An injury-time goal from Callum Earls inflicted King’s Lynn Town’s fourth defeat of pre-season at Spalding United yesterday.

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Lynn had gone behind in the seventh minute when poor marking allowed Miles Chamberlain to bundle a Francis Green free-kick home from close range.

But Gary Setchell’s side improved as the game went on - especially in the second half where Dan Quigley and Russell Dunkley put the visitors 2-1 ahead.

Midfielder Quigley’s first goal in Linnets colours came when he arrived late in the box to power a fine Jamie Forshaw cross home in the 52nd minute.

Striker Dunkley’s second goal in as many games came from close range as he turned Phil Gulliver’s header home to give a rejuvinated Lynn a deserved lead.

However, lower-level Spalding - who play at Step Five of the non-league ladder, one below Lynn - found their way back into the game even though Tom James missed an 80th-minute penalty, which should have never been given in the first place.

Second later an unmarked Ben Good headed the big-spending Tulips, who impressed all afternoon, level before full-back Earls popped up to finish off a sweeping move to snatch victory at the death.

Lynn play their ninth game of pre-season at home to higher-level Histon on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

• Spalding: Conroy, Bull, Earls, Chamberlain, Canoville, Musgrove, Green, Doherty, Joyce, Good, Steadman

• Subs used: Toyne, Stevens, James

• Subs not used: Lyon, Drury, Tolley

• Goals: Chamberlain (7), Good (81), Earls (90+1)

• Booked: Steadman

• King’s Lynn: Street, Watson, Gulliver, Fryatt, Yong, Spriggs, Bunting, Quigley, Thurlbourne, Dunkley, Forshaw

• Subs used: Beaumont, Buhlemann, McLeish

• Goals: Quigley (52), Dunkley (76)

• Booked: Watson

• Attendance: 154

• Referee: C.Reeson

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