King’s Lynn Town 1
Popular wide-man Steve Spriggs marked his permanent return to the club with a late equaliser as the Linnets claimed a valuable point at Buxton on Tuesday night.
Spriggs, who cemented his move from AFC Sudbury for an undisclosed fee on Monday evening, levelled to leave the Bucks with just one win from their last seven league outings.
Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “I’m delighted for Steve because Monday afternoon at four o’clock we didn’t even know if he was coming back or not.
“He’s come here tonight and scored the equaliser and what a finish it was. The lad can finish. We’ve got him fit and that’s why I have brought him back here.
“I’ve been a big critic of some of Spriggsy’s away performances but tonight he came on and caused one or two problems.”
Last season’s meeting at the Silverlands saw the hosts run out 6-1 winners, with Lynn having two players sent-off, but there was no repeat this time around.
Liam Hardy had fired the hosts in front on the brink of half-time but the resurgent Linnets hit back and duly equalised 11 minutes from time.
Defender Jordan Yong picked up two yellows to leave Lynn with ten men for the last five minutes.
Setchell said: “Most people would have taken a point before we came here and I don’t think there could have been any complaints had we gone on and won the game.
“We’ve come here and I don’t think my goalkeeper has had to make a save and one lapse in concentration has cost us.
“I thought we were the team pushing and trying to win the game. I think we were in the ascendancy in the second half.
“Buxton scoring on the stroke of half-time would have set a lot of teams back. We could have felt sorry for ourselves but we kept going and worked our socks off.”
Lynn were in determined mood at the back, but with half-time beckoning, a floated free-kick into the box found Hardy, who controlled, turned and rifled a shot into the roof of the net.
Lynn introduced Spriggs just after the hour-mark and his arrival seemed to invigorate The Walks outfit.
He latched on to a pass inside the box before slotting beyond Jameson to cue wild celebrations on the Linnets bench.
Buxton huffed and puffed for a winner but even after Yong was dismissed, they failed to severely test Alex Street between the posts.
Buxton: Jameson, Franks, Ryan (Young 80), Palmer, Green, Niven, King, Wilson, Corner, Hardy (Taylor 67), Tuton. Subs not used: Stevens, Williams, Ludlam. Booked: Ryan, Franks. Scorer: Hardy 45.
Lynn: Street, Ramm, Yong, Fryatt, Eze, Bridges, Bell (Spriggs 63), Quigley, Smith (Watson 85), Thomson, Jones. Sub not used: Stocker.
Booked: Yong, Quigley; Sent-off: Yong (two yellows). Scorer: Spriggs 79.