FOOTBALL: A 3-1 defeat at Matlock Town saw King’s Lynn Town end a torrid Evo-Stik Premier Division season on the road with yet another defeat. 

Of 23 away games, the Linnets have won just four. Only the bottom three have won fewer although both Marine and Trafford have games still to play.

Thankfully for Gary Setchell’s men, Stamford’s defeat at champions-elect FC United, coupled with Marine’s draw with Belper means the Linnets are now safe from relegation.

Lynn fell behind to an early goal when Julian Benton got on the end of Jamie McDonagh’s free-kick to power a header past the helpless Alex Street.

The Linnets got back on level terms after 20 minutes when David Bell’s corner was flicked on by Dan Quigley and Lee Stevenson had the easiest job of touching home the ball at the back post unmarked.

The lead lasted all of 10 minutes as The Gladiators went back in front when Ed Cribley’s centre was finished off by Danny Holland.

Lynn’s task was made more difficult just moments into the second half. A darting run from Micky Harcourt ended with him crossing the ball for McDonagh to head home.

There was time for Lee Stevenson to miss a penalty for the visitors after Connor Marshall was brought down inside the area.

The Linnets complete the season at The Walks tomorrow when Whitby Town are the visitors and a big win could see them finish as high as 13th, while defeat could herald 20th spot, one above the drop zone.

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