FOOTBALL: Two promotion rivals were put in their place as King’s Lynn Town came closer to confirming a second-place finish and a home run in the Southern League play-offs.

On Thursday, a trademark comeback against Kettering brought a 2-1 win, while Saturday’s trip to Slough Town saw the Linnets pick up a valuable point in a 2-2 draw.

Brett Solkhan gave Kettering the lead from the penalty spot after a clumsy tackle by centre back Tom Ward on Matt Stevens.

Lynn got themselves back on level terms when Frazer Blake-Tracey swung in a cross from the left and Michael Gash nodded home at the far post.

Victory was secured after 70 minutes when Ryan Fryatt powerfully headed home Simon Lappin’s corner.

Kettering ended the game with 10 men after defender Kalern Thomas was shown a straight red card after a nasty lunge on Gash with nine minutes to go.

Lynn fell behind at Slough inside the opening minute of the game when Perry Coles benefitted from slack marking to lob the ball over the stranded Alex Street.

Cameron King applied the touch to Gash’s through ball to draw the Linnets level after 16 minutes and on the stroke of half time he doubled his tally with a thunderous shot from 30 yards.

The hosts grabbed a share of the spoils in the 87th minute when Chris Flood beat Blake-Tracey to a header and the ball dropped for Coles to score his second goal.

Hereford were crowned champions at Biggleswade on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory.

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