Linnets rue missed chances to bow out of FA Cup
FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
King's Lynn Town 0 Ashton United 1
King's Lynn Town left their shooting boots behind as they bowed out of this season's FA Cup at the Third Qualifying Round stage.
A single moment of quality was enough to send Ashton United into the next stage after the Walks outfit missed a succession of opportunities to earn themselves at least a draw.
Substitute Ramiez Howarth climbed off the bench to fire Ashton United into the next round with a stunning strike into the back of Alex Street's net.
Disappointed joint boss Robbie Back said: “Football is always about fine margins. We have been the better team, given it 100 per cent but the missed chances have cost us very dearly.
"Fair play to Ashton, they came here with a plan and have executed it well. If I’m truthful our movement was not as good as it has been today and we could have passed the ball better.
"We had a good first half but didn’t start the second as well which allowed them to come more into the game.
“It’s an excellent goal their lad has scored and credit to him. I’m disappointed for the supporters and the chairman.
"We haven’t had a decent cup run for several seasons now and we really wanted to deliver that to them."
Defender Rory McAuley twice went close with headers, one from a Clunan corner and another from a free-kick.
Striker Harry Limb saw an effort flash across the face of the target while Craig Parker fired straight into the arms of Luke Pilling.
On the stroke of half-time, Pilling was at full-stretch to turn a long-range effort from Ryan Hawkins round his post for a corner.
Ashton were always a threat on the counter with the impressive Dom McHale missing their best chance of the first half when he cut in from the right and saw his effort just go inches wide.
The Robins were more prominent at the start of the second period and Lynn were given an early scare after Michael Chadwick's curling shot just flew wide of Alex Street's right-hand post.
Chadwick went close again as the northern outfit began to grow in confidence.
Lynn's Michael Gash headed a glorious chance wide and and Hawkins seeing a shot cleared off the line by Lewis Baines as Lynn responded.
But with 18 minutes left, Chadwick’s low ball found Howarth on the edge of the box and the substitute applied a cracking finish.
Lynn still had chances to earn a Tuesday evening Manchester replay.
Toby Hilliard’s header was grabbed by Pilling on the line and Gash’s acrobatic effort was again grabbed by the impressive visiting keeper moments before the end but it wasn't to be.
Lynn: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis (Stewart 87), Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Parker (Richards 70), Gash, Limb (Hilliard 76), Hawkins. Subs not used: Thomas, Castellan, McQuaid, Congreve.
Ashton: Pilling, Lees, Regan, Baines, Chalmers, Sheridan, Saugha (Ashworth 84), Jackson, Chadwick, Aughel (Howarth 67), McHale (Hill 73). Subs not used: Jones, Turner.
Goal: Howarth 72.
Referee: E. Swallow (Blackpool).