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King's Lynn and Milton Keynes Dons play out draw in pre-season friendly



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King's Lynn Town came within a few minutes of claiming the prize scalp of League One MK Dons as they continued their pre-season preparations with another excellent workout in the searing heat at The Walks.

A towering first half header from Gold Omotayo was cancelled out by the visitors with a cruel own goal in the dying minutes as Tommy Widdrington's side delivered a professional display in the 1-1 draw.

The League One side dictated the opening few minutes and came close to breaking the deadlock after four minutes when Paul Jones was at full-stretch to his right to deny Matt Smith.

Michael Clunan congratulates Gold Omotayo after the frontman headed Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith (58022641)
Michael Clunan congratulates Gold Omotayo after the frontman headed Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith (58022641)

Midfielder Michael Clunan teed up Cameron Hargreaves for Lynn's first chance of the match after ten minutes, but Jamie Cumming was up to the task between the visiting posts.

Theo Widdrington tested the reflexes of Cumming from long range after the starting a move with a delightful pass from just outside the Lynn box.

A Lynn triallist who laid the ball on a plate for Lynn's opening goal. Picture: Tim Smith. (58022637)
A Lynn triallist who laid the ball on a plate for Lynn's opening goal. Picture: Tim Smith. (58022637)

Jones had to react late to keep out a scuffed effort from Northern Ireland international Will Grigg before Lynn took the lead with their next attack.

A pinpoint cross out on the right from a triallist was emphatically met by the head of Gold Omotayo to give the National League North side the lead.

Midfielder Theo Widdrington. Picture: Tim Smith (58022639)
Midfielder Theo Widdrington. Picture: Tim Smith (58022639)

Lynn should have doubled their advantage three minutes later when the same two players combined, but this time Omotayo tried to back-heel the ball into the net rather than put his foot through it.

An excellent Milton Keynes outfit enjoyed plenty of possession after the interval as they tried to find a way back into the game.

Grigg should have levelled matters three minutes into the second period after a smart turn but blazed his shot over the woodwork.

Striker Jordan Ponticelli. Picture: Tim Smith (58022633)
Striker Jordan Ponticelli. Picture: Tim Smith (58022633)

Louie Barry's header whistled narrowly wide of the post before Matt Dennis – so often the scourge of Lynn – was introduced and was immediately denied by the fingertips of Jones.

Former Norwich City favourite Bradley Johnson, who signed from Blackburn Rovers yesterday, came on for the final 15 minutes while Lynn made a further four changes late on.

Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington with Hugo Langton. Picture: Tim Smith. (58022635)
Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington with Hugo Langton. Picture: Tim Smith. (58022635)

Milton Keynes' equaliser came late on when Dan Bowry’s clearance hit Fleming full in the face and rolled into the back of the net.

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.

Att: 371.



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