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Linnets boss disappointed after seeing his side edged out by AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Hayden Road

King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse says his side have to more streetwise after suffering their second loss in four games at AFC Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday.

Culverhouse's side had plenty of the ball but nothing to show for it in Northamptonshire as Tom Lorraine's first half sucker punch settled a tight affair at Hayden Road.

It was tough going on a heavily-sanded pitch that resembled a beach in places while a strong wind made life difficult for both sides.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse (6802235)
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse (6802235)

Culverhouse said: "I don't think there was a lot of quality in the whole game if I'm honest as the pitch and the conditions didn't allow for that.

"We made one mistake for the goal and they scored. We enjoyed plenty of possession but didn't do anything with it. We had four half chances which on another day we might have taken taken.

"We controlled the game in the second half, but fair play to Rushden they put plenty of bodies behind the ball and let us play.

"They worked ever so hard, didn't give us a lot of time on the ball and defended very deep against us.

"At times we played in front of them too much without hurting them and whenever we did get it wide and delivered a ball in it hit the first man which was a shame.

"It's fine margins really. We can't concede silly goals like we have been and we've got to find a way of beating sides when we have long spells of possession like we did today."

Culverhouse had no complaints about the home side's winning goal which arrived six minutes before the interval.

"Rory (McAuley) got trapped deep clearing the ball and we pushed out and left him in there," said Culverhouse.

"The ball came back over the top and Rory was playing him on. It wasn't Rory's fault, we just switched off on marking when the ball came back in."

Clear-cut chances were at a premium during the 90 minutes, although both goalkeepers were called into action during the first half.

Ben Heath pulled of a low save to deny a Ryan Fryatt header while Alex Street was at full-stretch to his right to keep out a Declan Rogers free-kick at the other end.

Lynn's best chance of the whole match came on the stroke of half-time when Heath was bamboozled by Frazer Blake-Tracy's corner and the ball found its way to Michael Gash who failed to convert from eight yards out.

After the break it was Lynn who had the majority of the play but they failed to force home custodian Heath into another save as Diamonds kept their discipline and shape at the back to take the three points.

Rushden: Heath, Reynolds, Ashton, Collard, Dolman, Rogers, Curtis (Westbrook 57), Farrell, Hicks, Diamond, Lorraine (Bowen 84). Subs not used: Dean, Acquaye, Johnson.

Scorer: Lorraine 39.

Lynn: Street, Robinson (Jarvis 81), Blake-Tracy, Richards, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Parker (Henderson 60), Gash, Marriott, Mellors-Blair (Hawkins 60). Subs not used: Kerins and Bastock.

Booked: Robinson.

Attendance: 614.


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