Welcome to the National League! New signing Ken Charles is wiped out.Picture: IAN BURT.

FOOTBALL: A must-win game proved to be mission impossible for King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.

They needed to beat Aldershot Town to avoid being cast adrift at the foot of the National League table but, for the eighth time this season, fell to defeat by the odd goal.

That brought the Linnets’ record to 15 games without a home league win and eight defeats in a row in all competitions, heralding a parting of the ways with Ian Culverhouse.

The manager’s plans were dealt a blow even before kick-off with midfielder Ethan Coleman absent due to family reasons and then Luis Fernandez injured in the warm-up.

Lynn started the game with three capable attackers on the pitch but tension was in the air for all to feel. Chances were hard to come by with neither goalkeeper challenged to any real extent.

Aldershot began to pile on the pressure in the second half with Lynn struggling to push out of their own half. 

The visitors found the all-important goal 10 minutes from the end when Alfie Whittingham tapped in after some quick build-up play down the right to condemn the Linnets to their seventh 1-0 defeat of the season.