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Gresley 1 Kings Lynn Town 2

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

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JORDAN Yong struck in the final minute to steal all three points for high-flying Kings Lynn Town.

Marc Goodfellows’ second half goal had cancelled out Russell Dunkley’s 21st minute opener for Town. James Jepson came close for thr Moatmen in the latter stages while young keeper George Woodward excelled in between the sticks for the hosts.

But Woodward was unable to deny Yong in the 89th minute.

Gresley made several changes to the side that started against Halesowen the previous week. Woodward replaced the injured Gary Hateley while Michael Nottingham dropped down to the bench to make way for Ryan Walker.

Mickey Lyons came into midfield with Jamie Barrett slotting in at right back while the suspended Phil Massingham was replaced by Louis Hamilton.

Big-spending Town were soon stretching the home defence, forcing two early corners. From the second Phil Gulliver fired over the bar.

Some good play from Lyons down the right saw him slip the ball to Hamilton who in turn found Royce Turville but the striker’s shot also cleared the cross bar.

A slip from Dean Rathbone allowed Stephen Spriggs a chance and his shot forced the first of several excellent saves from Woodward.

Two minutes later Woodward again did well again when he got down to deny Spriggs.

A clever free-kick from Gresley saw Turville head the ball into the area to Marc Strzyzewski who was unlucky to see his header just clear the bar. Turville was inches away from giving his side the lead when a header from Barrett cleared the Town back-line and Turville raced through before firing a low shot that beat keeper Danny Gay but flew the wrong side of the far upright.

Gresley fell behind in somewhat unfortunate circumstances. A quick break down the right by the lively Spriggs ended with a shot that Woodward did well to palm away.

But big front man Russell Dunkley managed to bundle the ball into the net.

Town should have doubled their lead moments later. Danny White laid the ball off to Dunkley 12 yards out but the striker conspired to put his shot well wide.

Goodfellow then tested Gay with a low shot which the keeper did well to hold at the foot of his post as the first half came to a close.

Gresley looked determined to get back into the game in the second half brightly and were soon rewarded.

Barrett showed his bravery to fly into a tackle and was rewarded when the ball ricocheted to Goodfellow who made no mistake, lashing the ball past Gay.

It was no more than the home side deserved. But they had Woodward to thank again at the other end when an overhead kick by Shane Tolley looked destined for the top corner before being clawed out by Woodward.

James Jepson went close with a powerfully hit low free-kick which had Gay scrambling at his near post. Woodward again deserved the plaudits with a superb diving save to push substitute Daniel Beaumont’s shot away for a corner.

But just when it seemed Gresley had done enough to secure a share of the spoils a slip from Rathbone allowed Yong to fire in a vicious shot from the left which beat Woodward and found the far corner of the net.

SCORERS: Goodfellow 53 (Gresley); Dunkley 22, Yong 89 (Town).

GRESLEY: Woodward, Barrett (Nottingham 68), Gough, Strzyzewski, Walker, Rathbone, Lyons (Hanslow 73), Jepson, Hamilton, Turville, Goodfellow (Nadat 66). Subs not used: Woods, Holmes.

TOWN: Gay, Watson (Butt 62), Yong, Lee, Gulliver, Thompson, Spriggs, Quigley, Dunkley, Tolley, White (Beaumont 75). Subs not used: Fryatt, Biles, Stocker.

YELLOW CARDS: Strzyzewski (Gresley); Yong, Quigley (Town).

GRESLEY STAR MAN: George Woodward – made some terrific saves to keep his side in the game.

REFEREE: Paul Hobday (Tipton).

ATTENDANCE: 346.

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