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King's Lynn Town crashed out of the FA Trophy after losing on penalties at Vanarama National League South side Tonbridge Angels at the Longmead Stadium.

After the 90 minutes ended 1-1, Tonbridge scored four of their spot-kicks as Michael Clunan and Gold Omotayo missed for Lynn, to prevail 4-3 in the shoot-out.

It was the second successive campaign that Lynn have lost to lower-league opposition from the spot in the FA Trophy following their exit to Hornchurch last season.

Lynn's travelling support at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284089)
Lynn's travelling support at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284089)

Lynn's Josh Barrett – twice on target in the previous round against Nantwich – opened the scoring 14 minutes from time before Lynn were pegged back by a late Tommy Wood equaliser for the hosts.

Lynn made two changes from the side beaten 4-2 by Notts County in the National League on Tuesday night as Brett McGavin and Malachi Linton came into the side at the expense of Theo Widdrington and Dan Bowry.

There was also a welcome return to Linnets colours to the fit-again Tyler Denton and Kyle Callan-McFadden but both players had to be content with places on the bench.

Midfielder Ethan Coleman battles for possession. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284081)
Midfielder Ethan Coleman battles for possession. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284081)

There was an early sighter for Barrett, whose effort flashed wide of the goal, while McGavin fired a shot straight at Jonathan Henly from long range.

Barrett was at the heart of everything for Lynn and the attacking midfielder fizzed another effort wide of the target as the visitors enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening quarter of the tie.

Leading Tonbridge goalscorer Joe Turner tried his luck from distance midway through the first period but his effort was always comfortable for Lynn custodian Paul Jones.

Josh Barrett runs at the Tonbridge defence. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284083)
Josh Barrett runs at the Tonbridge defence. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284083)

The Linnets should have open the scoring on the half-hour mark but Linton sliced his shot wide after a lovely ball into the box from the industrious Barrett.

Six minutes after the restart Jones and Pierce Bird combined to make a great block from Turner after an almighty goalmouth scramble in the Lynn box.

Lynn's lower-league hosts, who progressed to this stage with victories over both Canvey Island and Torquay United, sat in for long periods and were proving a tough nut to crack.

Lynn defender Ross Barrows. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284085)
Lynn defender Ross Barrows. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284085)

The ineffective Linton was replaced by Connnor Kurran-Browne after 61 minutes as Widdrington looked to find an extra cutting edge.

And it was Barrett who provided it with a clever free-kick which found the back of the net, but ten minutes later the Angels were back on level terms when Wood was somehow allowed to squeeze home an equaliser.

Linnets captain Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284087)
Linnets captain Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith. (54284087)

Tonbridge Angels: Henly, Jenkins, Braham-Barrett, Taylor (Smith-Joseph 66), Miles, Hudson. Fielding, Lovatt, Wood (O'Sullivan 86), Beere (Olutade 81), Turner. Subs not used: Embury, Moore, McKimm. Booked: Miles

Scorer: Wood 82.

King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, A. Jones, Coleman, Bird (Denton 73), Barrows, Scott, Clunan, McGavin, Barrett (Sundire 80), Linton (Kurran-Brown 61), Omotayo. Subs not used: McFadden, Bowry, Gyasi.

Booked: Coleman, Barrows.

Scorer: Barrett 75.

Attendance: 835.

Midfeilder Brett McGavin who was back in the starting line-up this afternoon. Picture: Tim Smith (54284091)
Midfeilder Brett McGavin who was back in the starting line-up this afternoon. Picture: Tim Smith (54284091)


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