King's Lynn left waiting for first home win as Solihull Moors snatch later winner at The Walks
King's Lynn Town 0 Solihull Moors 1
King's Lynn Town's wait for a first home win continued as high-flying Solihull Moors grabbed a cruel late winner at The Walks.
The Linnets look on course to extend their unbeaten run to three matches and pick up their first clean sheet of the season in the process until Danny Newton's late winner broke Lynn hearts after a number of contentious refereeing decisions.
A rare occurrence this season saw manager Ian Culverhouse name the same starting XI as the team which draw 1-1 with Barnet on Tuesday night.
The only change came on the bench where teenage striker Joe Taylor, 18, was recalled from a loan spell at Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit Wroxham where he found the back of the net 21 times in 13 appearances.
High-flying Moors arrived in Norfolk looking to extend their strong run of form, which included just one defeat in seven and three clean sheets from the last four games.
Manager Neil Ardley made two changes to the visitors starting line-up, bringing in Adam Rooney and Ryan Barnett for Danny Newton and Justin Donawa who dropped to the bench.
An early chance saw for Lynn saw Ross Barrows whip the ball in from the left and Gold Omotayo glance his header wide of the target.
Moors dangerman Joe Sbarra was twice denied by excellent interceptions by defender Daniel Bowry who once again looked assured in the heart of the home backline.
Lynn goalkeeper was called upon for the first time after 25 minutes when he tipped Sbarra's stinging effort over the woodwork for a corner.
A clumsy challenge by Jordan Cranston on Aaron Jones in the penalty area was very lucky to escape any kind of punishment as the referee ignored penalty appeals from the Lynn players.
Joe Coleman forced visiting Joe Boot into his first save of the game as half-time approached with the Solihull goalkeeper gratefully clutching onto the midfielder's long range free-kick.
Six minutes after the restart Ross Barrows tested the reflexes of Boot who finger-tipped a fizzing effort around his post for a corner.
Some good interchange between Sbarra and Rooney saw the latter flash an effort across the box in what was Sbarra's last contribution of the afternoon.
Taylor was given his first taste of National League football for the final 25 minutes and his introduction immediately lifted the noise levels among the crowd.
Referee Andrew Miller ignored ant0her penalty appeal on 69 minutes when Joe Rowley’s shot appeared to hit a hand in the Solihull box.
Lynn almost came close to breaking the deadlock after Clunan's drive was deflected just wide of the goal for a corner.
The visitors sent on Kyle Hudlin, who has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League giants Man City, for the final ten minutes and a thumping effort from the big frontman had to be turned around the post by Jones.
With only four minutes remaining, referee Andrew Miller penalised young sub Joe Taylor for handball – although it looked to have hit him from a distance of a few inches.
And the only goal of the game arrived from the subsequent free-kick as Howe nodded Osborne's free-kick into the path of Newton to find the back of the net from close range.
King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, Fernandez, McFadden, Bowry, Clunan, Coleman, Omotayo, Linton (Taylor 64), A Jones, Barrows (Gyasi 88), Rowley (McGavin 73). Subs not used: Sundire, Walker, Taylor.
Booked: Omotayo, A. Jones.
Solihull Moors: Boot, Cranston, Howe, Gudger, Sbarra (Osborne 62), Maycock, Rooney (Newton 81), Barnett, Ball, Dallas (Hudlin 81), Maynard. Subs not used: Williams and Donawa.
Booked: Gudyer, Sbarra, Cranston.
Scorer: Newton 86.