King's Lynn 1 Telford 1
3rd January 2009
Defender Luke Graham rescued a late Blue Square North point for the Linnets against title chasing AFC Telford at The Walks.
The on-loan defender bundled home four minutes from time after a deflected effort from Andy Brown had given AFC Telford an undeserved lead six minutes earlier.
It was Graham's second strike of the week and the fourth of a successful loan stint at the club, which ended after Saturday's game.
Lynn were yesterday still trying to extend Graham's stay at the club and Linnets boss Keith Webb said: "Luke is a good player and it's now down to him whether he wants to stay here."
On Saturday's game, Webb said: "I don't think the team played any worse than they did for the majority of the game against Gainsborough.
"Everyone was down in the dumps after Gainsborough because of the two goal we conceded but today everyone is buzzing and quite rightly so after our equaliser."
Webb added: "People said to me why are Telford third in the table after we had competed so well, but the reason is that they have that consistency.
"Telford are the benchmark we've got to match if we want to go places at this level.
"We are capable of competing with any side in the league and have shown that against the better teams this season.
"You did start to think it wasn't going to be our day after the run we've been on, but all credit to my players for showing the character they did to come back.
|"I though it was a good game, even if it was short of goalmouth action."
Lynn were, for once, good value for their point, with Bucks' goalkeeper Ryan Young standing between them and their first Blue Square North success for more than two months.
Young made three spectacular saves to keep his side in the game as The Walks outfit bossed a niggly clash for long periods of the game.
The first shot in anger saw home goalkeeper Scott Howie confidently pouch Danny Carey-Bertram's fierce strike midway through the half.
Young denied Joachim with a stunning save from Adam Smith's teasing free-kick three minutes before the interval.
Lynn upped the tempo after the interval with Young acrobatically foiling Lynn again in the 61st minute with a flying one-handed save from Jack Defty.
Joachim's ambitious strike flew wide as Lynn pushed Telford onto the back foot,
Young raced out to block ex-Premiership hitman Joachim with his legs as the Linnets continued to dictate.
Carl Rodger's back post header grazed Brown, who was guilty of missing a sitter from six yards only a few minutes earlier, to put the visitors in front on 80 minutes.
But there was still time for another twist when Graham drew Lynn level by firing home John Turner's cut-back from point blank range in the final few minutes.
|Lynn: Howie, Graham, Camm, Thomas, Crane, Smith, Fisk, Mitchell (Turner 68), Frew, Joachim, Francis (Defty 10). Subs not used: Weaver, Peters, Murray. Booking: Smith. Goal: Graham (86).
AFC Telford: Young, Turner, Meredith, Cowan, Khela (Naylor 72), Blakeman, Adams (Edwards 59), Vermiglio, Carey-Bertram, Brown, Moore (Rodgers 59). Sub (not used): Fearns
Bookings: Carey-Bertram, Turner. Goal: Brown (80).
Referee: R. Atkin (Scunthorpe). Attendance: 932. MoM: Scott Mitchell.