Wroxham 0 King's Lynn 2
11th October 2008
LINNETS striker Jack Defty settled this all-Norfolk cup affair with a second half double before dedicating the win to the late Maurice Ebbs.
The long-serving Mr Ebbs, a popular figure in the West Norfolk sporting community, sadly passed away on the eve of the cup tie after supporting and voluntarily serving the club in a number of roles for more than 60 years of his life.
A minute's silence was impeccably observed by both sets of fans at Trafford Park, while Linnets players wore black arm bands in memory of the man who lived and breathed for his family and the football club.
Defty said: "It's a very sad loss as a lot of the players, especially myself, knew Maurice very well.
"He was always very supportive towards me and it was nice to get this win for him."
On Lynn's progress to the next stage, Defty said: "It probably wasn't our best performance of the season, but the main thing was getting into the next round.
"It was nice to get another couple of goals and I feel my all-round game is very good at the moment.
"Joe (Francis) and Michael (Frew) whipped some very good crosses into the box and we said at half-time that we needed to attack them more and that's exactly what I did for my first goal.
"My second goal came after some good hold up play from Danny (Bloomfield)."
Linnets' boss Keith Webb said: "We went about it in an efficient manner and did a very professional job.
"Apart from causing us problems at one or two set pieces, Wroxham only had one opportunity in open play.
"I thought both Scott (Mitchell) and Adam (Smith) in the middle of the park were magnificent while Wroxham just couldn't cope with Jack Defty, who is in the form of his life at present."
The outcome of this tie was never in doubt once Defty had headed Lynn in front early in the second half, but Lynn didn't have matters all their own way in the first 45 minutes.
A robust Wroxham outfit, who refused to take any prisoners, caused Lynn one or two anxious moments in the early stages of the game.
Home midfielder Andy Key saw his effort only half-saved by Scott Howie, while Wroxham player-boss Damian Hilton glanced a header into the arms of the Linnets keeper.
At the other end, Defty dragged a shot wide of the target in the 15th minute and ex-Linnet Duncan McAnally was at full stretch to keep out a Joe Francis free-kick.
A low scissor kick from Simon Weaver was inches wide, while Michael Frew was denied by a last-gasp tackle in the box by Shaun Howes.
Towards the end of the half McAnally was only shown a yellow card for handling outside his area, much to the disgust of the large band of travelling supporters, as Lynn began to assume control.
The breakthrough eventually came in the 55th minute when a Francis corner on the right was powered home by the head of Defty.
Defty wrapped up the tie 15 minutes later when he held off his marker to fire home after some unselfish play by Danny Bloomfield.
The Linnets striker wasted two late chances to complete his hat-trick, but by then the damage and Lynn's place in the fourth qualifying round had already been confirmed.
: McAnally, Self, Howes, Challen, Halliday, Key, White, Lemmon (Harley 86), Hilton, Notman (Cook 71), Gilmore. Subs: Gavin Crane, Wines, Fulcher, Jackson.
Bookings: Lemmon, McAnally, Hilton, Gilmore.
: Howie, Weaver (Kelly 77), C. Defty, Peters, Greg Crane, Smith, Frew, Mitchell, J. Defty, Bloomfield (Joachim 83), Francis (Turner 72). Subs: Sedgemore, Fisk, Murray. Bookings: J. Defty, C. Defty.
Goals: J. Defty (55, 68).
: N. Hair (Peterborough). Attendance
: 1,022. MoM
: Adam Smith.
: Lynn first: shots on target 6, 2; off target 6, 4; corners 6, 2; offside 3, 3; free-kicks conceded 15, 23.