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King's Lynn Town fall to Halifax defeat despite taking first half lead

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FC Halifax Town 4
King's Lynn Town 2

A crazy lunchtime contest saw King's Lynn Town go down to promotion-chasing Halifax despite making a dream start.

The Linnets led 2-0 inside 25 minutes thanks to goals from Michael Gash and Sonny Carey.

Michael Gash put the Linnets ahead.
Michael Gash put the Linnets ahead.

But a spell of four goals in 15 minutes either side of half-time settled the game in the Yorkshire side's favour.

Both teams came into the game on the back of four-goal drubbings in midweek, although the hosts' hammering at home to Wrexham appeared far more significant for their season than the Linnets' loss at Stockport.

But it was the home side who looked more likely to be nursing a hangover as the Linnets enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.

Midfielder Sonny Carey will have caught the eye again this afternoon.
Midfielder Sonny Carey will have caught the eye again this afternoon.

After home keeper Sam Johnson turned a Simeon Jackson shot behind, the West Norfolk outfit took the lead on 13 minutes when Michael Gash volleyed home Tyler Denton's cross.

Cameron King, returning to the Shay for the first time after his summer return to Lynn, combined well with Carey in midfield to give Denton the crossing position from where Gash converted.

The big frontman had paid an emotional tribute to Linnets supporter Lee Calton on social media before the game and there could be little doubt who was in his mind as he celebrated in front of the television cameras.

Lynn were in dreamland 12 minutes later when Carey added to his growing reputation by tapping home from close range after an initial shot from Jackson was parried.

And, despite some last-ditch defending at times, Theo Richardson was not overly tested for most of the first period.

But the turning point came four minutes before half-time when Billy Chadwick converted a Neill Byrne cross from close range.

Within three minutes, the Shaymen were level, when Jake Hyde collected a Luke Summerfield free kick and took a touch before firing past Richardson.

The turnaround was complete five minutes after the restart when former Wrexham and Grimsby midfielder Summerfield found the bottom corner with a low shot from the edge of the box.

And the game was effectively over with 58 minutes gone when a poor pass by Ethan Coleman went straight to Jack Earing to tap in.

The hosts had two further goals disallowed as they put their playoff charge back on track.

But the Linnets nearly found a way back into the game late on when substitute Michael Gyasi played in Carey, whose shot somehow went wide.

Halifax: Johnson, King, Williams, Maher, Bradbury (Senior 75), Byrne, Woods (Allen 78), Summerfield, Earing (Green 68), Hyde, Chadwick. Scorers: Chadwick 42, Hyde 45, Summerfield 50, Earing 57. Booking: Woods

King's Lynn: Richardson, Callan-McFadden, Clunan, Gash, King (Kiwomya 63), Carey, Denton, Jackson (Gyasi 68), Coleman (Bebos 68), Baggott, Howard. Scorers: Gash 13, Carey 25. Booking: Clunan

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