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King's Lynn Town 0 Walsall 1

King's Lynn Town went down fighting as they bowed out of the FA Cup at the hands of League Two Walsall.

An early Brendan Kiernan goal put the Saddlers in control at The Walks, but Lynn pushed their higher-league visitors all the way in a stirring second half display.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse made two changes to the Lynn starting XI which lost 1-0 to Weymouth in the National League last weekend.

The King's Lynn Town players during a one-minute silence. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898566)
The King's Lynn Town players during a one-minute silence. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898566)

Ross Barrows and Malachi Linton both came into the side at the expense of Gold Omotayo and Munashe Sundire who dropped to the bench.

There were also places on the bench for the fit-again duo of Pierce Bird and Joshua Barrett but completely missing was Michael Gyasi who started the first of a three-match suspension for his dismissal against The Terras last weekend.

The Saddlers started on the front foot with Tyrese Shade's cross being turned behind for a corner by Kyle Callan-McFadden.

Five minutes later, in-form striker George Miller attempted an overhead kick on the volley but his effort was comfortably saved by Paul Jones.

Lynn midfielder Ethan Coleman gets a foot in. Picture: Tim Smith (52898568)
Lynn midfielder Ethan Coleman gets a foot in. Picture: Tim Smith (52898568)

Walsall continued to dominate and Lynn's Achilles heel of conceding early struck again after 15 minutes.

A quickly-taken free-kick from Hayden White took a slight deflection and Kiernan was on hand to tap home at the far post.

Lynn's first sight of goal came courtesy of a free-kick some 20 yards out after Junior Morias was sent sprawling to the ground but Ethan Coleman skied his set piece miles over the woodwork.

Striker Junior Morias. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898570)
Striker Junior Morias. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898570)

Shade fired a free-kick straight into the arms of the reliable Jones as the Saddlers went in search of a second goal before the interval.

Lynn switched to a flat back four at the start of the second half as Omotayo replaced Barrows but the tactical switch paid dividends with their front players looking more of a threat.

But it was the visitors who carved out the first opportunity of the second half as Emmanuel Osadebe's shot was turned behind for a corner.

Lynn were forced into another change as Luiz Fernandez limped off to be replaced by Bird.

Junior Morias. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898574)
Junior Morias. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898574)

It took the hosts almost an hour to raise the noise levels as Michael Clunan saw his shot brilliantly cleared off the line by White.

There was suddenly a different feel to the tie as Lynn ramped up the pressure with Morias hitting a shot into a body of Walsall players.

Lynn continued to push forward in search of an equaliser but the Saddlers, who only had one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, held on without too many more alarms at the back.

The Football Focus team of Dion Dublin, Alex Scott and Leon Osman. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898578)
The Football Focus team of Dion Dublin, Alex Scott and Leon Osman. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898578)

The tie received national exposure with BBC One's Football Focus filming their show from The Walks before the game.

Presenter Alex Scott was joined by pundits Dion Dublin - a former Linnet himself - and Leon Osman.

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, Fernandez (Bird 59), McFadden, Bowry, Clunan, Coleman, Morias, Linton (Barrett 61), A Jones, Barrows (Omotayo 46), Davis (McGavin 78).

Sub not used: Sundire.

Booked: Barrows, Fernandez.

Walsall: Rushworth, White, Ward, Labadie, Monthe, Kiernan (Phillips 64), Osadebe (Perry 84), Miller, Earing, Menayese, Shade. Subs not used: Rose, Taylor, Bates, Leak, Khan, Sadler.

Booked: Kiernan.

Scorer: Kiernan 15.

BBC One Football Focus presenter Alex Scott with the FA Cup. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898572)
BBC One Football Focus presenter Alex Scott with the FA Cup. Picture: Tim Smith. (52898572)


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