Play-off hopefuls sink Linnets

PUBLISHED: 15:44 31 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 10 September 2010

Martin Davis

Droylsden 1, King's Lynn 0: King's Lynn's bid to frustrate a second play-off hopeful in three days failed at the Butcher's Arms last night as Droylsden away proved a tougher nut to crack than Stalybridge at home.

Droylsden 1 King's Lynn 0

King's Lynn's bid to frustrate a second play-off hopeful in three days failed at the Butcher's Arms last night as Droylsden away proved a tougher nut to crack than Stalybridge at home.

The Linnets were hoping to make it six games unbeaten against teams from Cheshire having beaten Hyde United and Stalybridge in their previous two games.

But it was not to be, the only goal coming from the home side 10 minutes from the interval when a quick break ended with Alex Brown firing a fierce shot which took a deflection to wrong-foot Lynn Scott Howie.

Though the first half had been pretty even up until then, the Bloods dominated the second to finish well worth the three points which lifted them to just three points off a play-off place.

Linnets boss Keith Webb made just one change from the side which had beaten Stalybridge, Ross Kelly replacing Andrew Fisk, who reverted to the bench - where Charlie Defty replaced Greg Crane.

It was a landmark night for Adam Smith, who was making his 100th appearance in Linnets colours during his three spells at the club.

Lynn had an early glimpse of a chance when a bad backpass by Lee Roach almost let in Kris Renton. But Droylsden keeper Craig Mawson was quick off his line to kick clear and when the ball broke back to Renton his shot at goal was weak.

Andy Johnson then brought a fine save out of Mawson with a 20-yard piledriver while Scott Mitchell had a shot which was blocked for a corner.

The Bloods responded with Liam Brownhill breaking forward from the back to test Howie from long range while Mark Peters suffered some personal discomfort when blocking a shot from Brown.

Lynn started the second half with a good chance when a long free-kick from Johnson was knocked down by Jack Defty into the path of Renton - but the Norwich City man's shot was easily saved.

It was mainly the home side who threatened from then on. The closest thing to a goal came when Howie made a superb save from Speight.

King's Lynn: Howie, Graham, Smith, Peters, Thomas, Camm, Kelly (Fisk), Johnson (c), J Defty, Renton (Dwyer), Mitchell. Subs: Joachim, Dwyer, C Defty, Murray. Booking: Graham.

Droylsden: Mawson, Roche, Brown-Hill, Byrom, Ruffer, Beck, Brown, McGuire, Lamb, Speight, Bamim. Subs: Fitzpatrick, Tipton, Sorvel, Pickford, Halford. Booking: Roche. Goal: Brown 35.

Referee: Mr AR Holmes.

Attendance 278

Linnets officials have announced season tickets for the 2009/10 campaign will be frozen at current prices - with a 10 per cent discount for anyone purchasing a season ticket or vice-president's membership before the end of this season.

Full admission prices for the 2009/10 season: (Ground): adults £175, concessions £105, children (aged 16 and under) £50. (Main Stand): adults: £205, concessions: £140, children (aged 16 and under) £75.

A vice-president's ticket for next season will cost £525. For further information contact the club's commercial office on 01553 760060.

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