King’s Lynn Town maintained their unbeaten start to the season against Alfreton Town and, thanks to a last minute goal from Ben Stephens, managed to claim all three points,
but for the second successive match they failed to maintain a deserved lead.
Lynn’s starting line-up was unchanged from the Chester draw with just a bench change seeing Ollie Scott back from injury and replacing Tai Fleming.
Alfreton went into the game with three players equally sharing 9 of their 12 goals this season but only Bailey Hobson started with Tom Denton on the bench and ex-Linnet Dayle Southwell not in the squad.
The Reds had the experienced Matt Rhead up front and the 38 year old made his physical presence felt. The visitors started on the front foot; long throws from Adam Lund and set pieces seemingly their attacking threat. It was a Conor Branson free kick on nine minutes from distance that gave the Reds an early chance but it took a deflection just past Paul Jones’s right post.
Lynn’s first real attack on 11 minutes produced a goal - Stephens’ fine cross finding the head of Gold Omotayo who headed home from six yards.
Rhead picked up a booking for an aerial challenge on Adam Crowther as Alfreton continued to show the uglier side of the game.
The hosts came close to adding to their lead a minute before the break with Aaron Jones’ cross finding Jordan Ponticelli but the bounce deceived him and he blasted over.
Lynn were not to be denied and in the following minute Stephens got on the end of a long ball to slot past George Willis for his first goal for the club.
Omotaya had the ball in the net soon after the restart but the goal was ruled offside but the visitors had more success on 53 minutes when Hobson struck from 20 yards from a Matt Rhead flick-back for his fourth goal of the season.
Paul Jones produced a stunning save to keep out Fraser Preston’s free-kick from 25 yards but from the resulting corner Crowther headed into his own net under pressure from Dominic Smith to level the scores.
Alfreton won a flurry of corners and Jones did well to deny Smith from close range.
Lynn replied with Omotato’s shot needing a goal line clearance from George Cantrill and Cameron Hargreaves forced Willis to save while at the other end a Hobson shot took a wicked deflection but Jones managed to save.
Sometimes it seems fortune favours an in-form team and so it proved on 89 minutes when Olly Scott’s low cross found Stephens for a goal-poaches finish.
Lynn: P.Jones, A.Jones, Denton, Crowther, Coulson, Widdrington, Hargreaves, Clunan, Stephens (Charles 90+1), Omotayo, Ponticelli (Scott 75). Subs: Barrett, Walker, Scott, Charles, Keller. Booked: Omotayo. Scorers: Omotayo 11, Stephens 45, 89
Alfreton: Willis, Cantrill, Hilder, Lund, Smith, Wiley, Preston, Branson, Rhead (Denton 72), Preston, Hobson. Subs: Ward, Whitham, Njie, Butterfield, Denton. Booked: Rhead, Cantrill, Preston. Scorers: Hobson 53, Crowther (own goal) 59