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King's Lynn Town relegated from the National League after Eastleigh draw at Walks.



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King's Lynn Town's improvement in the second half of the season came too little, too late as their two-year stay in the National League was ended at The Walks.

The Linnets needed to win and hope that Aldershot failed to pick up a point at home to play-off chasing Notts County.

Striker Gold Omotayo's eighth goal of the campaign gave them the ideal start in their final home outing of the campaign before the Spitfires hit back with goals from Tyrone Barnett and Vincent Harper.

Tyler Denton surges forward. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384260)
Tyler Denton surges forward. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384260)

Ross Barrows headed home a late equaliser and Omotayo's second put Lynn in front, only for Eastleigh to level matters Michael Kelly's penalty.

And there was also no favour from the Magpies, whose game against Aldershot ended 3-1 to the Hampshire outfit who moved 11 points clear of Lynn as a result of their victory.

By the time the whistle had blown at Aldershot, Widdrington and his players already knew their fate and were heading for the National League North.

Relegated Lynn - who only managed eight wins all season - join both Weymouth and Dover Athletic at Step 2 next season.

Striker Gold Omotayo scores his eighth goal of the season. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384262)
Striker Gold Omotayo scores his eighth goal of the season. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384262)

The Linnets made two changes to the side that were cruelly denied all three points by a stoppage time equaliser at Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend.

Cameron Hargreaves and Brett McGavin both returned to the line-up at the expense of Munashe Sundire and Jak Hickman.

Lynn were excellent in the opening 25 minutes but the only thing their early enterprise lacked was a goal.

A dangerous Cameron Hargreaves cross scrambled behind for corner with Aaron Jones running in.

Omotayo headed a Jones centre wide wide and then somehow missed the target from six yards out after a fine ball across from Olly Scott after 20 minutes.

Eastleigh offered very little in the first half, but they did almost get their noses in front after 25 minutes after Tom Broadbent fired a corner wide from a few yards out.

There was a presentation to Linnets skipper Michael Clunan who made his 300th appearance for the club at Notts County on Good Friday. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384256)
There was a presentation to Linnets skipper Michael Clunan who made his 300th appearance for the club at Notts County on Good Friday. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384256)

Five minutes before the break Michael Clunan switched the ball out to Jones and his first time cross was emphatically finished by Omotayo.

Ross Barrows was inches away from doubling Lynn's lead two minutes later as the defender powerfully headed Theo Widdrington's corner just wide of the target.

Linnets goalkeeper Paul Jones was at his very best to keep out a Brett Pitman overhead kick as the visitors threatened early in second half.

Lynn's marking left a lot to be desired as Barnett levelled matters from a Harry Pritchard corner after 65 minutes.

The home side immediately threw on Josh Barrett knowing that their stay in the top flight was slowly slipping away, but it was Eastleigh who went in front through Vincent Harper.

A Barrows header and slick Omotayo finish put Lynn 3-2 up in the dying minutes before Kelly equalised from the penalty spot with the last kick of a topsy-turvy encounter.

There was a presentation to defender Ross Barrows after making his 100th appearance for the club recently. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384258)
There was a presentation to defender Ross Barrows after making his 100th appearance for the club recently. Picture: Tim Smith. (56384258)

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, Coulson, Barrows, Denton, A. Jones (Barrett 67), Scott, McGavin, Hargreaves (Walker 87), Clunan, Widdrington (Sundire 57), Omotayo. Subs: Bowry, Hickman.

Scorers: Omotayo 40 and 90+4, Barrows 88.

Eastleigh: McDonnell, Camp, Bragg, Broadbent, Harper, Smart, Hollands, Silva, Pritchard (Kelly 72), Pitman (Simpson 85), Barnett. Subs: Boyce, Hesketh, Yang, Simpson

Goal: Barnett 65, Harper , Kelly 90+7.

Attendance: 968.



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