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Whats The Story Near To Glory

By Russ Watkin

Battling Bedworth efforts gets some reward

The Greenbacks gained a point on the road yesterday coming from behind after the home side took the lead after five minutes..reports Ben Bradshaw.
Having seen Rory McAuley rise highest to head home Michael Cluman’s corner from the right as The Linnets dominated early proceedings but a resurgent Bedworth weathered the early storm and managed to get a foothold in the game and deservedly levelled through Owen Story’s sweetly struck half volley after a good spell just after the break.
With Gibson not starting through illness, Stuart Storer had to reshuffle the pack with Tonge playing a more advanced role in attack and Whitmore coming into the side to operate on the right side of midfield.
Kings Lynn had won four of their previous five games and sat 6th in the table just outside the play-offs so it was no surprise they came out of the traps looking to assert their dominance and upset their visitors who sit rock bottom of the division.
Michael Gash’s looping header after 60 seconds cannoned off the back of the bar and landed to a grateful Harrison in the Greenbacks goal. It wasn’t to be long however before the home side did go in front, skipper Cluman’s corner was steered into the net by the forehead of centre half Rory McAuley who used his strength to score.
GOAL: Kings Lynn Town 1-0 Bedworth United
Bedworth were struggling to get anywhere near the pace of their Norfolk opponents who were creating chance after chance but couldn't find a finish.
The fleet-footed Hawkins in particular was enjoying too much joy down the left as he flashed a ball across the six yard box which just narrowly missed a sea of closing Linnets players.
The visitors had to soak up a lot of early pressure and created an opening of their own after 12 minutes when Whitmore’s perseverance down the right-hand side paid off when chasing a ball that looked like it would run out harmlessly for a goal kick he managed to keep it in play on the byline and delivered a ball deep to the back post where Rowley was just about to finish when he was taken out by the goalkeeper before he could get decisive contact on the ball. The referee ignored the protests from the Greenbacks management and players who had every right to feel aggrieved by the referees decision, a penalty should have been awarded with locals shaking their heads with the visiting supporters left speechless.
Rowley did have the ball in the net a minute later, sweeping home following a flowing counter attack but the linesman had his flag up to rule the goal out with United's forward a yard offside.
Down the other end, Kings Lynn should have gone two up but found young shot stopper Harrison in fine form. Henderson pulled the ball back into the path of Marriott who from 10 yards out should have scored but he could only sting the palms of the fine young goalkeeper.
HALF TIME: Kings Lynn Town 1-0 Bedworth United
Troke replaced Tonge as the sides made their way out for the second half as Bedworth set out to press the ball more aggressively from the front against a side who liked to play through the back and midfield. This allowed The Greenbacks more time on the ball and knocked Kings Lynn off their game, Parrott drove forward 30 yards and with an early shot he forced Street in the home goal into a smart save low down.
Bedworth were now on top with Kings Lynn resorting to a more often direct style and United gained the goal their efforts merited in the 59th minute, a flick on from Troke fell at the far post to Story who on the half volley smashed the ball past Street to level the game.
GOAL: Kings Lynn Town 1-1 Bedworth United
A shocked Kings Lynn stepped the intensity of their play but for all their neat and tidy interplay Harrison was rarely called into action. Rowe cleared off the line late on after a shot was fizzed in and Hawkins should have done better when he found himself free on the edge of box but could only fire high and wide.
Bedworth themselves could have stole it very late on, Rowley who had led by example all game as he chased everything blocked the Kings Lynn goalkeepers clearance and just as it looked it would go underneath his legs and to Rowley for an easy tap in the shot-stopper swivelled and pounced on the loose ball.
The full time whistle sounded around The Walks Stadium as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils. Still, not a first league win for the Greenbacks but coming away to a side in the top six and coming from behind to draw is nothing to be sniffed at. With two home games coming up, one in the Birmingham Senior Cup against West Brom on Tuesday night and a return to league action on Saturday against Rushall Olympic, Storer’s side will be looking to build on the positives on display at Kings Lynn.
FULL TIME: Kings Lynn Town 1-1 Bedworth United

Updated 14:31 - 26 Nov 2018 by Russ Watkin

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