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King's Lynn still left without a home win as ten-man Wealdstone triumph at The Walks




King's Lynn Town 0 Wealdstone 1

Goal-shy King's Lynn slipped to their fourth successive home defeat as ten-man Wealdstone collected a smash-and-grab victory at The Walks.

The Linnets – who slip into the bottom three of the National League standings as a result – dominated the first half but went down to a Charlie Cooper goal 13 minutes before the end of the first half.

Lynn were given a huge boost when Ira Jackson saw red soon after the restart but they were unable to break down a packed visiting defence in front of another disappointing crowd.

First half action between King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51593395)
First half action between King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51593395)

Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse made two changes to the starting XI that went down 2-1 to Dagenham and Redbridge in front of the BT Sport cameras a fortnight ago.

Kyle Callan-McFadden was brought back into the side for the injured Pierce Bird while Michael Clunan took his place in the team at the expense of Luis Fernandez who found himself on the bench.

Lynn started on the front foot, but an early yellow card for Ethan Coleman after a shirt pull on Medy Elito left the midfielder heading for a one-game suspension for accumulating five bookings.

A low, long-range strike from Brett McGavin fizzed just wide of George Wickens' post after nine minutes as the hosts continued to dictate the early stages.

Lynn wasted a great chance to get their noses in front after Clunan found himself through one-on-one against Wickens, but the visiting goalkeeper was up to the task with a smart save to deny the captain.

The fingertips of Wickens came to the rescue of the visitors again as he kept out a deflected effort from Junior Morias.

Not converting one of their early chances looked as though it would cost Lynn dearly.

And that proved to be the case as Wealdstone took the lead with their first real chance in the 33rd minute.

First half action between King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51593397)
First half action between King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51593397)

Midfielder Joe Rowley was guilty of being picked off in the middle of the park by Charlie Cooper who rifled home from the edge of the box.

Lynn replaced Coleman with Malachi Linton for the start of the second half and the game took a twist three minutes after the restart when Ira Jackson was shown a straight red card for a high boot on the chest of Zain Walker.

Morias curled an effort the wrong side of the post and Tyler Denton hit a stinging free-kick straight into the arms of Wickens as the Linnets looked to respond.

Despite their one-man disadvantage, the visitors should have added to their tally after Cooper won the ball and fed substitute Stephan Browne whose powerful effort whistled past the near post.

The fit-again Aaron Jones got more than a quarter of a game on his return from injury and flashed an effort wide but in truth Lynn were toothless again in the final third.

First half action between King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51593399)
First half action between King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51593399)

King's Lynn Town (4-1-2-3): P. Jones, Denton, McFadden, Bowry, Clunan, Coleman (Linton 46), Morias, McGavin, Barrows (Jones 62), Walker (Sundire 71), Rowley. Subs not used: Fernadez, Gyasi.

Booked: Coleman.

Wealdstone (3-5-2): Wickens, Cook, Wishart, Charles, Umerah (Browne 62), Eleftheriou, Jackson, Tavares, Elito (Lewis 62), Barker, Cooper Subs not used: Fasanmade, Buse and Marigliani.

Scorer: Cooper 32.



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