Linnets host Magpies to kick-off home friendlies

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King’s Lynn Town continue their pre-season programme tomorrow night when they host Dereham Town at The Walks (7.45pm).

Tomorrow’s clash, which has been re-arranged, is the first of two home friendlies in the close season with AFC Sudbury the visitors on Saturday.



Midfielder Liam Hurst is an injury concern for the Linnets after limping off seven minutes before the interval against Boston United on Saturday.

Admission prices at The Walks are £8, concessions £6, juniors £3 and under-12s free.

Lynn Reserves begin their pre-season tomorrow with a match against Cromer Town.

Boston United 1

King’s Lynn Town 1

Jack Frohawk struck a second-half leveller as King’s Lynn Town earned a draw at Boston United.

Carl Piergianni had headed the Pilgrims in front five minutes after the interval at the Jakemans Stadium.

But it was the Linnets who had the final say as Frohawk, who had only been on the pitch a minute, shrugged off the challenge of former Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace defender Julian Bennett to beat Matt Urwin from close range with a stabbed finish.

But the away side’s stand-out performer was keeper Alex Street who made a handful of superb saves, before being replaced by teenager Luke Pearson late on.

The Lynn number one corrected his footing to divert Kyle Dixon’s 20-yarder when at full stretch, after his effort had taken a wicked deflection off Jackson Ramm.

And there was more of the same after the break when he fingertipped Jamie McGhee’s dipper over his bar. Those two were the most memorable stops on a day when the keeper was in fine form.

The contest began after an emotional minute’s silence for Leeanne Marshall, the mother of Lynn’s Conor, who passed away last weekend following a lengthy illness.

Marshall was one of five ex-Pilgrims lining up for the Linnets, Sam Mulready, Kern Miller, Michael Clunan and Sam Gaughran the others.

And it was the Southern Premier League side who started the brighter of the two; Lee Stevenson forcing Urwin into a low save at his near post following a stinging angled drive and Mulready heading over after doing well to meet a difficult cross.

As Boston came back into the contest, Mark Jones headed wide and Ramm was in the right place to head Piergianni’s effort off the goalline.

Piergianni put the Pilgrims in front 10 minutes after the re-start with a trademark headed goal.

After giving Gaughran the slip, the centre back met Dixon’s free kick and powered the ball into the top corner.

However, the Linnets were level in the 65th minute when Frohawk worked his magic after latching on to Jacek Zielonka’s pass.

The usual flurry of pre-season substitutes disrupted the second half, but both sides saw efforts flash wide of the mark.

United’s Dymon Labonne saw a cross almost catch Street out while Clunan was left holding his head in his hands after his free kick left replacement keeper Alex Brown stranded, but failed to hit the target.

Stevenson then drove a low effort at the Boston goal, but could only find the side netting.

And with full time approaching, Piergianni’s looping header at the back post landed the wrong side of the crossbar.

Boston United: Matt Urwin (Alex Brown 74), Jake Sheridan (Cameron Dear 48), Julian Bennett, Zak Mills (Kaine Felix 69), Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni, Kaine Felix (Dymon Labonne 66), Kyle Dixon, Jack Smith (Jamie McGhee 48), Mark Jones, Jay Rollins (Harry Limb 77).

Lynn: Alex Street (Luke Pearson 85), Jackson Ramm, Jordan Yong, Conor Marshall (Liam Fryatt 76), Sam Gaughran (Ryan Fryatt 64), Kern Miller, Michael Clunan, Liam Hurst (David Bridges 38), Sam Mulready (Jack Frohawk 64), Lee Stevenson, Jacek Zielonka.

Ref: Alistair Wilson. Att: 356.