FOOTBALL: Missed chances cost King’s Lynn Town dearly as they wasted the chance to move into third place in the Central Premier League. 

With most of their rivals without a league match, the Linnets had the opportunity to cash in against bottom club Bedworth United but they were held to a 1-1 draw by the winless visitors.

Lynn could have been 5-0 ahead in the first 10 minutes but had to settle for a single strike from Rory McAuley to put their noses in front.

Adam Marriott headed against the woodwork, following neat build-up play between Chris Henderson and Michael Gash, and Clunan’s effort was saved by goalkeeper Adam Harrison’s legs before McAuley headed in Clunan’s corner after five minutes.

Another chance went begging soon after when Ryan Fryatt and Marriott both failed to get a vital touch to Ryan Hawkins’ cross.

Gash was then clean through but lobbed over with still only nine minutes played.

Bedworth withstood the home siege and had claims for a penalty dismissed before having a strike ruled out for offside.

Harrison tipped over a header from McAuley and Henderson’s shot from the edge of the area went over as the Linnets continued to push for a second goal.

The one-way traffic continued after the break with Harrison denying Henderson in a one-on-one as a goal beckoned.

Sure enough after 58 minutes the net bulged again but it was the visitors who were celebrating when a cross Linnets old boy Owen Story at the back post to fire past Alex Street.

Lynn continued to push for maximum points to climb up the table but, despite Henderson and later McAuley both going close, they had to settle for a point, extending their unbeaten league run to nine games, although four of those have been draws.

  •  The Linnets travel to Redditch United tomorrow. 

Tuesday’s scheduled home meeting with Royston Town has been postponed due to the visitors being in county cup action.