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King's Lynn 2 Ilkeston Town 0
19th December 2000
JAMIE March notched his first Linnets goal as they knocked Ilkeston out of the League Cup at this stage for the second successive season.
They deserved to win the first of two visits by the Derbyshire side in a week, and with better use of many penetrating crosses into the visitors' box Lynn would have scored more.
"It was a great goal from Jamie, I thought he mishit it," said caretaker manager Tony Spearing. "He's come back from a serious injury. He's still not quite right, but he's a bighearted player."
Ilkeston arrived just 20 minutes before the start and fielded former Coventry midfielder Paul Williams, but he and they failed to make an impression.
Two heavy defeats and a night of constant drizzle resulted in Linnets' lowest Walks crowd for two years since 221 watched the League Cup first round, second leg win over Boston.
"The boys played very well and I'm delighted with them," added Spearing. "We should have wrapped it up in the first 15 minutes. It keeps our interest in the cup and gets us back to winning ways.
"I thought we started very well and after that they didn't give us any problems." With Tommy Wright's crosses causing the Robins problems, Linnets had many half-chances in the first ten minutes. Jon Palmer blazed over, while Wright did not connect properly with a volley.
Lynn had their best first half chance five minutes from the break.
Lyndon Rowland beat two defenders. and his effort was deflected into the path of Adie Hayes, who poked the ball against the base of the post.
Ilkeston's best opportunity was set up by a brilliant break on the right of the box by Andy Kiwomya, but Andy Todd ballooned wide.
March opened the scoring in the 51st minute, cutting inside a defender and blasting into the net from the edge of the box.
Five minutes later the prolific Palmer made it his seventh goal in six games when he was sent free on the left of the area by Lee Gibson and fired past keeper James Baker.
Lynn keeper Chuck Martini missed a Mark Clifford freekick, but Craig Clark was on hand to clear the danger.
Lynn: Martini, Dakin (McNeil 81), Clark (Spearing 74), Robinson, Fuff, March, Gibson, Hayes (Anderson 81), Palmer, Rowland, Wright.
Ilkeston: J. Baker, J. Whitehead, J. Eaton, P. Cox, P.Challinor, P. Williams, M. Clifford, M. McKenzie, A. Todd (A. Foster 70), A. Kiwomya, P. Eshelby (D. Poppleton 82). Sub not used: C. Timons.
Att: 268.
FACT fileShots on
Shots off
Free kicks
Ilkeston 372214 Poppleton (90, foul)
Lynn News Man of the Match - Jamie March Report by permission of the Lynn News