was compounded by a missed penalty from Liam Hurst early in the second half.

The Linnets were forced to reshuffle with Michael Clunan being suspended and Lee Smith injured, so David Bridges and Sam Gaughran were both handed starts.

Gary Setchell’s side created the better openings in the first 25 minutes.

On-loan striker John Sands did well to beat two players and make space for himself, but he scuffed his shot on eight minutes.

Twelve minutes later, Liam Hurst volleyed straight at the keeper and, shortly after, Sands chipped home goalkeeper Shane Gore but saw his effort go wide.

Just after that Chesham took the lead when Ryan Blake got away from Jordan Yong and his cross was volleyed in at the back post by Dave Pearce.

Lee Stevenson should have got Lynn back on level terms soon after but fired over from inside the box when he should have done better and Ryan Fryatt then headed a Hurst corner wide when well placed in the box.

Lynn fell further behind nine minutes before the interval when Blake beat Alex Street to the ball following a cut-back from Pearce.

Both goalkeepers were called into action as the half drew to a close.

Gore producing a good stop to deny Sands, while Street kept out Sam Youngs’ effort at the other end.

Lynn started the second half looking to get back into the match.

Yong saw his shot turned behind by Gore and minutes later Lynn look to have been awarded a lifeline when Sands was fouled in the box by Nick Beasant, son of former Wimbledon legend Dave.

But Hurst’s weak penalty was easily saved by Gore.

Further chances fell to Lynn with one effort being cleared off the line by Ashley Smith, with Gore beaten, before the home shotstopper pulled off an outstanding save to deny Sam Mulready.

Chesham: Gore, Smith, Little, Beasant, Ujah, Hamilton-Forbes (Taylor), Pearce, Youngs, Blake, Hayles (Bossman), Martin (Gater). Subs not used: Nolan and Ford.

Booked: Ujah. Scorer: Pearce 29, Blake 36.

Lynn: Street, R Fryatt, Yong, Miller, Castellan, Gaughran, Hurst (Zielonka), Stevenson, Sands, Mulready, Bridges (Hilliard). Subs not used: McQuaid, Zielonka and Friend.

Booked: Mulready, Bridges.

Attendance: 351.