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King's Lynn 1 Hinckley Utd 1
26th August 2008
DRAW-SPECIALISTS Lynn made it five points on the bounce as they came from behind to share the Bank Holiday spoils with Hinckley at The Walks.
A second-half penalty from Danny Bloomfield cancelled out Gez Murphy's first-half strike for the visitors in front of a healthy crowd of 1,326.
The finger-tips of MacKenzie denied Fisk in the 80th minute with the Hinckley keeper turning a scuffed shot from the midfielder around his left post after an initial effort from Francis had rebounded into his path.
Two minutes later Hinckley were reduced to ten men when Gooding was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon for diving in the box.
A moment of brilliance from Frew almost led to a dramatic winner for Lynn, while at the other end there was still time for Scott Howie to pull off a point-blank save to deny visiting substitute Webster.
The Linnets had made a crisp start with some good, linked-up play between Michael Frew and Danny Bloomfield down the right, forcing the visitors on to the backfoot.
A quick burst of pace from Joe Francis almost carved out an opening for jack Defty in the 13th minute but the wide man's final ball left Defty with too much to do and Hinckley cleared the danger.
Three minutes later Charlie Defty pounced on an error by Leigh Platnauer and crossed for his brother Jack to head over.
In the 25th minute Francis and Bloomfield exchanged passes and another surging run from the youngster resulted in Francis' drive just flashing wide of the target.
Three minutes later Hinckley's Andy Gooding became the first player to be booked for a late challenge on Frew and the resulting free-kick from Bridgwater was just wide of MacKenzie's left post.
Hinckley offered very little in the final third of the field, but took the lead with their only attack of the half in the 37th minute when Lloyd's centre was stabbed home by Gez Murphy from three yards out.
Six minutes after the restart Lynn were awarded a penalty when a long ball from Charlie Defty picked out Mark Camm in the box and the midfielder was bundled over before Bloomfield stepped up to convert the spot-kick.
Buoyed by their equaliser, The walks outfit tried to push on for the elusive first victory.
Another penetrating run from Francis opened up the visitors and the waiting Bloomfield was denied a second by a last-ditch tackle at the near post.
Lynn's first change saw Joachim replace Jack Defty and the former Premiership player was employed out wide on the right, with Frew joining Bloomfield down the middle.
A rare Hinckley attack almost led to the Knitters regaining the advantage through Lloyd but the back-tracking Camm spared Lynn's blushes with a clearance at the far post.
Linnets boss Keith Webb made two enforced changes from the starting line-up at Alfreton on Saturday.
Midfielder David Bridgwater came in for Ben Sedgemore, who failed a late fitness test before the game, while Danny Bloomfield replaced Julian Joachim up front.
Joachim, suffering with a slight strain, took his place on the bench alongside Steve Melton, Andrew Fisk, Rob Murray and the fit-again Simon Weaver, who recovered from a head wound suffered against Redditch.
LYNN: Scott Howie; Charlie Defty, Ben Chapman, Mark Peters, Greg Crane, Mark Camm, Michael Frew, David Bridgwater (Fisk 67), Jack Defty (Joachim 61), Danny Bloomfield, Joe Francis. Subs: Julian Joachim, Steve Melton, Simon Weaver, Andrew Fisk, Rob Murray.
HINCKLEY: Chris MacKenzie; Tom Bonner, Connor Franklin, Richard Lavery, Leigh Platnauer, Tom Birch, Andy Hall, Andy Gooding, Gez Murphy (Webster, 76), Alex Taylor, Callum Lloyd. Subs: Gary McPhee, Lee Chilton, Aaron Butcher, Adam Webster.
Attendance: 1,326.
Report by permission of the Lynn News