King's Lynn 1 Bromsgrove Rovers 0
15th November 1997
The club's biggest cup game for 27 years saw Lee Hudson's fifth FA Cup goal of the season earn passage to the second round for only the seventh time in Lynn's history.
Hudson's goal was all the difference between the teams but it marked a significant milestone.
As well as his tenth strike of the season, it was also the 100th of his partnership with Brett McNamara since the pair were united by Peter Morris two years ago.
An often dour game had little goalmouth incident although McNamara went close several times in the opening stages while James Hollman, on his FA Cup debut, pulled off several fine saves.
The goal came after 27 minutes when keeper Richard Anstiss failed to hold a twenty yard shot from Martin Matthews. Hudson bustled through to win the ball and a goal seemed inevitable as it broke to Steve Williams in front of a yawning goal.
He somehow managed to hit the post but, thankfully for the home fans, Hudson
was on hand to net.
Fortune definitely shone on the Linnets with six minutes to go when an equaliser looked inevitable.
Mark Whitehouse latched on to a through ball and skipped past the Lynn defence with only Hollman to beat.
Incredibly the referee brought play back to the halfway line for a free kick to the visitors.
Manager Morris has switched Matthew Wright back into the centre of defence, alongside Spearing and Ellis with Craig Hopkins coming in at right wing back.
Despite these changes, Lynn looked solid despite suffering bookings to Spearing and Williams in the opening 14 minutes.
McNamara twice tried speculative shots from wide out to test Anstis while Chris Smith's shot brought a smart save from Hollman after 15 minutes.
The goal heralded a quiet period, only broken by Sean Davies heading out from under the bar when Williams headed Matthews' corner across the face of goal.
Hollman calmly plucked Whitehouse's 15-yard effort out of the air on the stroke of half-time and the keeper had to be alert after the break as the visitors pushed forward in search of goal.
Lynn relied on the counter attack with Jason Darkes and Jimmy Skelding clearing from the danger area when a second goal threatened.
Robin Elmes wasted a glorious chance when he headed high and wide when unmarked and, following the Whitehouse let off, substitute Andy Mainwaring pulled a stunning point blank save from Hollman before blazing a last minute chance over the bar from a tight angle.
: Hollman, Matthews, Skelly, Ellis, Wright, Spearing, Hopkins,
Williams, Roberts, McNamara , Hudson. Subs (not used) Mead, Delicata, Stock, Lewis, Read
: Anstiss, Davies, Darkes, Skelding, Grocutt, Payne (Mainwaring 61) Softley (Simpson 79), Elmes, Whitehouse, Smith, Gardner.
Subs (not used) Hickman, Peters, Moran.
|Shots on |
|Shots off |
||Williams (encroaching 8)
Spearing (foul 14)
|| Elmes (foul, 40)