Kendal 0 King's Lynn 1
3rd October 2009
THE Linnets ended the Cumbrians' unbeaten home record with a justified three points.
Linnets boss Heggs was forced to make changes to his line up for Lynn's longest trip of the campaign.
Out from the home defeat by Nantwich, were Heggs himself and Anthony Robinson, both suspended for one and two games respectively.
Owen Story was dropped to the bench as Lewis Webb and Jay Smedley came in for what was a more defensive line up.
Danny Spencer partnered Peterborough loanee, Kwesi Appiah up front.
In the first half Lynn had the advantage of the not inconsiderable slope at the Parkside Road ground.
To their disadvantage was the fact that they were playing into the teeth of the gale force wind blowing in Lakeland at the time of kick off, together with heavy squalls of rain interspersed with bright sunshine.
Early play was confined to the midfield sparing, as the two sides felt each other out.
For Lynn Danny Gay was called upon early into the action as he left his line to palm away a dangerous cross from Kendal full back Walmsley who had made a good break down the Cumbrians right flank, with Kendal danger man Alex Taylor ready to pounce on any error.
Lynn went onto the attack with Appiah and Spencer having chances which were comfortably dealt with by Newnes in the home goal.
The best goal scoring opportunity of the opening period went to Kendal following a free-kick from set-piece expert Kieran Walmsley.
His fiercely-struck drive was heading for the top corner before Lynn custodian, Danny Gay with a stupendous leap just reached the ball with his finger tips to push it onto the post and away to safety.
On 36 minutes Heggs, controlling operations from the stand, made a substitution, bringing on Owen Story for Jay Smedley.
Half-time arrived with the scoresheet blank and looking likely to remain so for what in truth had been pretty dull fare for the meagre crowd as neither side could master the conditions and the lush Cumberland turf which slowed up ground passes to a degree.
Lynn, now with the wind, which had moderated somewhat, at their backs, but kicking uphill, started the second half brightly and Kwesi Appiah wasted a good chance when he shot wide when well placed.
Lynn took the lead just six minutes into the second period with a simple goal from Owen Story, who found room between two static Cumbrian defenders and stooped to head a low cross from the left into the net past the scrambling Newnes who couldn't reach the ball before it crossed the line.
Stung by this reverse, Kendal, who had never looked like a side second in a league table, attempted to raise their game as they tried to maintain that unbeaten home record.
Taylor burst through only to put his shot well wide.
Kendal's manager was then dismissed for abusive comment about the referee and after standing on the grassy bank under the covered standing was then asked to remove himself from the scene of activity completely.
Kendal had a further chance to square the game but Danny Wisdom, cutting in from the wing fired his powerful shot straight into Gay's midriff.
As the game neared its end, Kwesi Appiah, racing on to a through ball, wasted a glorious chance to make the points safe as he blasted over the cross bar with Newnes helpless in the home goal.
: Newnes, Walmsley, Melling, Hallam, Standley (Mulvaney 76), Warburton, Foster (Osman 53), Salmon, Taylor, Beattie, Wisdom. Subs (not used): Jacobs, Redhead, Wane. Bookings: Walmsley, Melling.
: Gay, Aisien, Rowe-Turner, Palmer, Boyce, Webb, Smedley (Story 37), Magunda, Appiah (Smith 85), Spencer, Beswick. Subs (not used): Rose, McAnally.
Bookings: Boyce, Magunda, Spencer. Goal: Story (57).
: J. Corkhill (Cumbria).Attendance
: Andy Boyce.