Stratford Town pick up hard-earned point at King's Lynn
STRATFORD Town came away from the Walks Stadium with their first ever point after four league visits as they put in a battling performance in a generally untidy game in which neither keeper had a serious save to make, writes Bryan Hale.
The Town starting line-up included Richard Walton in goal after his penalty shoot-out heroics against Coventry City, plus Guillaume Taty and Ross Oulton, which meant that Jimmy Fry and Will Grocott could only make the substitutes bench, with Jamie McAteer taking over the captain’s armband.
The Linnets started brightly without really threatening Stratford’s goal, and the most significant action of the first quarter of an hour was an early yellow card for Guillaume Taty following a heavy challenge on Ryan Hawkins.
The Frenchman then committed a further couple of fouls in quick succession, leading to his withdrawal in the 25th minute with Fry coming on instead.
Linnets skipper Mike Clunan should have done better on the half-hour mark as he latched onto a long pass from Rory McAuley, but his lob over Walton drifted well wide while at the other end Mike Taylor and Wilson Carvalho both went close from distance as the interval was reached with the afternoon still goalless.
Stratford had a lucky escape in the opening minutes of the second half when Jordan Williams sliced a clearance from Aaron Jones’ cross over his own bar.
The tricky Chris Henderson fired narrowly over after running from halfway and Adam Marriott was also not fat away from 20 yards out, but all too often the Linnets were let down by their final pass and Marriott summed it up by blazing their best chance wastefully wide from 12 yards out with five minutes left.
But Stratford kept going to the end for what was ultimately a well deserved point.