FOOTBALL: A single point was not what King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell needed from this week’s two Evo-Stik Southern League games.
A 1-1 draw at Stratford on Saturday could quite easily have been a Lynn win had the hero of the past two games, Leon Mettam, not fluffed his lines in front of goal in the dying minutes with just the keeper to beat.
Then, on Tuesday, a late revival was not enough to overturn a 2-1 home defeat by Hitchin Town.
Mettam struck the woodwork with a free-kick at Stratford but Lynn where thankful to Alex Street for keeping the game level at half-time.
The home side took the lead in the second half with a heavily contested goal.
A swinging ball in from the right was missed by Dion Angus but the ball fell to the unmarked Richard Gregory who smashed past Street, with the Lynn players screaming for an offside flag.
The Linnets got back on level terms within a few minutes thanks to Lee Stevenson, whose surging run in the box saw him get on the end of Danny Emmington’s cross.
Things got worse for Lynn on Tuesday at The Walks as they went down to defeat.
Hitchin dictated the first half and deservedly took the lead in the seventh minute when a superb 25-yard volley from left back Ben Walster flew past Street and into the net.
Setchell tinkered with the formation at half-time and introduced Toby Hilliard and Shaun McWilliams and this seemed to spur Lynn into life.
But after 59 minutes, Dan Quigley played the ball back to Street and the young Linnets goalkeeper’s touch was poor and he gave the ball to Matt Lench who tapped into an unguarded net.
Lynn did get a lifeline in the 72nd minute when Mettam was hauled down by visiting goalkeeper Michael Johnson and a penalty was coolly dispatched by the ever reliable Michael Clunan.
Lee Stevenson thought he had equalised from a rocket of a free-kick but the ball was cleared off an unfortunate bounce off team mates Jacek Zielonka and away to safety.
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