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Stourbridge 0 King's Lynn 5
29th September 2007
THE Linnets comfortably notched their biggest away win in the FA Cup for more than 25 years on Saturday when they beat Stourbridge 5-0 in the second qualifying round.
The result of the game was never in doubt as, after being held for the first 30 minutes, Lynn surged through.
The highlight was the third goal in the 63rd minute when Craig Fleming, seeing the keeper off his line, converted an outrageous free-kick from near the halfway line.
Boss Keith Webb said: "It was very even-Steven for the first 25 minutes, but once we scored I couldn't see them coming back other than from a long throw or a set-piece.
"The second goal killed them off a bit, and the third we needed at that particular time. Craig Fleming's goal came just after I was going to give him a mouthful.
"I could see it in his eyes that he saw the keeper off his line, and I was thinking that he's taking the mickey.
"I was just about to scream when the ball was halfway there, and I thought I better keep my mouth shut!
"It was a fantastic goal, and one that people should be talking about.
"I felt sorry for Danny Bloomfield, who had worked hard and set up a couple of goals, for going off, but the subs scoring justified that."
On the team effort, he added: "There's been a good atmosphere in the dressing-room for three to four weeks. Myself and Lee Glover are feeding off that. It's a pleasure to go into work."
The Walks outfit got plenty of balls out to the wings for the first half-hour, but the final ball was poor. Dean West hit the top of the bar with a cross/shot.
The Glassboys threatened in a few dead-ball situations, Leon Broadhurst having a couple of chances go by the post.
Ben Chapman opened both his Linnets account and the scoring with a solo effort, picking the ball up just outside his own penalty area, playing a one-two with Danny Bloomfield before slotting past keeper Lewis Solly.
Danny Bloomfield had a hand in the next goal, receiving the ball from Michael Frew, getting to the byline and presenting Matt Nolan with a simple side-foot home.
Home dangerman Mark Bellingham had a chance flash by the Lynn goal, otherwise Scott Howie was untroubled.
Joe Francis, Frew and Nolan all should have done better after the break with good opportunities before Fleming's audacious effort sealed the tie, and his second goal in just his second Lynn game.
Assistant boss Glover (the incident pictured left) got a stern talking-to from the referee when he protested on the pitch about a foul on Francis.
Lynn's subs got in on the act, as the home defence fluffed a clearance from a Frew cross and Jack Defty calmly placed the ball in the net.
Then John Turner poached a goal on the line from Frew, who had been set up by Andrew Fisk.
Lynn last won 5-0 in the FA Cup at Bury St Edmunds in 1981. Jack Defty has now netted in 50 different Lynn games – Lynn never losing one, and winning 48.
Stourbridge: Solly, Bastable, Collins (Jones 85), Brookes, Mahon (Russell 60), Bennett, Slater, Broadhurst, Rock, Bellingham, Rogers (Wells 70). Subs not used: Hadley, Evans.
Lynn
: Howie, West, Chapman, C. Defty, Fleming, Camm, Frew, Fisk, Nolan (J. Defty 75), Bloomfield (Turner 70), Francis (Lake 61). Not used: Crane, Murray. Goals: Chapman 32, Nolan 43, Fleming 63, J. Defty 76, Turner 86.
Referee: Martin Dexter (Leicester). Att: 315.
Stats: Lynn first: Shots on target 7, 0; off target 2, 5; corners 9, 5; offside 0, 4; free-kicks 13, 15.
MoM: Danny Bloomfield.
Report by permission of the Lynn News