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King's Lynn pick up first home point in the National League as they share the spoils with Barnet




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King's Lynn Town picked up their first home point of the National League campaign against Barnet – but the final outcome could have been so much better after a second half penalty miss by Gold Omotayo.

The Swiss frontman saw his spot-kick saved after Michael Clunan had cancelled out Joe Widdowson's early goal for the Bees.

It was tough on Ian Culverhouse's side who dominated long periods of the 90 minutes at The Walks.

Striker Malachi Linton chases goalscorer Michael Clunan following his equaliser against Barnet at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51961711)
Striker Malachi Linton chases goalscorer Michael Clunan following his equaliser against Barnet at The Walks. Picture: Tim Smith (51961711)

With striker Junior Morias nursing a hamstring injury, Lynn were forced into one change from their starting line-up on Saturday with Malachi Linton starting up front alongside Omotayo.

Former Lynn hot shot Adam Marriott started the game on the bench for the visitors as the Bees made two changes to the team that held FC Halifax to a goalless draw at the weekend.

Looking to build on their fantastic victory at Maidenhead at the weekend, the Linnets got off to the worst possible start as Barnet opened the scoring in the third minute.

Rob Hall whipped the ball into the centre of the box from the right and Joe Widdowson brilliantly rifled it into the top left corner on the turn.

There was more danger for Lynn less than three minutes later, but this time it came from the opposite flank.

Joe Rowley had an instrumental game in Lynn's midfield. Picture: Tim Smith (51961713)
Joe Rowley had an instrumental game in Lynn's midfield. Picture: Tim Smith (51961713)

Ephron Mason-Clark fizzed a ball across the face of goal but Mason Bloomfield couldn't quite get a toe on it to turn the ball home with home goalkeeper Paul Jones at full-stretch.

Lynn's first chance saw Joe Rowley collect the ball in the centre of the park and drive towards the Bees' goal before lashing his powerful shot just wide of the post.

Having shrugged off the disappointment of conceding early, the hosts began to grow into the game.

Only a great save from Sam Sargeant kept Barnet's early lead intact as the goalkeeper flung himself to his right to keep out Linton's strike from close-range following excellent work in the box from Omotayo.

It was only a matter of time before Lynn opened their account and the equaliser arrived midway through the half when the industrial Rowley teed up Michael Clunan to find bottom left corner from the edge of the box.

Sargeant saved well to his right to keep out Ethan Coleman's free-kick as the Linnets went in search of a second goal.

And they should have been in front going into the interval with Ross Barrows wasting a golden opportunity to give his side the lead.

Rowley delivered a cross into the path of Omotayo, whose header fell to the feet of Barrows but the full-back could only scoop his effort over the woodwork some eight yards out.

Malachi Linton and Michael Clunan after Lynn's equaliser. Picture: Tim Smith (51961717)
Malachi Linton and Michael Clunan after Lynn's equaliser. Picture: Tim Smith (51961717)

A minute before the break Barnet's Hall saw his initial shot saved by Paul Jones, before sending a second opportunity over the crossbar.

The start of the second half lacked the same intensity of the first with a shanked shot from Lynn's Aaron Jones the only effort from either side in the opening 15 minutes.

The Linnets began to work up a head of steam in the swirling wind as Omotayo turned an in-swinging Rowley corner wide of the target.

Marriott was introduced at the midway point of the second half but it was Lynn who were handed the initiative after Widdowson handled Aaron Jones' cross in the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

But Sargeant saved Omotayo's spot-kick and Barrows lashed the rebound wide of the mark as Lynn wasted the chance to take the lead.

Mitch Brundle's snapshot from distance was saved comfortably by Paul Jones late on but the visitors created very little after the break.

Lynn defender Kyle Callan-McFadden saw his bullet header cleared off the line deep into injury time and there was still time for Daniel Powell to fire a shot against the woodwork at the other end.

Former Linnets striker Adam Marriott back at The Walks in the warm up. Picture: Tim Smith. (51961715)
Former Linnets striker Adam Marriott back at The Walks in the warm up. Picture: Tim Smith. (51961715)

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, Fernandez, McFadden, Bowry, Clunan (McGavin 72), Coleman, Omotayo, Linton (Gyasi 82), A. Jones, Barrows, Rowley (Walker 82). Sub not used: Sundire.

Booked: Rowley.

Scorer: Clunan 22.

Barnet: Sargeant, Thomas, Richards-Everton, Hall (Payne 59), Brundle, Bloomfield (Marriott 66), Mason-Clark, Flanagan, Fonguck (Powell 59), Taylor, Widdowson. Subs not used: Oxborough and Greenidge.

Booked: Brundle.

Scorer: Widdowson 3.

Attendance: 1,007.



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