Lady Luck shines on King's Lynn as they make FA Cup progress
King's Lynn Town 2 Peterborough Sports 1
King's Lynn Town progressed into the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the second successive season but they were pushed all the way by Southern Central Premier high-flyers Peterborough Sports.
There are two levels separating the two sides but at times it was difficult to tell which team plied their trade in the National League, particularly in the second half as Sports pushed for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.
An 18th minute goal from former Lynn favourite Michael Gash had Sports dreaming of a first ever appearance in the first round, but Gold Omotayo's equaliser and Brett McGavin's second half winner saw Lynn scrape through by the smallest of margins.
Sports manager Jimmy Dean won't want to hear it but his side gave their illustrious hosts more problems in the 90 minutes than the likes of both Barnet and Wealdstone who have taken four points from the Linnets at The Walks in recent weeks.
Linnets skipper Michael Clunan admitted that Lynn had made hard work of their visitors, saying: “I think we probably made more hard work of it than we needed to, but the main goal today was to get into the hat and it was mission accomplished.
"It was quite early on, Gashy’s goal, so we weren’t going to panic.
"We have been down plenty of times this year so we are almost used to it, I think when we went in front 2-1 we almost panicked we looked like a team that has not been in front for a while.
"We probably didn’t manage the game as well as we should have done, but we got through it on the end."
Gash's early goal gave plucky Peterborough Sports some hope but they were unable to hold onto their advantage going into the half-time break and ultimately that proved costly after Omootayo netted his first goal in Lynn colours.
“I think he needed to get off the mark – we have had a lot of corners in the last 10 games and not been much threat from them but it was a great delivery from Brett (McGavin) and Gold managed to get his head on it," said Clunan.
"We probably need to get more balls in the box for him and a bit more service but I’m pleased he was on the scoresheet.”
Lynn have been excellent this season but haven't always got what their performances have deserved.
Yesterday Lady Luck was on their side and their was even an element of fortune about McGavin's winner 18 minutes into the second half.
Peterborough Sports have promotion on their mind but it will take Dean and his players some time to forget the misses by Jordan Nicholson and Richard Jones in the final quarter of the contest.
Both players could have easily scored braces, Nicholson was denied by an incredible goal-line clearance by Luis Fernandez while the battle-hardened Jones, who might not get many opportunities to make the First Round Proper in his career, scooped over from a few yards out.
Jones, so often the scourge of Lynn in the past while playing for Stamford, was inconsolable on the final whistle but should be proud for the way he led his side.
It was heart-wrenching for the visitors who gave it their all, but more displays like this will see them promoted at a canter.
Injury-stricken Lynn, meanwhile, have a home tie against League Two Walsall to look forward to early next month but their priority is to remain a National League club come the end of the season.
King’s Lynn Town: P. Jones, A. Jones, Callan-McFadden, Fernandez, Barrows, Coleman, Sundire (Linton 45), McGavin (Gyasi 83), Rowley (Barrett 60), Clunan, Omotayo.
Goals: Omotayo 45, McGavin 61.
Peterborough Sports: Moat, Bazeley, Warner Eley (Herd 65), Fryatt, R. Jones, Lawlor, Sembie Ferris, McCammon (M. Jones 90), Gash, Jarvis (Stevenson 53), Nicholson. Subs not used: Elsom, Miles, McGowan, Moreman.
Goal: Gash 18.