FA CUP: Linnets leave it late
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn 2, Worksop 1: Linnets' supersub Danny Bloomfield slotted a dramatic stoppage time FA Cup winner in today's second round qualifier against Worksop at The Walks.
King's Lynn 2, Worksop 1
Linnets' supersub Danny Bloomfield slotted a dramatic stoppage time FA Cup winner in today's second round qualifier against Worksop at The Walks.
Lynn looked to be heading for a replay after Kirk Jackson had dragged the Unibond Premier strugglers level on 47 minutes to cancel out Joe Francis' first half header.
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Bloomfield diverted Michael Frew's close range strike to trigger wild celebrations around the ground after the little predator's initial snap header struck Steve Hernandez's right hand upright.
Worksop defender Kevin Dawson was dismissed for a second yellow card for leading strong visiting protests over Bloomfield's match winner - despite the ball clearly crossing the Tigers' goal line before being hacked away.
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Webb's men spurned gilt edged chances either side of the interval - Francis and Rushden loanee Scott Mitchell firing straight at Hernandez with only the Tigers' stopper to beat on both occasions.
Top scorer Jack Defty was passed fit to start after missing Lynn's recent Blue Square North league defeat at Harrogate with a jarred knee.
Frew was named on the bench nursing a slight injury niggle that clearly restricted the blond attacker during the warm up.
Skipper Greg Crane returned to the starting line up for the first time since his three match ban to partner Mark Peters in central defence with Simon Weaver switching to right back.
Charlie Defty was re-deployed on the opposite flank for the injured Ben Chapman at left back with Adam Smith pushed further forward into his favoured midfield role.
John Turner replaced Mark Camm after the midfielder was ruled out for up to a month with a torn hamstring.
Andrew Fisk dropped to the bench after starting Lynn's recent Harrogate defeat alongside Ben Sedgemore and youngster Ross Kelly.
Linnets' goal scoring legend Dick Everitt was presented to both his former clubs prior to kick off.
Andy Boyce needed lengthy treatment after a heavy collision with Turner seconds into the contest.
Scott Howie's acrobatic one handed parry denied Kevin Sanasy after the pacy Worksop frontman unleashed a thunderbolt volley on the run from 16 yards.
Jack Defty temporarily exited the action with a bloodied nose - Lynn's big frontman complaining to the referee over an alleged elbow.
Referee Porter delayed the striker's return for further medical treatment - much to the annoyance of the home crowd.
Francis opened his account on ten minutes with a diving close range header to tuck away Turner's swinging cross from the right.
Jack Defty almost marked his return in style but Boyce diverted his goal bound flick. Francis popped up on the opposite flank to drive at the back pedalling Tigers' rearguard but Jack Defty was snuffed out on the edge of the box.
Hernandez's outstretched right hand foiled Francis on 16 minutes after Julian Joachim raced clear to tee up the unmarked wideman 12 yards out.
Joachim's first time half volley fizzed just over Hernandez's bar from Scott Mitchell's knockdown with Lynn in total control.
Paul Dempsey ghosted past Francis but Town skipper Paul Stansfield's straining far post header sailed behind.
Mitchell's tame cross shot struck Kevin Davies on 30 minutes after Joachim and Jack Defty teed up the Rushden & Diamonds loan recruit.
Boyce earned a yellow card for a cynical trip on Turner as the Lynn midfielder led the breakout.
Joachim's piledriver whistled a yard wide of Hernandez's right hand post in the closing stages of the opening period.
Worksop's assistant boss Jason Maybury was sent to the stands on 43 minutes after a prolonged verbal spat with the assistant referee in front of the dug outs.
HT King's Lynn 1, Worksop 0
Jackson stunned Lynn on the restart to level the cup tie - swivelling onto Stansfield's initial strike to bury underneath Howie from close range.
Francis skipped along the Worksop byline but Joachim miscued his cut back as the hosts probed for an instant reply.
Stansfield was lectured after leaving his mark on Smith on half way with the rejuvenated Tigers' now harrying Lynn all over the park.
Hernandez was forced to palm over Turner's attempted cross before Peters threw himself at Sansay's angled strike as the cup tie see sawed from end to end.
Hernandez bravely clutched Turner's low cross with Joachim inches from applying a decisive touch inside the six yard box.
Howie pushed Stansfield's looping header over the cross bar after the Tigers' skipper latched onto Sanasy's drilled strike.
Weaver's miscued clearance raised anxiety levels even further in the home crowd stationed behind Howie's goal.
Francis' inviting centre slid across the Tigers' six yard box with new arrival Danny Bloomfield sensing a half chance.
Jack Defty's cute knockdown teed up Mitchell on 69 minute to gallop clear into the box but the midfielder scuffed at the diving Hernandez - the Rushden man left with head in hands at the glaring miss.
Jack Defty then stumbled over 12 yards out after twisting inside two markers in an attempt to fashion a strike.
Michael Frew sidefooted into the Tennyson Road terracing from eight yards on 83 minutes after Francis and Charlie Defty carried the fight down the left flank.
David Cockerill dragged well wide with the underdogs looking to finish the tie at the first attempt.
Smith collected Jack Defty's wall pass but his left footer flew just over Hernandez's bar. Bloomfield broke the visitors' spirited resistance in stoppage time - reacting quickest inside the crowded penalty box to book Lynn's place in the next round.
Dawson added insult to injury with a second yellow card for his vociferous protests in the midst of the Linnets' goal celebrations.
Mitchell then blazed wide from the restart after Jack Defty's header dropped invitingly for the midfielder.
King's Lynn: Howie, Weaver, C Defty, Peters, Crane, Mitchell, Turner (Frew 77), Smith, J Defty, Joachim (Bloomfield 66), Francis. Subs (not used): Sedgemore, Fisk, Kelly, Murray.
Bookings: Crane, C Defty
Goals: Francis (10), Bloomfield (90)
Worksop: Hernandez, Ludlam (Jennings 44), Davies, Robinson, Boyce, Dawson, Stansfield, Dempsey, Jackson (White 77), Sanasy, Cockerill. Subs (not used): Burridge, Smith.
Bookings: Boyce, Cockerill, Dawson
Sending off: Dawson
Goal: Jackson (47)
Added on time: 2 min / 5 mins
Referee: W Porter (Lincs)