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Pictures and report as Owen Story writes a new chapter at The Walks




King's Lynn Town 1 Bedworth United 1

Owen Story's second half goal denied his former club the chance to go third in the Southern Central Premier Division standings as King's Lynn Town were held to a draw by basement boys Bedworth United.

The Linnets looked on course to win their fourth successive game under Ian Culverhouse thanks to Rory McAuley's early header at The Walks.

They were poised to leapfrog Royston Town, Leiston and Alvechurch into third spot until Story wrote another chapter and earned the Greenbacks a more than useful point in their battle to stay up.

Rory McAuley stoops to head Lynn in front against Bedworth United at The Walks. Picture: TIM SMITH (5594925)
Rory McAuley stoops to head Lynn in front against Bedworth United at The Walks. Picture: TIM SMITH (5594925)

It was perhaps written in the script that Story - playing his first game back at Lynn since the old club folded - would be the spoiler on a disappointing afternoon for the hosts.

Story, who played during the Carl Heggs era in 2009, said: "It's always good to score a goal but to score against my old club touches the heart a little bit.

"For the boys in Bedworth it is good for us to get a positive result today and hopefully we can build on that.

"It's a nostalgic vibe being back and I've had lots of good feedback from some of the fans who remember me.

"It was great when I was at Lynn. The team we had was awesome and we were scoring goals for fun. It was a shame that it obviously came to an end and the circumstances but I have great memories."

King's Lynn Town midfielder Chris Henderson tries to unlock the Bedworth United defence. Picture: TIM SMITH (5594923)
King's Lynn Town midfielder Chris Henderson tries to unlock the Bedworth United defence. Picture: TIM SMITH (5594923)

Prior to the Linnets taking the lead on five minutes, the game had already seen Adam Marriott head onto the woodwork following a neat build-up between Chris Henderson and Michael Gash.

Clunan then saw his effort saved by the legs of Greenbacks' keeper Adam Harrison before Lynn eventually found the net when McAuley stopped to head home a Clunan corner.

Two minutes later, another chance went begging when Ryan Hawkins delivered a delightful ball across the box but Ryan Fryatt and Marriott both failed to get the vital touch.

The Linnets dominated possession after the break but other than Henderson, who forced Adam Harrison into a point-blank save, they didn't really test the Greenbacks goalkeeper.

They were made to pay 13 minutes after the restart after a cross found Story at the back post and the Leicester-based player rifled home on the volley.

King's Lynn Town's management team of Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: TIM SMITH (5594927)
King's Lynn Town's management team of Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: TIM SMITH (5594927)

After the game, Linnets boss Culverhouse conceded that his side had been far from their best.

Boss Culverhouse said: "I thought it was flat today, the atmosphere around the place and the way we went out and played.

"We started the game okay and could and should have probably been a few goals up.

"With just a one-goal lead you are always liable to concede if you switch off for one moment. Fair play to them, they took advantage of someone not being at the back post to score.

"We always knew this was going to be tricky. On paper, people come and think it's a foregone conclusion and it's never like that and the players know that in there."

Lynn: Street, Richards (Castellan 70), Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan (Parker 70), Henderson, Gash, Marriott, Hawkins. Subs not used: Frohawk, Bastock.

Scorer: McAuley 5.

Bedworth: Harrison, Summerfield, Rowe, Parrott, Maslen-Jones, Gordon, Story (Hancocks 88), Blackmore, Rowley, Tonge (Troke 46), Whitmore. Subs not used: Dudley, Gibson, Fitzharris.

Booked: Maslen-Jones.

Scorer: Story 58.

Attendance: 758.



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