FA TROPHY 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
King's Lynn Town 0-1 Mildenhall Town
The Linnets fell at the first hurdle of this seasons FA Trophy as they put in an under par performance against lower League Mildenhall Town.
Ian Culverhouse made three changes from his side that defeated Bishop Stortford on Tuesday night, Sam Gaughran was replaced by Tom Ward, Simon Lappin came in for Craig Parker and Tommy Rix was handed his full first team debut at the expense of Alex Street, The fit again Leon Mettam was named amongst the Linnets subs.
And it was home keeper Rix that took the plaudits in the opening 45 minutes, 3 superb saves kept the game deadlocked at the break as Lynn couldn't break down a Mildenhall side that came with a game plan to give the home side plenty of the ball and try and frustrate the home side into a mistake.
Rix was called upon early to make a superb double save on 14 minutes, Getting down low to parry away a stinging Jacob Brown effort from the edge of the box before reacting quickly to Danny Crow with his feet who had got on the end of the rebound from Rix's first save.
Rix was called into action again just minutes later, It was yet another superb save to yet again deny Jacob Brown tipping his curling shot onto the base of the post.
The home side did manage to create one good chance before the break, Michael Gash teeing up Ryan Hawkins who could only fire high and wife of the target.
Lynn started the second half on the front foot, Hawkins again going close before visiting keeper Sam Roach was called into action to make a fine point blank save from a Ton Ward header the big centre half latching onto a Simon Lappin corner.
The deadlock was finally broken on 59 minutes, Dan Brown managed to wriggle from the clutches of Ward before slamming the ball past the advanced Rix much to the delight of the small contingent of traveling away fans behind the goal.
The closest Lynn came to an equaliser was deep into injury time when Gash headed a Blake-Tracy cross over the bar when well placed in the box.
Manager Ian Culverhouse spoke after the game and had this to say, "I would like to congratulate Mildenhall, They've come here today with a plan and really done a job on us, They've restricted us to one effort on target all game, Today they wanted it more than us and the better side have one.
"Plain and simple we've lost to a team that wanted it more than us today, We played at 70% and we can't play at 70%, Loosing today has left us with one goal for the season now.
"We where sloppy in our play, to lethargic, to pedestrian and we didn't create enough in front of goal, And our goalkeeper has made 2 fantastic saves in the first half and kept us in the game so really the score could of been much worse.
Photo - Tim Smith.