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Chester end King's Lynn's unbeaten home record in the National League North





King's Lynn Town 0 Chester 1

King's Lynn Town's 12-game unbeaten home run in the National League North came to an end this afternoon.

Tommy Widdrington's side dominated the second half at The Walks but were caught by a sucker-punch from Chester 12 minutes from time.

It was harsh on the hosts who did everything but score after a goalless first half.

Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383939)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383939)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383929)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383929)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383931)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383931)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383933)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383933)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383935)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383935)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383937)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383937)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383941)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383941)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383943)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383943)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383945)
Action between King's Lynn Town and Chester at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (62383945)

The Linnets were forced into two changes with both Josh Barrett and Michael Clunan serving one-games suspensions for their dismissals at Buxton last weekend.

Their places in the team were filled by Thomas Hughes and Aaron Cosgrave while there was a welcome return on the bench for Gold Omotayo.

The trio of Olly Scott, Cameron Hargreaves and Ben Stephens all remained on the treatment table.

Lynn almost made the perfect start in the second minute after Theo Widdrington's long ball over the top found Jordan Ponticelli who was denied by the legs of visiting goalkeeper Harry Tyrer.

From the resulting Widdrington corner, Josh Coulson climbed highest to head the delivery wide.

Chester showed just why they have been such a force on their travels this season with some excellent football and Lynn were relieved to see an excellent Rhys Hughes effort fizz wide of the target.

Five minutes later Hughes saw his long-range effort superbly tipped over the woodwork by Paul Jones who was called into action again soon after to keep out a Kurt Willoughby shot from the corner.

It was then the turn of Tyrer to thwart Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain as the game flowed from end-to-end in the opening 30 minutes.

Lynn should have taken the lead ten minutes before the break as Widdrington whipped in a free-kick which the unmarked Adam Crowther met and headed wide.

Tryer was a busy man between the visiting posts as he saved firstly from Jones and then Oxlade-Chamberlain in quick succession as Lynn ended the half on top.

Lynn replaced Jacob Jones with Omotayo for the start of the second half.

Some great vision from Jordan Ponticelli, who spotted Tyrer off his line, almost broke the deadlock but his bending 30-yard effort dropped the wrong side of the post.

The overworked Chester goalkeeper then got a hand to Ponticelli's low delivery before Kieran Coates cleared the danger.

Lynn continued to up the ante and Aaron Cosgrave felt he should have been awarded a penalty after being man-handled by the visiting goalkeeper but referee Stephen Parkinson thought otherwise.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's centre then hit Omotayo in the face as Lynn continued to drive forward at every opportunity.

But the hosts were caught out with 12 minutes left on the clock when Crowther left the ball for goalkeeper Paul Jones and Rhys Hughes nipped in to score the only goal of the game.

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, A. Jones, Crowther, Coulson, Denton, J. Jones (Omotayo 46), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hughes, Widdrington, Cosgrave, Ponticelli (Walker 87). Subs not used: Fleming, Callan-McFadden, Walker, Blair

Chester: Tyrer, Weeks, Willoughby, Roberts, Williams, Coates (Morgan 66), Murray (Stephenson 53), Heywood, Caton, Hughes, Edwards. Subs not used: Brown, Thomas, Lynch.

Booked: Tyrer, Roberts.

Scorer: Hughes 78.

Attendance: 1389.



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