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King's Lynn Town suffer Guiseley defeat on opening day of new National League North season




Guiseley 3 King's Lynn Town 0

The Linnets opened their Vanarama National League North campaign with defeat in Leeds on Saturday.

A first-half header from Aaron Martin and a second-half brace from Jamie Spencer secured the points for the home team in a match where Town enjoyed good periods of play, but were unable to breakdown a stubborn home defence.

It could have been different had Chris Henderson’s lobbed effort not been cleared by a backtracking home defender early in the game as both teams enjoyed an equal share of possession.

The players from Guiseley and King's Lynn Town before kick-off. (14748538)
The players from Guiseley and King's Lynn Town before kick-off. (14748538)

Spencer forced Alex Street into a palmed save resulting in a corner which came to nothing.

Lynn's Chris Henderson is denied a goal. (14748483)
Lynn's Chris Henderson is denied a goal. (14748483)

However from another corner on 19 minutes Guiseley took the lead as Martin dispatched a powerful header past a rooted Street.

Aaron Jones keeps a Guiseley player at bay. (14748468)
Aaron Jones keeps a Guiseley player at bay. (14748468)

Lynn responded well and found Henderson in space who again lobbed keeper George Sykes-Kenworthy with the ball this time falling inches wide of the left hand post.

Chris Smith in possession. (14748470)
Chris Smith in possession. (14748470)

Street foiled Gabriel Johnson’s header and Sykes-Kenworthy denied Henderson yet again, this time with a fantastic one-on-one blocking stop.

Lynn defender Nathan Fox is fouled. (14748476)
Lynn defender Nathan Fox is fouled. (14748476)

The visitors were forced into a change at the break as Jordan Richards replaced Rory McAuley who was suffering the effects of a sickness bug, but this didn’t seem to effect the Linnets.

Adam Marriott was denied an equaliser from two yards by the left boot of Sykes-Kenworthy.

Michael Clunan tries to carve open an opportunity. (14748491)
Michael Clunan tries to carve open an opportunity. (14748491)

The match ebbed-and-flowed but it was the hosts who took full control with the second goal on 58 minutes.

Full-back Reiss McNally intercepted a Lynn pass and ran almost half the length of the pitch before picking out Spencer whose precise shot left Street helpless.

Rory McAuley, who was suffering with illness, wins a header. (14748498)
Rory McAuley, who was suffering with illness, wins a header. (14748498)

Ten minutes later, any hopes of a Lynn comeback were extinguished as Spencer quickly closed down Chris Smith and drilled the ball into the net to seal the home victory.

Guiseley: Sykes-Kenworthy, McNally, Nicholson, Cantrill, Bencherif, Garner, Felix (Shaw 75), Spencer (Barkers 82), Martin, Soleman, Johnson. Subs not used: Allinson, Digie, Clayton.

Ryan Hawkins battles for the ball. (14748506)
Ryan Hawkins battles for the ball. (14748506)

Goals: Martin 18, Spencer 58, 68.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Smith, Fryatt, McAuley (Richards 46), Clunan, Jarvis (Kelly 65), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Hawkins 76). Unused subs: Payne and Carey.

Ryan Jarvis pulls the strings in midfield. (14748513)
Ryan Jarvis pulls the strings in midfield. (14748513)

Booking: Nathan Fox.

Referee: Mr Paul Brown.

Attendance: 671.

Sam Kelly tries his best to make an impact after coming on. (14748522)
Sam Kelly tries his best to make an impact after coming on. (14748522)
Second-half substitute Jordan Richards. (14748531)
Second-half substitute Jordan Richards. (14748531)


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