Ross Barrows, pictured in action in the home game against Chester, gave the Linnets the lead on Tuesday.Picture: IAN BURT.

FOOTBALL: Simon Grand’s goal deep into second-half stoppage time saw Chester steal of all three points with a 3-2 win over King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday, reports Chris Milsom. 

The Linnets will be kicking themselves after twice taking the lead and being all square at 2-2 in the third minute of stoppage time.

Lynn had to soak up early Chester pressure with a barrage of attacks from the home side but with their first attack of the game after 25 minutes, the league leaders took the lead. A great run from Adam Marriott took him into the Chester area and he unselfishly laid the ball across the box for Ross Barrows to fire home. 

The lead lasted only five minutes with the unfortunate Rory McAuley heading into his own net for the leveller. 

Lynn regained the lead in the 61st minute when Chris Henderson’s persistence paid off. His hard work on the edge of the box saw him exchange passes with Barrows before firing home from the edge of the box. 

The major talking point of the game came after 69 minutes. Marriott was hauled down by James Jones as he went clear on goal but the last defender Jones received only a yellow card. Minutes later the home side equalised when substitute Anthony Dudley nipped in to lift the ball over the stranded Alex Street. 

It was then backs to the wall for Lynn as the hosts went looking for a winner. 

Their pressure was rewarded with the dramatic late winner when Street parried a shot and Grand was on hand to convert. 

Manager Ian Culverhouse was frustrated by the 69th minute incident and said: “That was the turning point. Mazz (Marriott) was clean through. I really don’t know what the ref is thinking.

“He was about to shoot and then got taken down from behind. There was no defender in front of him; just the goalkeeper and I’m baffled how he stayed on.”

Culverhouse felt his team had given the game away.

“Chester didn’t earn their goals, we gave them to them. Both of our goals were good team goals and we had to work hard for them.”

Lynn face another difficult trek to the North West tomorrow when they travel to fifth-placed Altrincham, who have scored more goals at home than any other team.