King's Lynn goalkeeper takes the plaudits against Peterborough United
Goalkeeper Paul Jones took the plaudits after a late Zain Walker goal earned King’s Lynn Town an excellent 1-0 friendly win over League One Peterborough United on Wednesday night.
The 36-year-old was excellent between the posts as he denied Posh hot shot Jack Marriott an early hat-trick.
Three times in the opening quarter of the contest Marriott had only Jones to beat – but the shotstopper was up to the task with three magnificent saves.
By the time Jones – who spent the 2011-12 campaign at London Road – left the field Marriott must have been sick of the sight of the former Posh shotstopper.
Lynn, who included five trialists on the bench, made three changes to their line-up with Aaron Jones, Dan Bowry and Jordan Ponticelli all coming into the team while Tyler Denton also started against his ex-club.
Although they had another engagement against Luton Town, Posh brought fielded a squad with plenty of recognisable names in it.
Defender Josh Knight, who featured 24 times in the Championship last season, lined up in the heart of the Peterborough defence, while the likes of midfielder Jack Taylor and striker Marriott were also among a star-studded cast for the visitors.
The visitors were quick out of the blocks and Paul Jones saved well to deny Marriott inside two minutes after a rare error by Adam Crowther.
Jones was at full-stretch to keep out a razor-sharp Marriott again ten minutes later and thwarted the same player for a third time before the 20-minute mark.
After surviving the early Peterborough onslaught, Lynn began to grow into the game.
Lynn’s Gold Omotayo almost reproduced a carbon-copy of his headed goal at the weekend with an effort from the excellent Aaron Jones’s cross that flew just wide.
After spotting Posh goalkeeper Lucas Bergström off his line some quick-thinking from skipper Michael Clunan almost put Lynn ahead close to half-time as the midfielder tried his luck from 40 yards out, but his effort bounced the wrong side of the post.
Posh should have been ahead when Marriott released Ricky-Jade Jones with a clever pass, only to be denied by that man Jones again.
First-half hero Jones was replaced on the hour mark after being replaced by another triallist.
The Linnets were excellent in the second half with Aaron Jones excellent in an unfamiliar central midfield role as manager Tommy Widdrington used the game to look at one or two different options.
Zain Walker’s well-taken effort ten minutes from time sealed a deserved victory.
King’s Lynn Town: P. Jones (Trialist 60), A. Jones (Hudson 85), Denton (Trialist 82), Crowther (Knowles 78), Coulson (Fleming 78), Bowry, Widdrington (Trialist 60), Hargreaves (Trialist 46), Clunan (Stephens 46), Omotayo (Trialist 78), Ponticelli (Walker 60).