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King's Lynn denied victory by late equaliser against MK Dons

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Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington feels Saturday’s 1-1draw with MK Dons will go down as a valuable learning experience for his young side.

Gold Omotayo gave Lynn the lead 10 minutes before half-time with a towering header, but late substitute Tai Fleming earned a draw for the visitors when a clearance struck him before going over the line.

It was a lack of understanding at the back after the home side had made a late raft of substitutions which ultimately cost Lynn a prize scalp in the searing heat at The Walks.

Gold Omotayo. (58047100)
Gold Omotayo. (58047100)

Widdrington said: "I'm not disappointed at all, as I think it was a great test for us.

"We knew that they were going to come and dominate the ball as they are very much a possession-based side and a good side with great movement.

"I was particularly pleased with the first 70 minutes. It's a learning curve for the younger lads who were on the pitch when we conceded a calamitous goal near the end.

"It's a shame because if they want to progress with us and into the starting XI then they need to see that game out.

Lynn's Adam Crowther heads clear. (58047098)
Lynn's Adam Crowther heads clear. (58047098)

"It's about mentality as we've worked so hard for 85 minutes and because of the goal the game hasn't ended on such a positive note

"But what we can't lose sight of is that we've gone toe-to-toe with a very good League One side for 85 minutes."

Lynn's boss once again took the opportunity to take a look at a handful of trialists, while handing debuts to new signings Jordan Ponticelli and Ben Stephens.

Ten minutes before the interval Lynn's trialist right back delivered a delightful cross which was met with an equally good header from Omotayo.

New signing Jordan Ponticelli. (58047108)
New signing Jordan Ponticelli. (58047108)

Lynn had chances to increase their advantage, but after the break MK Dons enjoyed much ball of the ball.

Northern Ireland international Will Grigg fired an effort over the woodwork while late change Matt Dennis brought the best out of Jones who saved brilliantly low to his left from close range.

There was no doubting that Widdrington's troops deserved a win against their illustrious visitors.

But they were denied that when some poor defending Dan Bowry's clearance smash Fleming in the face and go past Jones, who'd enjoyed a great game between the posts.

Josh Coulson holds off MK Dons striker Will Grigg, above left, with new Linnets signing Jordan Ponticelli, above right. Pictures: Tim Smith. (58047110)
Josh Coulson holds off MK Dons striker Will Grigg, above left, with new Linnets signing Jordan Ponticelli, above right. Pictures: Tim Smith. (58047110)

Lynn: P. Jones (Trialist 70), Trialist (A. Jones 57), Crowther (Knowles 77), Coulson (Fleming 77), Denton (Trialist 73), Scott (Bowry 46), Widdrington (Stephens 57), Clunan (Trialist 77), Hargreaves (Triallist), Walker (Ponticelli 46), Omotayo (Triallist 65).

Goal: Omotayo 35.

MK Dons: Cumming, Watson (Anker 73), Lewington, Jules (Ilunga 46), O’Hora (Tucker 63), McEachran (Tripp 20), Smith (Grant 46, Johnson 73), Grigg (Dennis 63), L Johnson, Barry (Waller 63), Kemp. Subs: Sandford, Julies, Davies, B Johnson, Holland, Burns

Goal: Fleming 88 own goal.

Attendance: 371.

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