King's Lynn Town held to a goalless draw by Hereford in FA Trophy
FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round
King's Lynn Town 0 Hereford 0
King's Lynn Town and Hereford will have to try again at Edgar Street on Tuesday night after the first goalless draw at The Walks since New Year's Day.
Lynn carved out the best chances of a competitive encounter but found Hereford goalkeeper Brandon Hall in inspired form between the posts after the interval.
The Bulls kept Lynn's deadly front duo of Michael Gash and Adam Marriott quiet for the majority of the tie and Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse was disappointed with the service they received over the course of the 90 minutes.
"They tried to hold the line for us but we didn't get good enough quality to them and any time one of them got it in a little bit of space they were quickly surrounded with bodies," said Culverhouse.
"We just have to be better with our link-up play to them. We were a bit too slow, especially first half; they fed off scraps mostly. I can't remember them having really good chances during the game."
The Linnets created the first opportunity of the contest after 11 minutes when Jordan Richards tried his luck from long-range but his powerful effort whistled past the wrong side of the post.
Four minutes later, Reece Styche picked the ball up on the left before firing over from just inside the area.
The best chance of the half came in the 27th minute after excellent footwork from Marriott carved out an opening for Sonny Carey who drilled his shot just wide.
Four minutes before the break, Aaron Jones whipped in a free-kick for the hosts and Marriott headed over the woodwork.
Hereford goalkeeper Hall pulled off a decent one-handed save to deny Ross Barrows a certain goal 19 minutes after the restart.
Two minutes later, Hall made another acrobatic stop to keep out a Rory McAuley header.
Perhaps the best chance of the tie fell to home substitute Chris Henderson 14 minutes time.
Barrows put the ball across and Marriott got the faintest touches for the midfielder who was unable to turn the ball home with the goal at his mercy.
Hereford achieved what they clearly set out to do; to take Lynn back to their place if they couldn't grind a win, but they almost snatched a dramatic victory two minutes from time.
Bulls' substitute Taylor Allen somehow spooned an effort over the woodwork from a few yards out when it would have been easier to find the back of the net.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones (Hawkins 79), Fox, Barrows, McAuley, Jarvis, Carey (Henderson 73), Richards, Gash, Marriott, Kelly (Payne 67). Subs not used: Clunan, Bastock
Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Pope, Pollock, Cullinane-Liburd, Riley, Vincenti (Nicholson 90), Owen-Evans, Styche (Liburd 78), Mooney (Allen 69), O'Sullivan. Subs not used: Gowling, Bodenham, Ash, Burwood.
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