Linnets’ run ends

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FOOTBALL: A pair of 2-1 defeats brought an end to King’s Lynn Town’s nine-match unbeaten Southern League run.

Lee Stephenson’s late goal was scant reward for the Linnets’ efforts at Chippenham Town on Saturday and a brace of penalties from Inih Effiong condemned Lynn to back-to-back defeats at home to Biggleswade on Tuesday.

Tom Ward’s silly foul gave Effiong the chance to score the first but Lynn thought they had won a penalty of their own early in the second half when Russell Short handled inside the box only for the assistant referee to rule Leon Mettam offside at the time.

Minutes later the Linnets were level when Michael Clunan curled home a delightful effort from the edge of the box.

Mettam missed a good opportunity to net the winner and missed chances cost the hosts dearly as the game took a twist in the second minute of stoppage time when Alex Street was penalised for bringing down Rhys Hoenes and Effiong stroked home his second spot kick.

Lynn manager Gary Setchell was sent to the stands for his continued protests.

Lynn started Saturday’s game strongly with Sam Warburton firing over from distance.

The Wiltshire side took the lead after 33 minutes through Andy Sandell and doubled their advantage after the interval when Matt Smith cut in and fired into the bottom corner of the net.

Lynn found a way back after 76 minutes when Stevenson converted Kurtis Revan’s cross.