Ten-man Linnets let two-goal lead slip

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Buxton 2 King’s Lynn Town 2Ten-man King’s Lynn Town failed to win a league game at Silverlands for the eighth time as they let a 2-0 lead slip from their grasp in Derbyshire this afternoon.Ben Stephens fired Lynn in front – but then saw red at a ground where Lynn had two players dismissed last season – before Gabriel Rogers doubled the visitors lead from the penalty spot six minutes before the interval.It was one-way traffic in the second half as Diego De Girolamo reduced the arrears from the penalty spot and Max Brogan found an equaliser to deny Lynn a crucial win in their battle against relegation.

Ben Stephens was sent-off for this lunge on Buxton’s Max Brogan. Picture: Tim Smith

The draw ended a run of three successive losses for Adam Lakeland’s side, who remain in the bottom four of the National League North table.“It was the least we deserved really for the effort that we put into the game,” said Lakeland after the game.“When you’re away from home, regardless of the scoreline, if you’ve got to play an hour of the game with 10 men it’s incredibly difficult and the sending-offs absolutely killed us.“I thought we started the game really well. We scored the second goal after Ben had gone off, but we were the better team up to that point. Obviously, we got our noses in front and it just changes the whole dynamic of the game.

Ben Stephens are opening the scoring. Picture: Tim Smith

“We managed to get that second goal pretty quickly and we needed to just get through as long as we could really without them clawing a goal back, if they were going to get a goal at all.”I think when they went and got the first one so early on in the second-half and then the second one, with so long left on the clock, you probably fear the worst really, but massive credit to the lads.

New signing Greg Taylor. Picture: Tim Smith
Ben Stephens is shown a red card. Picture: Tim Smith

“They stuck at it, dug in, the lads who came off the bench gave us a little bit more of an offensive option and I think we probably have to look on reflection now and say that it’s not a bad point with all things considered.”Rushall Olympic – one of the sides above Lynn in the chasing pack – eased their worries with a 4-3 home success over Spennymoor as the club remain three points adrift at the wrong end of the table.

New signing Greg Taylor. Picture: Tim Smith
New signing Dylan Crowe. Picture: Tim Smith

Buxton: Dearnley, Brown, Ganite, Shiels, Wright (Hunt 87), Kirby, Osborne, Mottley-Henry, Brogan, Francis-Angol (De Girolamo 46), Horbury (Elliott 46), Subs (not used): Minihan, Weston.Booked: Brown.Scorers: De Girolamo 61 (pen). Brogan 68King’s Lynn Town: Jones, Ronan (Crowe 75), McFadden, Taylor, Coulson, Powell, Hughes (Curtis 75), Hargreaves, Rogers (Morrison 46), Stephens, Devonport. Subs (not used): Barrett, Dixon-Hodge.Booked: Curtis. Sent off: Stephens.Scorers: Stephens 6, Rogers 39 (pen).Attendance: 614Chorley’s win in the Trophy means that their visit to The Walks, scheduled for February 10, will now have to be re-arranged.

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