FOOTBALL: A goalkeeping masterclass from Banbury’s Jack Harding sent King’s Lynn Town to a 2-0 defeat in the Central Premier League on Saturday.

It left manager Ian Culverhouse frustrated as his own team suffered two defensive lapses to lose out on a share of the points.

“Their goalkeeper was inspired,” Culverhouse told the club’s official website. “He made a number of inspiring saves and was named the sponsor’s man of the match. That tells you a lot about the afternoon. It was one of those days for us. 

“Our final ball could have been better and both their goals came from our possession in their half.” 

Lynn dominated the first half with a catalogue of scoring chances thwarted by Harding.

Adam Marriott, Chris Henderson and Michael Gash were all denied by the shot-stopper and it was the hosts who went ahead against the run of play.

Two minutes before the break  wayward pass from Gash allowed Greg Kaziboni to run in on goal and lob the ball over Alex Street from 25 yards.

Street then recovered well to deny Joe Iaciofano after a mix-up with Rory McAuley.

Lynn continued to dominate possession in the second half but failed to create as many clear chances and when they did they found Harding unbeatable.

Ryan Fryatt fired wide and Michael Clunan saw a drive turned round the goal by Harding before Banbury made sure of the points in the 88th minute when Frazer Blake-Tracy lost possession and George Nash sent substitute Amer Awadh clear to chip Street for the second goal. 

Tomorrow, the Linnets return to The Walks, where Tamworth are the visitors, 3pm. Lynn won the reverse fixture and will be seeking only their fourth double of the campaign.

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