FOOTBALL: Two second-half goals condemned King’s Lynn Town to defeat in their final away match of the Southern League season.
The short trip to St Ives Town saw the Linnets go down 2-0 to confirm the team would finish outside the top half of the table.
Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street was called on after 10 minutes to deny Danny Kelly with a good save with his feet after the St Ives striker had broken his defensive line.
The closest Lynn came to a goal in the first half was when young defender Sam Cartwright nodded wide from Michael Clunan’s corner.
Ryan Hawkins had the best chance inside the opening minutes of the second half to break the deadlock, but his free-kick drifted past the target.
Street prevented Danny Kelly from finding the net when he pulled off a superb point blank stop from about six yards out.
The home side then took control and deservedly took the lead after 67 minutes.
Liam McDevitt created some space for himself on the edge of the box and fired a shot past Street into the bottom corner.
The lead was doubled just 10 minutes later.
A raking cross from the right by Jack Bradshaw was met by the diving Kelly who finally got the better of Street with a header.
Ian Culverhouse’s team dominated Saturday’s home game with Frome Town, but again failed to find the killer touch, being held to a 1-1 draw – the 18th time the Linnets have shared the points this season.
This time Lynn’s failure to pick up maximum points was mainly down to the brilliance of visiting goalkeeper Karl Crabtree.
Crabtree had to be at his best in the first minute to deny Ryan Hawkins and then kept out Chris Ward’s header on goal with his face.
Youngster Ryan Harnwell notched his first senior team goal after 37 minutes when he turned home from inside the area after good work by Ryan Hawkins.
Jake Jackson drew the visitors level nine minutes from the end with his 20th goal of the season.
The Linnets nearly grabbed all three points when Sam Warburton was sent clear on goal. He coolly rounded Crabtree but his strike from an acute angle struck the base of a post.
Lynn end their league season tomorrow when Chesham United visit The Walks, 3pm.
There is then a month’s break before the Norfolk County FA Senior Cup final at Carrow Road against Fakenham Town on May 22, 7.30pm.
The Linnets are holding their end-of-season presentation evening on April 29, after the last Reserves game of the season against Whitton United.
Awards will be presented to players of the year for first team, reserves, under 18s and women’s team in the Linnets Lounge.
The first 20 people through the door will get a free hot dog or burger and everyone attending will be entered into a raffle for two chances to win a signed shirt.
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