King’s Lynn Town stand this morning ninety minutes away from the first round proper of the FA Cup following victory at Leek Town on Saturday. Two second half strikes within fifteen minutes of the re start from Sonny Carey and Jordan Richards secured the Linnets passage to the fourth qualifying round and £11, 250 in prize money but as assistant manager Paul Bastock revealed after the game it hadn’t been an afternoon of all plain sailing for the Norfolk outfit.
‘ The gaffer ( Ian Culverhouse) used his hairdryer at the break ‘ said a grinning Bastock. ‘ We wasn’t good enough in the first forty five minutes and he reminded the lads of that. We changed a few things and spoke about what we had to do and then you saw the results of that. We went out and got the job done which means we now have a happy chairman and a happy set of supporters. We wasn’t at our best today and the lads are in the changing room now disappointed with their performances. However we are through to the next round , complete with a clean sheet, which I’m very pleased with and that’s all that matters’.
After Ross Barrow’s early angled drive had been parried to safety by Danny Roberts the hosts, top of the level four Northern Premier, South Eastern Division , enjoyed a purple patch and could have been ahead as Will Reeves charged down Alex Street’s attempted long clearance with the ball bouncing just over the Linnets keeper’s bar. Street then redeemed himself with a fine stop to deny James Kirby from close range with the home striker almost profiting from hesitancy in the visitors defence. Despite all of the pressure Michael Gash almost gave Lynn the lead as his free kick cannoned away from the post with Roberts well beaten midway through the half.
The visitors began the second spell in a more confident mood and that confidence grew further with only three minutes of the half played when Carey lashed home a twenty yard drive that Roberts could only fingertip into his net. Adam Marriott set up Gash whose shot ended well wide of the target and it came as no real surprise when the second goal of the afternoon arrived just short of the hour. Carey had seen another drive pushed away by Roberts for a corner. From the resulting flag kick Richards reacted first to a loose ball, hooking into the net to double his side’s advantage and also break the resolve of the hard working home team at Town saw out the last third of the game without further alarm.
The big hitters of the National League join the fray for the first time today with the possibility of the Linnets entertaining the likes of Notts County , Barnet or renowned cup fighters Yeovil Town – a fact not lost on Bastock. ‘ A home draw would really be good for the club. Personally a smaller team at ours would do me just fine – at least we’re in there for the draw’ he concluded.
Leek Town: Roberts, Goode, Keenan, Walford ( Law), Harrison, Chadwick, Baker, Reeves, Kirby, Short (Twyford), Stevenson. Unused subs: Bott, Bavanganga, Stanton, Walker.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fox ( Jones), Richards, Smith McAuley, Carey ( Stewart) Payne, Gash, Marriott, Kelly. Unused subs: Henderson, Bastock (GK)
Goals : Carey 48, Richards 57.
Referee : Mr Robert Massey – Ellis Attendance:790.