King's Lynn Town crash out FA Cup with a whimper against Nantwich Town
Ian Culverhouse was too distraught to face the media, but his body language spoke fluently in fury as King's Lynn Town crashed out of the FA Cup with a whimper on Saturday.
It was a painful afternoon for Lynn's manager, coaching staff and fans alike as The Walks outfit were deservedly beaten by their lower-league hosts at the Weaver Stadium.
Lynn's early season form has been admired from afar, but for the first time this season they failed to do their talking on the pitch as their cup dream came to a sudden and sobering end.
Culverhouse has a winning mentality in abundance. His managerial career at Lynn is driven by it but on Saturday it was clear he felt let down by his players.
Lynn simply couldn't cope with Nantwich's physical presence with the home front pairing of Joe Malkin and the towering Valdemar Schousboe causing their defence countless problems throughout the 90 minutes.
In the end, it was Troy Bourne’s scrambled goal shortly before the break which decided a tie which was largely dominated by the hosts.
Bourne was on hand to slot home the ball on 38 minutes for his first-ever Nantwich goal as the Dabbers claimed their second National League North scalp of the competition after accounting for AFC Telford in a previous round.
Malkin and Ben Harrison gave an early indication that Lynn were in for a tough afternoon as they fired wide of the target while Schousboe saw a header palmed to safety by Alex Street.
Leading Linnets scorer Adam Marriott did hit the post in the first half and fellow strike partner Michael Gash also missed a great opportunity to find the back of the net before Bourne netted the only goal of the game.
After the break, Nantwich's Joe Mwasile almost set up a second after coming on as a substitute on the hour mark.
The livewire dribbled past two or three King’s Lynn defenders and found Webb, who curled an effort off the crossbar.
Malkin flashed a shot just wide a few minutes later, before Chris Henderson’s header for the visitors was ruled out for offside 20 minutes from time.
Lynn created very little and their best chance to earn themselves a replay fell to Natty Stewart a few minutes from the end.
But the substitute saw his effort tipped over the bar by the impressive Greg Hall, whose handling between the posts was impeccable all afternoon.
Nantwich's surprise victory earned them £18,750 from The FA prize fund while Lynn collected the sum of £6,250.
Nantwich: Hall, Bourne (Davis 74), Devine, Stair, Langley, Harrison, Lowrie, Hughes, Malkin (Saxon 78), Schousboe (Mwasile 61), Webb. Unused subs: Bell, Read,Cooke, Walsh.
Scorer: Bourne 38.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox (Richards 55), Payne (Carey 55), Barrows, McAuley, Clunan, Kelly, Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Stewart 74). Unused subs:Bastock, Gilbert, Taylor.