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Late disallowed goal denies Rebels a point at King's Lynn

King's Lynn Town

King's Lynn Town

Hurst (6), Castellan (65)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Mpi (14)
League Attendance: 480 Mark Scott
Slough Town suffered a narrow defeat at Norfolk-based King’s Lynn Town, but were controversially denied an equaliser in the dying minutes.

The Rebels thought they would leave Norfolk with a point after withstanding heavy pressure from the home side, but referee G Russell ruled that Scott Harris had fouled goalkeeper Alex Street in trying to head the ball in after a poor header back from Matt Castellan. Warren Harris nodded the ball into the empty net, was denied by the referee’s whistle, with the decision to award a free kick for a foul looking to be extremely generous to the hosts.

Slough started badly, with Liam Hurst giving King’s Lynn the perfect start on six minutes. He chested the ball down and curled in a splendid effort on the volley which flew past Mark Scott and into the top corner.

Lee Smith went close to doubling the lead shortly after, but Scott parried his effort away.

But Slough have been in good form since the beginning of October, and the Rebels fought back to level the scores on 14 minutes. The goal was a gift from the hosts, with Street and defender Jordan Yong having a breakdown in communication which allowed Charlie Mpi the simple job of running the ball into an empty net to register his seventh goal in his last nine games.

Lynn continued to push following this blow, and only an excellent tackle from Nathan Webb prevented Sam Mulready from getting in a shot as he looked to be in on goal.

Webb later headed an effort off the line, whilst Lewis Putman put a difficult header over the bar from Charlie Strutton’s cross.

Winger Zacek Zielonka had a good chance to head Lynn into the lead five minutes before half time when he got on the end of a Michael Clunan free kick, but the Pole but could only head straight at Scott from inside the six yard box.

Early in the second half, Putman’s shot stung the hands of Street, but the keeper recovered to gather at the second attempt.

King’s Lynn went on to dominate the early part of the second half, and Michael Clunan nearly caught Scott out from a free kick that hit the side netting.

Slough struggled to replicate the kind of performances which have seen them shoot up the league table and make progress in the FA Trophy, and the Lynn goal was not overly threatened by a Warren Harris shot which was deflected wide.

Lee Stevenson squandered a clear opportunity to put Lynn back in front on 62 minutes. Toby Hilliard’s ball across goal found Stevenson, who dwelled on the ball for too long and when he eventually got his shot away, Sean Fraser did well to tackle and prevent a certain goal.

But from the resulting corner, the Linnets went back in front. Mark Scott, who had received medical treatment after the last attack, was unable to stop substitute Castellan from powering a diving header into the bottom corner.

Lynn continued to pour men forward and look for another goal to kill the game off, and Slough were forced to defend deep. Scott palmed away another strike to keep the deficit to one.

Slough made three substitutions in an attempt to change things, but were unable to find a way through, with Mpi looping a header just over the bar from Guy Hollis’ cross.

Warren Harris’ headed effort was ruled out and Slough committed numbers forward in search of a late goal, but Lynn held on to secure a deserved three points.

King's Lynn Town Lineup

Alex Street, Simon Bird, Jordan Yong, Ryan Fryatt, Sam Gaughran (c), Lee Smith, Michael Clunan, Liam Hurst, Sam Mulready, Lee Stevenson, Jacek Zielonka. Subs: Matthew Castellan, Jack Friend, Liam Fryatt, Toby Hilliard, Dylan Edge.


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