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King’s Lynn Town: Match Report

Posted by Ed Simpson
Posted on Sat 26 Mar 2022
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Town suffered back to back defeats at the hands of Kings Lynn as two second half goals secured the 3 points for the National League strugglers.

FC Halifax Town started the best of the two teams as Billy Waters won a free kick for Town inside the opening minute. Martin Woods took the free kick from the right-hand side of the box which eventually found its way out for a goal-kick.

Just after and Gerry McDonagh was causing problems for the Kings Lynn defence when he held up the ball to Matty Warburton who took on the first shot of the game which ended up wide of the post in the end.

Kings Lynn shortly after had their first chance of the game when Town gave the ball away to Gold Omotayo who hit a shot wide of the post past his former teammate in Sam Johnson.

On the quarter hour mark Michael Clunan for Kings Lynn Town had an effort towards goal just about deflected wide for a corner instead of it hitting the back of the net.

In the 20th Gerry McDonagh hit a shot from the edge of the box for Halifax which was well blocked by the home team who did well to clear their lines.

Just five minutes late and Jack Senior found himself in space to shoot at goal which was blocked and then after cleared away by the Kings Lynn back line.

Straight after and The Shaymen had the ball in the back of the net when a short corner was played to Martin Woods who crossed the ball into the box where Niall Maher had his header beat the keeper, but Billy Waters tapped the ball in an offside position before crossing the line therefore leaving the linesman with no choice but to flag for offside.

Only shortly after and Kings Lynn Town were very unlucky to have not taken the lead when a ball chipped through to Josh Barrett on the volley flew far over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box.

In the 32nd minute Michael Clunan took a free kick from the edge of the box which he hit with pace and power, but it flew just wide of the right post.

Halifax had an unbelievable chance to score the opener when goalkeeper Paul Jones conceded a penalty which Matty Warburton took but struck wide of the post to the relief of the Kings Lynn fans.

McDonagh and Jordan Slew linked up nicely down the left-hand side which left Slew charging down on goal which Kings Lynn managed to get back to defend.

Halifax ended the half being the dominant of the two teams but with either team yet to find the opener.

Kings Lynn Town started the second half very well when Josh Barrett nearly bagged one of the goals of the season when his volley struck the crossbar.

The earlier effort didn’t faze Kings Lynn as they scored the opener on the 52nd minute when Josh Barrett tapped home an easy finish on the edge of the six-yard box.

Halifax kept on fighting in the second half winning set pieces but none which could test the Kings Lynn keeper.

With six minutes to play Tom Bradbury sent a cross into the box which Kian Spence came racing into but unfortunately his header failed to gather pace and power and it bounced wide.

McDonagh charged down the left-hand side from a Zak Dearnley ball before taking a shot on which could only found the side netting.

Kings Lynn had the game wrapped up in added time when former Town man Gold Omotayo wrong footed Johnson before slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.

The game finished 2-0 to Kings Lynn Town, that means that FC Halifax Town drop to 4th in the Vanarama National League table whilst Kings Lynn climb to 21st.

King’s Lynn Town

1 Paul Jones, 22 Ross Barrows, 30 Josh Coulson, 3 Tyler Denton, 7 Michael Clunan (C), 24 Oliver Scott, 18 Munashe Sundire, 16 Brett McGavin, 26 Cameron Hargreaves, 9 Gold Omotayo, 20 Joshua Barrett (27 Connor Kurran-Browne 83)

Subs: 2 Luis Fernandez, 6 Daniel Bowry, 8 Jak Hickman, 19 Ken Charles

FC Halifax Town

1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior (8 Kieran Green 78), 6 Tom Bradbury, 10 Matty Warburton, 11 Billy Waters (27 Zak Dearnley 63), 15 Gerry McDonagh, 17 Kian Spence, 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew (20 Harvey Gilmour 57) 26 Martin Woods, 31 Niall Maher ©

Subs: 5 Jesse Debrah, 16 Jamie Thomas

Referee: Matthew Diciccio

Goals: Barrett 52, Omotayo 90

Yellow Cards: Paul Jones 35, Brett McGavin 39, Green 90

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 921

King’s Lynn Town 2 FC Halifax Town 0

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