Venue: The Walks Date: 12-11-22 Kings Lynn Town 3 Harriers 0 Att: 1149 (away fans: 75)

12-11-22. Match report Vs Kings Lynn Town

Harriers faint hopes of a result come crashing back to earth

Report: Phil Lench

The Harriers shocking run of defeats continued at Kings Lynn Town today after the Reds succumbed once again to a second half power show that saw them end up shipping yet more goals to set pieces. Two poorly conceded/defended corners and a shocking throw in handed Lynn all three of their goals but the problems run deeper than that as alluded to in Russ Penns video interview following the game so make your own mind up please.

We started with a changed side from the one that lost at Boston Utd on Tuesday evening with Nathan Lowe, an injured Shane Byrne, Keziah Martin missing and Amari Morgan-Smith dropped to the bench. Starting in their place were Ben Margetson, Scott Burgess, Zak Brown and Ethan Freemantle with Joe Starbuck coming onto the bench.

We didn’t start the game too badly but played it mainly in midfield, as did Kings Lynn. A bit of a cat and mouse game really up until the twentieth minute when Josh Barrett became the first to try and break the deadlock when he collected a poorly cleared ball from Gold Omotayo but, from the edge of the box, his shot was straight at Tom Palmer in the Harriers goal.

Again the game lapsed into a midfield battle with neither side grabbing it by the scruff of the net. It was ten minutes from the end of the half when the next chance on goal turned up, again to the hosts when Aaron Jones fired in on the angle and forced a good stop out of Palmer. Our first chance came a minute from time when Ethan Freemantle slid in on a Caleb Richards ball into the area but he could only just connect to it and the ball went wide.

Omotayo then came close to scoring when his header went out off the post and then into injury time for disaster to strike.

Strong Lynn pressure in the area saw Krystian Pearce clear the ball to safety but we all know that ‘out for a corner’ is not safe where the Harriers are concerned. Michael Clunan took the corner kick and the veteran Josh Coulson climbed the highest between Pearce and Ben Margetson to powerfully head the ball into the net for their opening goal. 

HT: 1 – 0

It didn’t take Kings Lynn long to increase the lead and, again, it came from a defensive error. We had just seen a chance from Ashley Hemmings get deflected out for a fruitless corner when the hosts had a corner of their own. We knew what was coming and so it passed as Theo Widdrington found acres of space in the air to nod the ball home via the upright for the second goal of the day.

Soon after Widdrington went off with a hamstring pull and was replaced with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain. The little brother of Liverpools Alex.

With that goal all hope evaporated and it was just a case of, hopefully, keeping the score down to two because we had no clue upfront. AMS came on for Freemantle and that in itself was a strange move in taking a striker off for another striker when really we should be bolstering the attack with more bodies to try and get back into the game. That was proved when Joe Foulkes sent a tempting ball across the face of the goal and there was no one there to touch it home.

It was another poorly implemented set piece. It was 3-0!

We were given a throw in but it was poorly taken, not even reaching the intended target, and was pounced on by Omotayo who then surged forward and sent in a curling shot that beat Palmer to go into the bottom corner of the net.

Palmer saved well from substitute Ben Stephens soon after he’d replaced Barrett and that was it from either side basically. Our hopes of bringing this poor run to an end had come crashing spectacularly back down to earth. It could be interesting to see what happens in the coming week at Aggborough.

FT: 3 – 0

Goals for Kings Lynn: Coulson 46, Widdrington 54, Omotayo 65

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Kings Lynn TownGoalsSubsTimeCards
P Jones    
A Jones    
Barratt 67 
Hargreaves 78 
Oxlade-Chamberlain 60 
Walker 78 
Stephens 67 
Foulkes 79 
Owen-Evans 69 
Freemantle 60 
Morgan-Smith 60 
Bearne 69 
Starbuck 79 
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