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King’s Lynn Town Ladies FC come from a goal down to draw against Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers in friendly

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King’s Lynn Town Ladies came from a goal down to grind out a draw against a hard-working Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers in their pre-season friendly.

The match was Lynn’s first home fixture of their pre-season schedule and they faced a determined Dussindale side that play in the league below.

Dussindale had not played since the end of the last season and were ‘blooding’ some of their youngsters in preparation for their coming campaign.

Rachel Skinner looks to close the Dussindale attack. Photo: Richard S Brown
Rachel Skinner looks to close the Dussindale attack. Photo: Richard S Brown

The visitors started off the brighter of the two sides and punished Lynn early in the game with a long range free kick from way out on the left, which sailed over the defence and goalkeeper almost in slow motion and found the back of the net – much to the consternation of the Lynn bench.

Nobody will know whether the free kick was either intended or fortuitous, but Dussindale gained the upper hand for their spirited and hard-working efforts.

Lynn have played some good football in their pre-season, against higher league opposition but, as is so often the case, lower league sides provide the potential ‘banana skin’ performances which on paper look to have easier potential.

King's Lynn Ladies vs Dussindale. Photo: Richard S Brown
King's Lynn Ladies vs Dussindale. Photo: Richard S Brown

The Linnets have been working hard in their weekly training session but a lack of confidence and a failure to adhere to Alex Cook’s game plan caused some harsh words to be fired from the bench.

Cook has continually emphasised that pre-season is the time to take risks and have belief, building from the back and maintaining possession but inconsistencies were again evident in the home side’s game for the second week in a row.

It took until the 40th minute until Lynn finally began to gain some composure, playing some good football, moving the ball to feet and penetrating the visitors’ half.

Half-time saw a few personnel changes and again some harsh words in order to wake up the team which has shown some great potential in pre-season.

With Cook’s words of ‘move the ball quickly, play our game and back yourselves’ still ringing in their ears from half time, there was a noticeable improvement in Lynn’s game.

The Linnets shape improved and they maintained much more possession than had been achieved in the first half.

Dussindale, to give them their due, were a well organised side and worked hard in an effort to retain possession or win loose ball.

But the Linnets’ greater fitness began to tell and the high press contained them in their own half with only the occasional foray from long ball put forward to the lone centre forward.

With Lily Porter and Deva Rawlings beginning to dominate proceedings in the midfield and improved communication throughout the team, Lynn found better distribution through the thirds, maintaining possession.

Lynn began to probe the Dussindale penalty area more frequently and their persistence eventually paid off with an equaliser from Trialist A, who found the net from a well struck shot which beat the Dussindale keeper.

Dussindale’s keeper had been a stand-out player for the visitors with a fine display of shot stopping, making Lynn work for any reward they might hope to achieve.

In retrospect a draw was a fair result for this fixture, with Dussindale probably finding more to take away from the game after their more consistent performance across the 90 minutes.

Lynn will again need to take what positives came from the second half and develop on that for the rest of the pre-season.

Skipper Jodie Hopkins said: “We really did lack the belief in ourselves for the first 40 or so minutes.

“We continue to improve but do need to be more consistent across the 90 minutes.

“We have produced some good performances in recent weeks but we have also had some lapses into bad habits, which will need to be ironed out.”

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