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King's Lynn Town bit farewell to legends following eight-goal thriller at The Walks




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King's Lynn Town 4 Aldershot Town 4

Michael Gash and Ryan Jarvis said their final farewells to Linnets fans on an afternoon where the football played second fiddle at The Walks.

After four seasons with the club, the 34-year-old's, who have clocked up more than 300 appearances between them, bowed out as Lynn ended their National League campaign with a scintillating eight-goal thriller.

Both sides formed a guard of honour for the departing duo before the game as a crowd of 881 showed their appreciation for the men who helped the club achieve back-to-back promotions into the top flight.

Scorer Michael Gash soaks up the applause after his goal. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688411)
Scorer Michael Gash soaks up the applause after his goal. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688411)

The script was written for Gash to go out in a blaze of glory and he didn't disappoint as he registered on his last-ever appearance in Lynn colours.

It could have been even more memorable had the usually-reliable frontman not missed an absolute sitter early on.

Six minutes had passed when Babos put a delicious cross into the box and Gash – given the captain's armband for the afternoon – somehow screwed the ball wide from three yards out.

Michael Gash flicks home Lynn's first goal. Picture: Tim Smith (47688386)
Michael Gash flicks home Lynn's first goal. Picture: Tim Smith (47688386)

Three minutes later, the visitors missed a golden chance to get their noses in front through Bettamer and Tanner, but a superb block from Ross Barrows and a follow-up save from Theo Richardson saw the score remain goalless.

Visiting goalkeeper Mitch Walker was at full-stretch to keep out a Sonny Carey effort to his left in the 13th minute after the young midfielder ghosted past a number of players into the penalty area.

Aldershot did take the lead shortly after following some delightful skill on the left from Lewis Kinsella who bent the ball across the area for Toby Edser to stab home.

Eight minutes before the interval Aldershot capitalised on a lazy pass from Michael Clunan and Chike Kandi took full advantage with the home defence all at sea.

Michael Gash celebrates on his final appearance in a Lynn shirt. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688397)
Michael Gash celebrates on his final appearance in a Lynn shirt. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688397)

Lynn hauled themselves back in the picture as half-time approached after a pass through the middle found Gash to flick the ball past Walker and into an empty net.

It took the hosts 12 minutes to level matters after the restart after the lively Michael Gyasi had his heels clipped in the penalty box and Simeon Jackson stepped up to tuck away the resulting penalty.

Aldershot regained the lead through Kodi Lyons-Foster but Lynn refused to lie down and equalised three minutes later.

In the dressing room before the game. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688413)
In the dressing room before the game. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688413)

Jackson saw his initial shot blocked by Lyons-Foster before the ball came back to him and the former Norwich City star rifled home a delightful effort on his left foot.

The goal scoring wasn't finished yet and Lyons-Foster climbed highest to head home a Kinsella free-kick from the left with 18 minutes left on the clock.

Shots substitute Reece Miller missed two late opportunities for the visitors in between Gash leaving the field to a standing ovation for the hosts.

A guard of honour for Michael Gash. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688417)
A guard of honour for Michael Gash. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688417)

There was still time for one more twists in an incredible afternoon as Tai Fleming headed home an injury-time corner to draw Lynn level for a third time.

King's Lynn Town: Richardson, Howard, Fleming, Barrows, Denton, Clunan, Carey, Jackson (Gascoigne 75), Babos (Kiwomya 46), Gash (Tasguim 82), Gyasi. Subs not used: Payne.

Booked: Gyasi.

Scorers: Gash 43. Jackson 55, 66.

A guard of honour for Ryan Jarvis. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688415)
A guard of honour for Ryan Jarvis. Picture: Tim Smith. (47688415)

Aldershot: Walker, Fowler, Lyons-Foster, Bettamer, Kandi, Panayiotou (Miller 79), Whittingham, Edser (Wylie 74), Ogie, Kinsella, Tanner. Subs not used: Hall, Hinds, Rabbetts.

Scorers: Edser 19, Kandi 36, Lyons-Foster 63, 72.

Attendance: 881.



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