Linnets surrender three-goal lead in Walks defeat

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A game of two halves saw King’s Lynn Town surrender a three-goal lead as their long unbeaten run in the National League North was ended by a dramatic 4-3 defeat at the Walks.A rampant Linnets outfit stormed into a 3-0 lead in the opening 21 minutes through Bartosz Cybulski, Cameron Hargreaves and Jonny Margetts.It remained that way until half-time and Lynn still looked nailed on to take all three points despite the Seadogs pulling a goal back early in the second half.But a second Scarborough goal with 12 minutes remaining forced Lynn into a rearguard action before two goals in stoppage time condemned Lynn to their first defeat since mid-January.The gap between Lynn and the bottom four of the table has been cut to four points with four games of the season remaining. Linnets manager Adam Lakeland shuffled his pack by making three changes to the side that picked up a point at Scunthorpe United on Good Friday.After being ineligible to feature against his parent club on Friday, Ross Barrows came back in at the back for Kian Ronan, who dropped to the bench. There were also two notable rotations on an attacking front as Ben Stephens and Bartosz Cybulski returned to the line-up at the expense of Sam Walker and Owen Devonport.Cybulski’s inclusion paid dividends when he gave Lynn the perfect start after four minutes as he reacted quickest to Jonathan Margetts’ pull-back at the near post. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as a Stephens free-kick hit the visiting wall and came back out to Hargreaves who drilled home from 20 yards.The game looked to have been put bed in the 21st minute after Margetts was hauled down in the box by Kieran Weledji after running across the defender before the striker picked himself up to slot home the spot-kick. Visiting Scarborough reduced the arrears three minutes after the restart after Kole Hall turned on a sixpence Tin the box before firing past Paul Jones.The goal understandably lifted the visitors who introduced leading scorer Peter Green for the final 30 minutes of the contest. Green almost had an instant impact on proceedings as he crossed for Hall, whose deft back flick flashed across the face of goal in the 62nd minute.Cybulski’s good afternoon work was ended midway through the second half as Owen Devonport replaced Lynn’s opening scorer. The visitors set up a tense final few minutes as Lewis Maloney’s shot took a deflection past the despairing dive of Jones. It was backs to the wall for the Linnets in the remainder of the game as the Seadogs threw everything they had at Lynn.And Scarborough’s pressure reaped its rewards with two injury-time goals from Hall and Dom Tear to give the visitors the unlikeliest of wins.King’s Lynn Town: Jones, Barrows, McFadden, Taylor, Coulson, Crowe, Hargreaves, Morrison, Stephens (Hughes 78), Cybulski (Devonport 68), Margetts (Ronan 84). Subs not used: Rogers, Dixon-HodgeGoals: Cybulski 4, Hargreaves 8 and Margetts 21.Scarborough Athletic: Whitley, Weledji, Maloney, Thornton, Purver, Colville, Barnes, Wiles (Tear 76), Wilson (Green 60), Hall, Dyson (Gooda 60). Subs not used: Cracknell, Johnson.Goals: Hall 48, 90+2, Maloney 76, Tear 90+5.Attendance: 1128

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