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King's Lynn Town knocked out of the FA Trophy by lower-league Hornchurch




FA Trophy Fourth Round

Hornchurch 1 King's Lynn Town 1 (Hornchurch win 3-0 on penalties)

King's Lynn Town defender Rory McAuley saw red as the Linnets crashed out of this seasons FA Trophy on penalties.

McAuley was dismissed in the dying minutes of the tie for picking up a second yellow card after Liam Nash had cancelled out Kairo Mitchell's first-half opener for Ian Culverhouse's side.

Lynn left their shooting boots at home in the resulting penalty shoot-out as all three of their second half substitutes fluffed their lines from the spot.

Linnets players look on during a disappointing penalty shootout. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985338)
Linnets players look on during a disappointing penalty shootout. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985338)

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse made an abundance of changes from the side that drew 1-1 with FC Halifax Town in the thick fog last weekend.

The quintet of Archie Mair, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Alex Brown, Ryan Jarvis and Dayle Southwell were the only survivors from that starting eleven as Lynn eyed a place in the last 16.

Dayle Southwell's early strike was just over the woodwork before Sam Higgins almost found the top corner of the net for Lynn's Isthmian Premier hosts who were playing their first game since December 19,

In the 12th minute some good interplay between Ronnie Winn and Remi Sutton ended with the latter slicing wide.

A snapshot from Higgins was just wide of the mark and the same player saw his effort pushed behind for a corner by Archie Mair after the Lynn squandered possession in the middle of the park.

Kairo Mitchell heads Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985334)
Kairo Mitchell heads Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985334)

But despite the bright start from the Urchins, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock when Sonny Carey's centre was headed past Joe Wright by Mitchell after 16 minutes.

Eleven minutes later, Michael Clunan's free-kick hit the side netting as Lynn hunted a second goal while the hosts thought they had restored parity three minutes later, only to see their effort ruled out for offside.

A Clunan corner was then headed goalward by McAuley but Wright was up to the task with a smart stop to deny the Lynn defender.

Kairo Mitchell celebrates after heading Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985332)
Kairo Mitchell celebrates after heading Lynn in front. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985332)

Hornchurch's Joe Christou became the first player to have his name taken and three minutes later Lynn's Ryan Jarvis followed him into the book.

Ellis Brown became the second Hornchurch player to have his name taken and on the stroke of half-time Remi Sutton's strong run ended with his shot taking a deflection but Mair was on hand to make the save.

After the interval heralded a strong start by the hosts and four minutes after the restart Liam Nash steered an effort just wide of the target following an excellent run from Brown.

But the Urchins were soon back on level terms as Nash volleyed past a stranded Mair after another fine piece of endeavour from Brown.

Midfielder Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985336)
Midfielder Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985336)

Mitchell missed a great opportunity to fire Lynn back in front after finding himself one-on-one with the home goalkeeper.

An entertaining tie then saw Lynn's Mair pull off a fantastic reflex stop to thwart Charlie Ruff before home shotstopper Wright produced an equally-good piece of work to keep out Mitchell at the other end.

The Linnets made a triple change midway through the second period as the big guns of Michael Gash, Adam Marriott and Cameron King were introduced into the action at the expense of Southwell, Mitchell and Clunan.

Lynn goalkeeper Archie Mair makes a save. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985330)
Lynn goalkeeper Archie Mair makes a save. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985330)

And Gash thought he'd won it for Lynn 14 minutes from time, only to see his goal-bound header clawed over the woodwork by Wright.

A nasty off-the-ball incident between Charlie Stimson and Tai Fleming saw both players booked and Carey became the third Lynn player to be cautioned as tempers threatened to boil over.

Defender Rory McAuley, number 6, trudges off after being sent-off. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985340)
Defender Rory McAuley, number 6, trudges off after being sent-off. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985340)

McAuley picked up his second booking of the afternoon to leave Lynn with ten players for the remaining few minutes and injury time.

King wasted a great chance to win late on but his final shot lacked the necessary power to beat Wright and the match went down to penalty kicks.

Lynn's three substitutes all saw their penalties saved and the Urchins scored all three of theirs to send Lynn packing out of the competition.

Lynn midfielder Ryan Jarvis skips a challenge. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985342)
Lynn midfielder Ryan Jarvis skips a challenge. Picture: Tim Smith. (43985342)

AFC Hornchurch: Wright, Sutton, Muldoon, Hayles, Christou, Brown, Clark, Higgins, Nash, Winn (Spence 70), Ruff (Stimson 77). Subs not used: Zak Hassan, Finley Thackway.

King's Lynn Town: Mair, Fleming, Callan-McFadden, McAuley, Brown, Jarvis, Clunan (King 66), Kelly, Carey, Southwell (Marriott 66), Mitchell (Gash 66). Subs not used: Smith, Barrows, Kiwomya.

Midfielder Sam Kelly. Picture: Tim Smith (43985344)
Midfielder Sam Kelly. Picture: Tim Smith (43985344)

Match stats

Shots on target: Lynn 6; Hornchurch 8.

Shots off target: Lynn 8; Hornchurch 11.

Corners: Lynn 6; Hornchurch 6.

On Tuesday night, King's Lynn Town are back in National League action when they travel to Eastleigh.



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