King’s Lynn Town FC knocked out of FA Cup by freak Barwell goal

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FA Cup Third Qualifying Round

Barwell 1 King’s Lynn Tn 0

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Keeper Alex Street’s late error cost Lynn a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Street’s clearance hit Kern Miller and looped to Jamie Towers to head home in the 76th minute.

In a scrappy game, Lynn created the better chances but lacked that killer instinct in the final third of the field.

King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell thought recent signing Lee Smith was the best player on the pitch. Lynn gave a debut to Smith at right back with Matt Castellan being cup tied.

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Smith was soon switched to the left as Lynn lost Conor Marshall with a knee injury on 15 minutes.

Lynn’s best effort of a half with few clear-cut chances came just before half-time when Michael Clunan’s free-kick found the head of Ryan Fryatt but his flick went just wide.

The opening of the second half saw Lynn apply pressure and their best chance of the game came just after the hour when consecutive corners ended with Ryan Fryatt’s header being cleared off the line.

Barwell came more into the game and fortune smiled on them on 76 minutes.

Although Lynn had the endeavour to find the equaliser they didn’t have the cutting edge or luck with their best chance coming from another Clunan corner but Kern Miller headed over.

To add to Lynn’s problems, Clunan picked up his fifth booking of the season and will miss the Southern League Premier Division trip to Weymouth in two weeks’ time.

Barwell: Castle, Lower (Wakeling 32, Julien 63), Nisevic, Kay, D Towers, Lavery, Tomkinson, Woodward, J Towers (Brennan 84), Hickey, Carney. Subs not used: Gaunt, Opoku, Christie, Hadland.

Booked: Woodward, Brennan, Julien.

Scorer: J. Towers 76.

Lynn: Street, Smith, Marshall (L. Fryatt 15), Miller, Fryatt, Bridges, Clunan, Hurst (Frohawk 82), Hilliard, Stevenson, Mulready (Zielonka 48). Subs not used: Friend and Simpson.

Booked: R Fryatt, Clunan.

Attendance: 292.

Tonight, the Linnets are in Red Insure Cup action at Barton Rovers while the Reserves travel to Swaffham in a league cup derby.

The league match at Hungerford has been rearranged for Monday, November 23.

Thurlow Nunn League

First Division

King’s Lynn Town Res 5

Diss Town 2

The Reserves moved up to third in the table and above Diss Town after the 5-2 win at The Walks.

Dylan Edge opened the scoring from an Eoin McQuaid corner. Lynn went further ahead when Beales coolly finished after being put clear by Palmer.

Edge then crossed for Palmer to score with a header from close range. Diss got one back just before half-time.

Lynn scored their fourth when Matty Castellan scored at the back post. Diss then scored to make it 4-2 and then Man of the Match Edge finished off the scoring to make it 5-2.

Downham Town FC were defeated 2-0 on the road at leaders Wivenhoe Town.

Town have announced the signing of exciting young striker Ryan Alexander, who stated on Twitter: “Another hard decision to leave Wisbech Town FC Reserves but I wish them and the club the very best for the season.”

Fakenham Town lost at FC Clacton 3-1, Ashley Jarvis replaying for the Ghosts in the Premier.