Turning point: Oliver Scott was felled in the box but the referee turned down appeals for a penalty.Pictures: IAN BURT

FOOTBALL: When you’re at the wrong end of the league table it seems fortune is always against you.

And so it proved for King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday at The Walks as they fell to a 4-2 defeat against high-flying Notts County.

The Linnets turned in the type of battling performance that fans have become used to since the arrival of Tommy Widdrington as manager and took a ninth-minute lead thanks to Gold Omotayo’s header from Michael Clunan’s far-post cross.

However, a second-half hat-trick from Callum Roberts turned the game on its head but home fans were left cursing a controversial decision after the striker had hit a 52nd-minute equaliser. Five minutes later Oliver Scott charged forward and was hauled down by Richard Brindley on the edge of the box. 

Referee Robert Whitton waved away the Linnets’ appeals and, with some home players still protesting, County surged upfield and Roberts scored his second goal.

He completed his treble after 67 minutes and it was all over 10 minutes later when Frank Vincent lashed the ball home.

Lynn did have the final say though, with captain Clunan crashing home a free-kick from 25 yards via the underside of the crossbar.

Manager Widdrington was pleased with his team’s performance but admitted luck had not fallen for them.

“There was one or two decisions that possibly could have gone for us at massive times but they didn’t and that tends to happen. You get the rub of the green when you need it. My old boss always told me not to believe in luck, but I believe you need it and that was the verdict for tonight.

“We’ve lost a game of football, but I was really pleased with the application from the lads. We got the game plan spot on in the first half as you can tell by the score at the interval. 

“I did warn the players that’s the best team we’ve played against all season. We need to credit them as the little bits of magic they created in the final third was the best we’ve come up against. 

“I’m disappointed to concede four goals but over the moon to score two. It’s bitter sweet.

“We’ve now played the teams that sit first, second and third in the league in my first four games. It’s been a tough start, but there are plenty of positives to take out of those games.

“The fans were superb tonight. They really got behind us.”

Lynn played in their third strip, black and white stripes, in support of Shelter’s No Home Kit plan, which had been due to happen on Boxing Day but the match was postponed.

The Linnets take a break from league action tomorrow when they make the journey to National League South side Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy. 

On-loan striker Connor Kurran-Browne has had his loan from AFC Bournemouth extended until the end of the season.

• The Linnets have re-arranged their two recently postponed matches. 

They will travel to Grimsby Town on Tuesday, February 8, with Woking revisiting the Walks a week later after last Saturday’s match was called off shortly before kick-off.