King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse praise resolve of players after FA Cup draw at Alfreton
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King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse praised the resolve of his players after seeing them earn an FA Cup replay against Alfreton at the Impact Arena.
Striker Adam Marriott's early strike was cancelled out by David Lynch on the stroke of half-time as Lynn had to settle for a second bite of the cherry at The Walks tonight.
Culverhouse said: "The boys were magnificent, they had to really dig in at times.
"I thought we started the game really well, but we didn't really impose our game on them and then we got caught up in their game a little bit.
"But full credit to the boys, they dug in and dug in, we rode our luck a little when they missed the penalty but we go again on Tuesday.
"And full credit to the players, they stayed with it and got a good draw in the end. This is a hard place to come."
Lynn began brightly with Sonny Carey almost making the most of a rare start, seeing a powerful shot deflected wide.
Michael Gash headed a Michael Clunan corner inches away from the target before finally made their dominance count with a goal on 17 minutes.
Alex Street’s long punt was helped on by Gash to Marriott who expertly lobbed the advancing Charlie Andrew giving the inform striker his tenth goal of an already productive season.
Carey could have doubled his side’s advantage moments later but Andrew blocked the effort with his legs after the youngster had found himself in a one-on-one situation.
Ross Barrows had the ball in the net but was adjudged to have been offside and at the other end Chris Smith cleared Danny Clarke’s low effort from his own goal line as Alfreton enjoyed a purple patch of pressure.
In the final minute of the half, home skipper David Lynch slammed the ball past Street from the edge of the area after Lynn had failed to clear their lines.
There was still time for Andrew to perform an amazing stop to deny Gash restoring Town’s lead as he somehow tipped the striker’s rasping drive over his bar.
Alfreton continued to have the better possession after the break with Street doing well to turn away Josh Clackstone’s angled effort. Just after the hour Clarke fought of the attentions of Nathan Fox and drove into the Lynn box where he was upended by Street, giving referee John Matthews no option but to point to the spot for a penalty kick.
However Amari Morgan-Smith seemed to let the pressure get to him and fired his effort well over the Lynn crossbar.
Deep into stoppage time Marriott wriggled free of his marker and sent in a shot that smashed against the post before substitute Natty Stewart prodded the rebound wide.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fryatt, Smith, Fox, Richards, Clunan (Payne 73), Carey (Stewart 64), Henderson (Kelly 64), Marriott, Gash. Subs not used: Jones, Jarvis, Bastock.
Goal: Marriott 17.
Referee: John Matthews.