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King's Lynn Town exposed at dead-ball situations during Chesterfield defeat

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King's Lynn Town's long-standing inability to defend set pieces reared its head again as Chesterfield moved back into the National League play-off places.

The Linnets conceded four times from dead-ball situations at the Technique Stadium and their hopes of finishing outside the bottom three are starting to look remote.

Midfielder Sonny Carey cancelled out Adi Yussuf's opener for the Spireites, but it was one-way traffic following Lynn's equaliser.

Midfielder Sonny Carey. (46783586)
Midfielder Sonny Carey. (46783586)

George Carline fired the Derbyshire side back in front going into the interval before two goals in the opening six minutes of the second half from Danny Rowe and Josef Yarney put the game well beyond Lynn's reach.

The game saw both Tyler Denton and Alex Kiwomya handed starts against their former club while Ryan Jarvis returned to the Lynn starting line-up for the first time in more than two months.

Youngster Tai Fleming was also handed a place in the starting line-up as Lynn looked to dent the play-off ambitions of their hosts.

Chesterfield boss James Rowe made five changes for the second successive game for the hosts but ex-Linnets striker Kairo Mitchell had to be content with a place on the bench.

The Spireites made a bright start and Jack Clarke forced Theo Richardson into a comfortable save in the third minute.

Jak McCourt saw a curling effort come back off the post eight minutes later after a neat lay-off by Yussuf.

A looping header from Kyle Callan-McFadden landed on the roof of the net as the Linnets briefly threatened from a corner.

Laurence Maguire – brother of Manchester United's Harry – tried his luck from 25 yards out but Lynn were unduly troubled in the opening 25 minutes.

That all changed in the 28th minute as Clarke and Manny Oyeleke played a short corner and and Yussuf sneaked in at the back post to open the scoring.

Chesterfield's lead last all of two minutes as Carey punished some sloppy defending by the hosts to draw Lynn level.

But no sooner had Lynn hauled themselves back into the match they were behind again when George Carline's first-time effort took a deflection past Richardson.

Two minutes before the interval Rory McAuley was bundled over on the edge of the box and Carey’s free-kick was brilliantly tipped over the woodwork by James Montgomery.

Lynn, who were the better side in the opening 45 minutes, needed to keep it tight at the start of the second half.

But they fell further behind in the 47th minute after Yussuf was denied from close-range and Yarney smashed home the loose ball.

Six minutes later Rowe blasted homehis first goal in Chesterfield colours with a low free-kick from 30 yards.

Lynn have now conceded 85 goals this term and strengthening the backline will be a priority for manager Ian Culverhouse over the summer.

Chesterfield: Montgomery, Carline, Yarney, Gunning, Macguire, Whittle (Evans 75), McCourt (Whelan 70), Oyeleke, Clarke, Yussuf (Dinanga 66), Rowe. Subs not used: Mandeville and Mitchell.

Scorers: Yussuf 28, Carline 33, Yarney 47, Rowe 54.

King's Lynn Town: Richardson, Howard, Fleming, Callan-McFadden, McAuley, Denton, Jarvis (Payne 46), Clunan, Carey, Kiwomya (Jackson 62), Gash. Subs not used: Gyasi, Babos and Bastock.

Booked: Denton.

Scorer: Carey 31.

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