Slim Hungerford pickings despite late Stevenson goal for King’s Lynn

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Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

Hungerford Town 2

King’s Lynn Town 1

King’s Lynn Town FC returned home empty-handed from their second long trip in the space of three days on Monday night.

A late Lee Stevenson goal – his fourth in two games – gave the Linnets some late hope but the hosts held on to take the three points.

Two first half goals from saw Lynn go down at Hungerford.

The goals, both originating from free-kicks, came despite Lynn having plenty of possession in the opening period.

On 15 minutes, a Matt Day free-kick found the head of Jon Boardman who had lost his marker. He headed the ball back across the box for an unmarked Stefan Brown to head home.

A David Bridges half-volley hit the woodwork as Lynn tried to reply but the Crusaders doubled their lead on 24 minutes against the run of play.

James Clark was the architect from another free-kick and Nat Jarvis headed home.

Jarvis and Brown had chances at the beginning of the second half, the first being held comfortably by Alex Street and the second going over the woodwork.

Jacek Zielonka headed straight at Paul Strudley from a Liam Hurst cross as Lynn threw more men forward in an attempt to salvage something from the game.

Lynn applied pressure but had to wait until the 84th minute to find a way through when Stevenson converted Hurst’s cross.

Stevenson’s goal clearly rattled Hungerford who were content to see the game out for the remaining few minutes.

Hungerford: Strudley, Horgan, John, Boardman, Day, Rees, Clark, Rusby, Jarvis (Draycott), Brown, Tyler. Subs not used: Goodger, Stow, Jones, Harrison.

Scorers: Brown 15, Jarvis 24.

Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt, Yong, Castellan (Edge 82), Gaughran, Smith, Clunan (Hilliard 56), Hurst, Zielonka, Stevenson, Bridges (Friend 78). Sub not used: L. Fryatt.

Booked: Clunan, Bridges.

Scorer: Stevenson 84.

Attendance: 112.

The Linnets are without a game this weekend.

King’s Lynn Town Reserves will try to entertain Downham Town for the third time of asking in the fourth round of the Norfolk Senior Cup on Tuesday.

The tie has been changed after originally being scheduled for tomorrow after a further postponement on Tuesday night. Heavy rain caused the game’s second call-off in the space of four days.

Instead Lynn Reserves will tomorrow travel to March Town while Downham entertain Wivenhoe Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One.

Swaffham Town return to the Thurlow Nunn Premier League, away to local rivals Thetford Town. They then are at home to Kirkley and Pakefield on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Swaffham Reserves continued their good form with a 3-0 victory over Downham Town Reserves.

Alfie Brindle, Ahmed Rhaouti and James Thompson found the back of the net for the Pedlars. Tomorrow they are at home to Long Stratton Reserves.

Tomorrow Fakenham Town, who at the weekend in the Premier Division lost 3-6 at home to Newmarket Town, travel in the Norfolk Senior Cup to Gorleston.