FOOTBALL: Weymouth’s Bob Lucas Stadium is not a happy hunting ground for King’s Lynn Town, writes Chris Milsom.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat in Dorset was their third defeat in four previous trips, while the previous Lynn club had also gleaned only one point from their last three games there.
However, the Linnets had chances to break that hoodoo but a combination of poor discipline and Adam Marriott’s missed penalty condemned them to their third straight National League defeat.
Lynn started brightly and Marriott went close when his shot was smothered by home goalkeeper Jack Bycroft.
The hosts took the lead through Cody Cooke but Lynn drew level early in the second half. Ryan Jarvis’ delightful pass opened up the Weymouth defence to release Michael Clunan into the box and Marriott was on hand to tap home his simple pass from six yards.
Calvin Brooks was penalised for bringing down Marriott inside the area after 73 minutes but Bycroft dived to his right to keep out the resulting spot kick.
The Linnets were then reduced to 10 men when a moment of madness from Rory McAuley set in motion a chain of events that led to Weymouth’s victory.
Retreating from an attack, McAuley dipped his head into Brennan Camp’s chest and, although missed by the referee, the incident was spotted by the linesman and McAuley saw yellow for a second time.
After 87 minutes, substitute Ross Barrows was penalised for blocking Sean Shield’s cross with his arm and up stepped Tom Whelan to send goalkeeper Archie Mair the wrong way for the winner.