King's Lynn Town avoid potential banana skin with FA Cup win at Leek Town
A forthright talk from manager Ian Culverhouse did the trick as King's Lynn Town overcame a potential FA Cup banana skin at Leek Town to progress to the Fourth Qualifying Round.
Second-half efforts from Sonny Carey and Jordan Richards saw the Linnets through at Harrison Park after they were given a scare by the Blues in the opening 45 minutes.
The Walks outfit were far from their best in the first period and assistant boss Paul Bastock admitted after the game that the players had been given the hairdryer treatment during the half-time interval.
Bastock said: "The gaffer (Ian Culverhouse) used his hair dryer at the break and it's not often he does that.
"We weren't good enough in the first 45 minutes and he reminded the lads of that. We changed a few things and spoke about what we had to do and then you saw the results of that.
"Second half, we went out and got the job done, which means we now have a happy chairman and a happy set of supporters.
"We weren't at our best today and the lads are in the changing room now disappointed with their performances.
"However, we are through to the next round, complete with a clean sheet, which I'm very pleased with and that's all that matters."
Lynn's lower-league opponents more than matched them in the first 45 minutes.
Defender Ross Barrows forced Danny Roberts into a save down by his near post before Billy Reeves charged down an Alex Street clearance at the other end but the ball rebounded wide from a few yards out.
The dangerous Reeves whipped in cross and, as Olly Harrison and a Linnets defender both lunged for the ball, it looped goalwards before Street somehow managed to claw the ball off his line.
Lynn's Michael Gash saw his free-kick take a wicked deflection and hit the inside of the post.
The hosts refused to cave in and, after 30 minutes, Reeves delivered another quality cross but James Kirby's header found the welcome arms of Street.
Lynn stepped up their slick passing game in the second period and controlled the remainder of the tie.
Three minutes into the second period, Sonny Carey won the ball from Charlie Walford and hit a powerful dipping shot from 25-yards out.
Roberts looked to be behind the shot, but somehow allowed the ball through his hands and into the net to give the Linnets the lead.
The Walks outfit killed the game completely by adding a second goal nine minutes later.
Carey turned Harry Goode inside out before unleashing a shot that Roberts pushed over for a corner.
From the resulting set play, the ball was eventually laid back to Richards who produced a tidy finish from just inside the box.
Lynn were content to keep possession for the remainder of the match and there were no further alarms as they kept their second clean sheet of the season.
Leek Town: Roberts, Goode, Keenan, Walford (Law), Harrison, Chadwick, Baker, Reeves, Kirby, Short (Twyford), Stevenson. Unused subs: Bott, Bavanganga, Stanton, Walker.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fox ( Jones), Richards, Smith McAuley, Carey ( Stewart) Payne, Gash, Marriott, Kelly. Unused subs: Henderson, Bastock.
Goals: Carey 48, Richards 57.
Referee: Robert Massey-Ellis.
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