Sub Matt Nolan got the winner on Tuesday deep
into injury time to rescue the Linnets from
another poor performance against their
lower-ranked Suffolk rivals.
Earlier Danny Bloomfield scored before AFC
Sudbury levelled in the first half of a
Lynn boss Keith Webb said: "The performance
wasn't the best. We didn't retain the ball well
"It was important to get through, that was the
main thing. There'll be plenty of better teams
who'll fall foul of a lower team in this cup.
"We've been playing well up until the Halesowen
"We're going through a dodgy spell. As long as
the players remain honest, we'll get through
Lynn took the lead on six minutes when a John
Turner effort could only be blocked by keeper
Nathan Munson and Bloomfield slotted in the
rebound from six yards.
Michael Frew cut in and had a shot saved. But on
24 minutes James Rowe beat Dean West twice on
the wing and crossed for skipper David Head to
head home. West crossed for Turner's header to
skim the bar on 35 minutes.
In the second half AFC controlled the game as
the home midfield went missing. Bloomfield
vented his frustration at the lack of support
and big gap behind him.
A good ball from Mark Heath-Preston found Frew,
whose lob just looped over, then Frew's header
was cleared from near the line by Matty Stace.
If Sudbury had shown just a touch more ambition,
they could have won the game.
In fact, they almost did in the dying seconds.
Scott Howie was penalised for picking up a back
The visitors thus had a free-kick about ten
yards out. With defenders crowded on the
goal line, Howie made amends with a superb parry
from Rowe's fierce strike.
The Walks outfit went up the other end, the ball
was never really cleared, and four minutes into
injury time Nolan headed home a Ben Chapman
cross past a stranded Munson to put a relieved
Lynn into the next round to host Billericay.
The low crowd of 571 was spared another half
hour and possible penalties – the majority who
stayed away had made a good choice.
Lynn have won two out of three meetings with
Billericay, who they last faced in the FA Trophy
in 2003-04, Lynn winning 2-0 before going out to
Lynn: Howie, West, Chapman, Fleming, Crane,
Camm, Frew, Fisk (C. Defty 84), Turner (Nolan
63), Bloomfield (Heath-Preston 73), Francis.
Subs not used: Murray, Lake. Booked: Fisk.
AFC: Munson, Driver (S. Head 44), Wardley, P.
Smith, Girling, Stace, Heath, D. Head, Bacon,
Rowe, Hammond. Not used: Tracey, Rayner, Batell,
Att: 571. Referee: S. Feerick (Peterborough).
Stats, Lynn first – first half: Shots on target
4, 2; off target 2, 0; corners 2, 1; offside 2,
2; free-kicks 5, 10. Second half: Shots on
target 2, 1; off target 3, 2; corners 1, 0;
offside 1, 5; free-kicks 5, 10.