FOOTBALL: The new-look King’s Lynn Town team are still struggling to gel, picking up just one point from their games over the bank holiday.
Saturday’s goalless Central Premier League draw at home to St Neots Town was followed by single -goal defeat in the East Anglian derby at Lowestoft Town on Monday.
That makes it three defeats in five games at the start of the season for Simon Clark’s Linnets.
Lynn created plenty of chances against St Neots but failed to take any of them.
Ryan Hawkins came the closest when his driven shot was superbly saved by Finlay Irons.
St Neots defender Taylor Parr rattled the crossbar of Alex Streets goal in a rare attack for the visitors.
Central defender Rory McAuley also shook the visitors’ bar from 25 yards and had another chance in the dying minutes when he got his head to Michael Clunan’s corner but narrowly missed the target.
It was more of the same at Crown Meadow 48 hours later.
Manager Clark made two changes with captain Clunan (injured) absent and Toby Hilliard dropping to the bench.
That meant starts for Valter Da Rocha and summer signing Harry Limb.
In a scrappy opening, it was the home team that took the lead after 13 minutes. Armani Schaar got free down the right and pulled the ball back to former Lynn fans’ favourite Jacek Zielonka. His shot was parried by Street but only into the path of Ben Fowkes, who skipped round the goalkeeper to finish from close range.
Lynn should have levelled minutes later when Da Rocha got the better of Connor Deeks down the right before laying off the ball to Hawkins. His cross found Limb inside the area but the former Burnley striker could only find the arms of Elvijs Putnins from two yards out.
An excellent save from Putnins prevented Craig Parker from drawing the Linnets level but that was as close as they got.
λ The Linnets will host Histon in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup on September 8.