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King's Lynn Town's survival hopes blown off course as Aldershot triumph in huge National League six-pointer

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King's Lynn Town 0 Aldershot Town 1

King's Lynn Town's National League survival hopes suffered a catastrophic blow as Aldershot triumphed in this afternoon's massive six-pointer at The Walks.

The two side's shared eight goals in a cracking contest last season in Norfolk but there was no chance of a repeat this term as Storm Arwen wreaked havoc on proceedings.

But the visitors scored the all-important winner nine minutes from time as Alfie Whittingham headed Michael Ndjoli's centre from the right to leave manager Ian Culverhouse's job hanging by a thread.

New King's Lynn Town striker Ken Charles. Picture: Tim Smith (53361870)
New King's Lynn Town striker Ken Charles. Picture: Tim Smith (53361870)

Ian Culverhouse's side bossed the first 45 minutes but the roles were reversed after the interval with The Shots creating the better opportunities to break the deadlock.

Lynn's best laid plans were hit by the withdrawal of key midfielder Ethan Coleman before kick-off due to family reasons.

And their recent selection woes didn't improve with defender Luis Fernandez pulling out with an injury in the warm-up, leaving the team with just three substitutes for the second successive game.

New signing Ken Charles had to be content with a place on the bench with Joshua Barrett and Pierce Bird alongside him as the trio of Michael Gyasi, Munashe Sundire and Brett McGavin all came into the starting XI which was thrashed 5-0 by Stockport on Tuesday night.

Lynn almost got off to the ideal start in atrocious conditions when skipper Michael Clunan let fly with a thumping effort from all of 25 yards which Laurie Walker did brilliantly to tip over his woodwork.

Playing with the wind behind them, Sundire delivered an inviting ball from the right but Gold Omotayo summed up Lynn's recent lack of attacking intent when he declined to attack the ball in the box.

Sundire went into the book for a bad challenge Lewis Kinsella down the left who did his level best to get the home defender sent-off with his antics after the challenge.

Twenty minutes before the break Gyasi's cross was headed over by Daniel Bowry from 15 yards as Lynn carved out the better openings.

Malachi Linton in the first half. Picture: Tim Smith. (53361874)
Malachi Linton in the first half. Picture: Tim Smith. (53361874)

McGavin delivered two delicious free-kicks into the visiting penalty area in the first period and despite having a queue of people waiting to take advantage not one home player was prepared to take a gamble.

Iontton's home debut lasted all of 52 minutes as the midfielder limped off to be replaced by Barrett and Lynn's new boy Charles was welcomed into the fold two minutes later as Malachi Linton's afternoon was brought to an early conclusion.

Home goalkeeper Paul Jones was virtually redundant in the first hour but the Lynn shotstopper pulled off a stunning stop to deny Kinsella's long-range strike tem minutes into the second half.

A heavy challenge on Charles led to handbags from players of both sides in the 64th minute with the name of Kinsella going into the book for the initial challenge.

Aldershot were the better side in the second half and the returning Kyle Callan-McFadden brilliantly headed away with Corie Andrews lurking in the penalty box following an excellent cross from Tommy Willard.

A deflected effort from Andrews was well-saved by Jones as the visitors pressed for the opening goal.

Just as Lynn looked set for their first clean sheet of the campaign, Whittingham powered home Ndjoli's cross to hand The Shots a third successive win and leave Lynn deep in the mire towards the bottom end of the table.

Midfielder Arthur Iontton on his home debut. Picture: Tim Smith (53361877)
Midfielder Arthur Iontton on his home debut. Picture: Tim Smith (53361877)

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, Bowry, McFadden, Clunan, Omotayo, Gyasi, Linton (Charles 54), McGavin, A. Jones, Sundire (Bird 69), Iontton (Barrett 49).

Booked: Iontton, Sundire.

Aldershot: L Walker, Kinsella, Whittingham, Andrews, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Glover, Jordan, Sylla, Saunders (Ndjoli 73), Willard, Gubbins. Subs: M Walker, Berkeley-Agyepong, Vennings, Gorman.

Booked: Kinsella

Attendance: 785

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