FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town head into the enforced break still in second place to York City in the National League North table, reports Chris Milsom.
A 1-0 defeat at home to Guiseley gave the West Yorkshire visitors a double over the Linnets and blew another chance to go top of the standings as they fell to a third straight home defeat.
Kaine Felix’s 33rd-minute strike was enough for the visitors to take the three points back to West Yorkshire, just a week after bottom club Bradford (Park Avenue) did the same.
The game was marred by some controversial decisions by referee Ben Atkinson, the most notable was the decision not to send off Guiseley defender Reiss McNally for hauling down Chris Henderson on the edge of the area just before half-time as the midfielder was about to shoot. Even more controversial was his decision to book Henderson for “simulation”.
Lynn had plenty of chances to get the points, notably a handful of chances falling to top scorer Adam Marriott whose goal drought was extended to six games. In the first half he was denied by a good save from Brad Wade then in the second half a delicate chip missed the target by inches and a free header inside the box was saved.
Rory McAuley was on the receiving end of an unpunished American-football type tackle from Ryan Hawkins’ corner before Hamzar Bencherif nearly turned the ball into his own net after a brilliant piece of skill from Hawkins saw his driven ball turned over the bar by the visiting defender.
Wade was called into action to turn away a goal-bound effort from substitute Michael Gash in the dying minutes.
In a heated finale, defender Ross Barrows became the sixth Lynn player to be booked and both non-playing Michael Clunan and director of football Rob Back were shown red cards.
The season now goes on ice for an unknown length of time with the Linnets still two points adrift of York with two games in hand and a total of 10 still to play – four at home and six away.
A decision on how the season will be resolved, if no further action can take place, is awaited.
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