Linnets braced for winding up order

King’s Lynn went out of the Unibond League Challenge Cup when they lost 2-1 in last night’s third round tie at The Walks. But the occasion was dominated by fears over the potential outcome of today’s High Court hearing in London – at which the club is likely to be wound up over an unpaid �65,000 tax bill.

King's Lynn went out of the Unibond League Challenge Cup when they lost 2-1 in last night's third round tie at The Walks.

But the occasion was dominated by fears over the potential outcome of today's High Court hearing in London - at which the club is likely to be wound up over an unpaid �65,000 tax bill.

The EDP understands that the Linnets have been unable to raise the money and, barring dramatic developments, it is likely that the registrar will rubber stamp a winding up order which would signal the end for the 130 year-old club - the club having opted not to put the club into administration.

Only 463 fans attended last night's game, which saw Danny Spencer give the Linnets a first half lead but Retford hit back to win with two second half penalties from Colin Marrison.

King's Lynn: McAnally, Harvey, Spencer, Smith, Gilchrist, Murray, Rose, Fisher (Webb 81), Walsh, Morreira (Penty 45), Wilson. Subs not used: McCarthy, Gay. Goal: Spencer (40)

Retford: Turner, F Smith, Thompson, Ford (Ludlam 81), Ellis, Ellender, Bettney, Barwick (M Smith 68), Thomas, Marrison, Holmes (Harvey 60). Subs (not used): Knapper, Kingston. Goals: Marrison (70, 90)

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Attendance: 463

Referee: N Hair (Peterborough).