King's Lynn 4 Quorn 1
SATURDAY'S convincing win over minnows Quorn was a further sign that the Linnets' young squad is beginning to gel.
The tie should have been decided by the hour mark, but a combination of bad luck and inspired goalkeeping kept the result in doubt until two late Lynn goals.
Striker Lee Stephenson with a brace again showed that he could be the answer to Lynn's goal scoring problems with his third goal in two games.
The reward is £7,500 and a plum home derby draw With A10. rivals Cambridge City on Saturday, September 28.
Lynn chairman Colin Nichols said: "It's an excellent draw with a bit of local interest. It's good to be at home, and it's one we're capable of winning."
Right from the start The Walks outfit created chances, Paul Watts shooting into keeper Dave Sharpe's arms after Paul Raynor had an effort deflected.
Right from the start, The Walks outfit created chances, Paul Watts shooting into keeper Dave Sharpe's arms after Paul Raynor had an effort` deflected.
The visitors best first-half chance was in the tenth minute when Luke Varley ghosted past two defenders, but keeper Dean Greygoose denied him with his knee.
However after 22 minutes Stephenson
got the ball rolling: he slotted low into the net a delightful ball over the top from defence by young Nicky Blake.
The Linnets had a flurry of corners late in the opening half, but could not get that crucial second goal.
The interval did not break Lynn's dominance, Paul Watts being particularly unlucky as two goal bound looking efforts were somehow tipped over.
At last the unmarked Stephenson
doubled the lead on the hour, heading home a fine cross by Watts.
More heroics by the sharp Sharpe denied David Staff following a good corner routine, before Quorn earned a disputed free-kick midway through the second Half.
Greygoose could only watch as Karl Noble
dispatched it into the top corner.
Noble then hit the outside of the post, but Lynn came back from this sticky patch.
Stephenson was denied a hat-trick three times before a lovely move made it safe on 84 minutes.
A quick throw from Greygoose found sub Chris Bacon. He fed Blake, who became the provider for the second time. Staff
drilled his early ball into the far corner to leave Sharpe with no chance.
With a minute left the away defence stood like statues waiting for an offside flag that never came, which left Bacon
to coolly slide the ball past the keeper to perfectly round off Lynn's day.
: Greygoose, Staff, Blake, Gowshall, Fuff, Cowling (Weston 34) , Anderson, Raynor, Watts (Bacon 71), Stephenson, Holmes (Ortega 86). Subs not used: Redhead, Nobes.
: D. Sharpe, R. Featherby (J. Folwell 61), K. Brookes, D. Sargeant (A. Beazley 55), M. Smith, R. Nurse, D. Keast, L. Varle , K. Noble, S. White (S. Smith.86), C. Noble. Not used: R. Burford.
Lynn News Man of the Match
|Shots on |
|Shots off |
Watts (27, elbow)
||Nurse (5 high tackle)
White (26, foul)
- David Staff