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Linnets see four-game winning streak come to an end after an inspired display from Puritans shotstopper Jack Harding




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King's Lynn Town were thwarted by a goalkeeping masterclass from Jack Harding as their four-game winning streak was ended by Banbury United.

For once, Alex Street - so often the hero between the posts for the Linnets - could only watch as his opposite number pulled off a string of phenomenal saves at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

The young shotstopper was the difference between Lynn and an avalanche of goals on an afternoon where the visitors were undone by a late strike in either half.

Banbury United's Charlie Hawtin and Lynn's Ryan Jarvis. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315772)
Banbury United's Charlie Hawtin and Lynn's Ryan Jarvis. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315772)

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said: "I think we've just come across a goalkeeper who was really in inspired form. Everything we struck he seemed to save.

"Our quality from wide areas wasn't the best, but I thought we were in control for long periods of the game. The way we played in the first half, you just thought it was a matter of time before we scored.

"Low or high, their goalkeeper hos got down to everything. I thought he was outstanding and very agile.

"The save from Gashy (Michael Gash) he's got down really low at his near post. I thought it was a really good one as it had some power in it.

Banbury United's Giorgio Rasulo and Lynn's Jordan Richards. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315770)
Banbury United's Giorgio Rasulo and Lynn's Jordan Richards. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315770)

"It was just one of those days. The only disappointment for me is the two goals we gave away because we were in control of the ball.

"If we don't score then the other side shouldn't score. We have gifted them two goals where we have given it away too cheaply when we were too spread."

Harding pulled off a fine stop to keep out Adam Marriott’s volley from Gash’s low centre before keeping out a fierce drive from the same player and somehow turning a powerful effort from Gash around his near post.

Two minutes before the interval, Lynn were punished for their only blemish of the first half after conceding possession to Greg Kaziboni when on the attack.

Banbury United's second goalscorer Amer Awadh and King's Lynn Town defender Rory McAuley. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315768)
Banbury United's second goalscorer Amer Awadh and King's Lynn Town defender Rory McAuley. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315768)

Kaziboni sprinted clear and cut inside before spotting Street off his line and firing into the top corner of the net.

Harding produced yet another stunning save to keep out Ross Barrows at the start of the second period and was equal to the task as he foiled substitute Michael Clunan and Aaron Jones with excellent stops.

As Lynn pushed forward in numbers, a quick counter-attack by the hosts saw Kaziboni and Giorgio Rasulo set up impressive substitute Amer Awadh who saw his effort brilliantly turned away by Street to his right.

When Banbury's young shotstopper produced perhaps his best save of the afternoon to thwart Craig Parker from point-blank range late on, Lynn knew it wasn't going to be their day.

King's Lynn Town defender Ross Barrows is put under pressure by Joe Iaciofano. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315742)
King's Lynn Town defender Ross Barrows is put under pressure by Joe Iaciofano. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315742)

The hosts wrapped up the points two minutes from time. Lynn lost the ball in their own half and Awadh was sent clear by George Nash.

There seemed little danger as he raced away from the halfway line, but the pacey striker shrugged off the attentions of both Ryan Fryatt and Barrows before lobbing Street for a finish of the highest quality.

Lynn continued to search for an opening in time added on but were unable to find a way past Harding and a well-marshalled Banbury defence as they failed to score for the first time in nine games.

Banbury: Harding, Hawtin, Taylor, Richards, Wise, Whitehead, Kaziboni, Rasulo (Henderson 84), Johnson, Iaciofano (Awadh 60), Nash. Unused subs: Shamsi, Berry-Hargreaves, Odhiambo.

Booked: Nash.

Scorers: Kaziboni 43, Awadh 87.

Lynn: Street, Barrows, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis (Clunan 60), Fryatt, McAuley, Jones, Richards (Limb 80), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Parker 64). Unused subs: Mellors-Blair, Bastock.

Attendance: 426.

King's Lynn Town's Jordan Richards chases down Banbury United's Greg Kaziboni. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315740)
King's Lynn Town's Jordan Richards chases down Banbury United's Greg Kaziboni. Picture: Banbury Guardian. (8315740)


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