Sutton United remain top of the National League after slender win at King's Lynn Town
King's Lynn Town 0 Sutton United 1
King's Lynn Town suffered their third successive National League defeat as league leaders Sutton United claimed a hard-fought victory at The Walks.
Ian Culverhouse's side, again ravaged by injury and furloughed players, put up a brave fight against the high-flying U's before falling to a Donovan Wilson effort 14 minutes into the second period.
Lynn made two changes from the side beaten 3-1 at Wealdstone in midweek with Alfie Payne replacing the injured Jak Hickman and Simeon Jackson coming in for Kairo Mitchell who began the game on the bench.
Only three players who started the 5-1 drubbing in the reverse fixture in South London featured this afternoon – again a measure of Lynn's current issues.
Both teams played the ball around well in the opening exchanges and in the 11th minute a clever ball from Lynn's Sonny Carey picked out Simeon Jackson, but the frontman's attempts to get on the end of it resulted in him conceding a free-kick.
A minute later, the energetic Carey powered into the box and went down under the attention of three players, but the referee saw nothing wrong and waved play on.
Despite some enterprising football at both ends of the pitch, clear cut chances were few and far between in the first half.
Sutton United's best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes came when an instinctive shot from joint leading scorer Harry Beautyman sailed over the woodwork.
Nine minutes before the break, Carey created a yard of space just outside the visiting penalty area before dragging his effort wide.
The league leaders saw a good opportunity go begging close to the interval after the ball found it's way through to Wilson whose shot was deflected wide on the turn.
Lynn, who also gave previous league leaders Torquay United and promotion-chasing Notts County a run for the money at home, defied their current plight for long periods of the game.
Their resistance was finally broken 11 minutes into the second period after Omar Bugiel's pass caught out Lynn defender Chris Smith and Wilson slotted home his first Sutton goal.
Will Randall forced Archie Mair into another stop as the visitors threatened to extend their advantage but Lynn refused to cave in.
Visiting goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis was at full-stretch to keep out an effort from Linnets substitute Michael Gyasi who made a lively impact after replacing Linnets skipper Michael Clunan.
King's Lynn Town: Mair, Callam-McFadden, Smith, Clunan (Gyasi 73), Richards, Fleming, Kiwomya, Carey, Denton, Payne (Mitchell 59), Jackson. Sub not used: Bastock.
Booked: McFadden, Smith.
Sutton United: Bouzanis, Barden, John, Goodliffe, Milsom. Beautyman (Simpson 83), Eastmond, Davis, Randall, Bugiel, Wilson (Sho-Silva 75). Subs not used: Dundas, Wyatt, Nembhard.
Scorer: Wilson 56.