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King's Lynn Town 1 Peterborough United 0

Substitute Zain Walker was the late hero as King's Lynn Town claimed the prize scalp of League One Peterborough United at The Walks.

Walker scored the only goal of an entertaining friendly affair 10 minutes from time after Linnets goalkeeper Paul Jones had kept his former club at bay with a string of fine saves in the first half.

Lynn, who included five trialists on the bench, made three changes to their line-up with Aaron Jones, Dan Bowry and Jordan Ponticelli all coming into the team while Tyler Denton started against his former club.

Although they had another engagement against Luton Town, Posh brought fielded a squad with plenty of recognisable names in it.

King's Lynn Town friendly action against Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (58128315)
King's Lynn Town friendly action against Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (58128315)

Defender Josh Knight, who featured 24 times in the Championship last season, lined up in the heart of the Peterborough defence, while the likes of midfielder Jack Taylor and striker Jack Marriott were also among a star-studded cast for the visitors.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks and Paul Jones saved well to deny Marriott inside two minutes after a rare error by Adam Crowther.

Jones was at full-stretch to keep out a razor-sharp Marriott again ten minutes later and the Posh frontman would have been sick of the sight of the home goalkeeper as he thwarted him for a third time before the 20-minute mark.

King's Lynn Town friendly action against Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (58128313)
King's Lynn Town friendly action against Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (58128313)

Lynn's Gold Omotayo came within a whisker of repeating his goal from the weekend after 25 minutes when Aaron Jones, who was magnificent for the hosts, whipped the ball in for the striker whose header whistled wide of the target.

The home side began to grow into the game at the start after the early Peterborough onslaught.

After spotting Posh goalkeeper Lucas Bergström off his line some quick-thinking from skipper Michael Clunan almost put Lynn ahead close to half-time as the midfielder tried his luck from 40 yards out, but his effort bounced the wrong side of the post.

King's Lynn Town friendly action against Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (58128317)
King's Lynn Town friendly action against Peterborough United at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (58128317)

On the stroke of the interval, Marriott teed up Ricky-Jade Jones with a delightful ball through, but his goalkeeping namesake was up to the task with another fantastic stop.

The Linnets continue to hold their own against higher-league opposition in the second half as Ben Stephens and the club's Australian trialist were introduced into the action at the start of the half.

Chances were at a premium in the second period but Lynn found a winner with ten minutes left on the clock as Walker wriggled his way into the box before finding the back of the net with a powerful shot.

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones (Trialist 60), A. Jones (Hudson 85), Denton (Trialist 82), Crowther (Knowles 78), Coulson (Fleming 78), Bowry, Widdrington (Trialist 60), Hargreaves (Trialist 46), Clunan (Stephens 46), Omotayo (Trialist 78), Ponticelli (Walker 60).

Peterborough United (starting XI): Bergstrom, Knight, Fuchs, Taylor, Marriott, Jones, Aliboye, Tomlinson, Broom, O'Connell, Tonge.



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