FOOTBALL: Captain Michael Clunan failed to save a point for King’s Lynn Town as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Rushall Olympic in the Central Premier League on Saturday.

Chris Henderson had given the Linnets the half-time lead but the hosts hit back to go 2-1 up with nine minutes to go through Joe Hull and Tyler Lyttle.

Clunan had a golden chance to equalise after 87 minutes when former Linnet Massiah McDonald was penalised for handball. Unfortunately, Clunan’s spot kick was saved.

Things got even worse for Lynn soon after when Aaron Jones was shown a straight red card for a late tackle.

Manager Ian Culverhouse admitted his team had underperformed and told the club’s website: “We simply weren’t at the races. “We were fortunate to have the lead at the break but we did little in that second spell to add to it and we ended up paying a big price for it.” Culverhouse said conditions had been poor but his team should have adjusted

“Conditions weren’t the best underfoot and the strong wind wasn’t helpful but sometimes it’s like that and you have to find another way of getting your work done. Today we haven’t found that solution. 

“The players know that today as a team they have not been good enough.

“We are all in this together so we go away now, analyse the situation, put the work in on the training pitch in the week in readiness for next Saturday. 

“This league still has a long way to run and we have to be in their mixing it and fighting for every point. It’s my intention to make sure that we do just that.”

Hitchin Town are the visitors to The Walks tomorrow, 3pm, and Culverhouse will be eager to put one over a team that is fast becoming a jinx.

The Hertfordshire side won 5-0 in his first game in charge in 2017 and were 3-0 victors in the reverse fixture this season, ending Lynn’s 19-match unbeaten run.