King’s Lynn 1, Hemel Hempstead 1 (aet, 5–3 on penalties)

Paddy Davitt Lynn edged a penalty shoot out to book an Errea Southern League Cup quarter final tonight.Matt Nolan struck the winning penalty for Keith Webb's side as one time Lynn target Chris Dillon blazed wide for the Tudors after 120 minutes had failed to separate the sides.

Paddy Davitt

Lynn edged a penalty shoot out to book an Errea Southern League Cup quarter final tonight.

Matt Nolan struck the winning penalty for Keith Webb's side as one time Lynn target Chris Dillon blazed wide for the Tudors after 120 minutes had failed to separate the sides.

Lynn debutant Seamus Kelleher broke the deadlock for the hosts but Harry Hunt pegged back Webb's men with a late header in normal time.


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The Linnets made wholesale changes from the weekend league romp over Swindon Supermarine. Charlie Defty was the only player to retain his place in a side captained by experienced midfielder Steve Melton.

Cambridge City trialist Kieran Deane started in a central midfield role after a second half cameo on the right flank against Marine. Mark Heath-Preston rattled Sam Styles' crossbar after an energetic burst. Aaron Cavill exchanged a sharp one -two with Drew Roberts but his dipping volley swung wide of Rob Murray's far post.

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Melton's cute reverse ball teed up Heath-Preston but Styles was out smartly to block his angled shot.

Andrew Fisk's drilled effort dropped the wrong side of Styles' left hand post as Lynn probed for a breakthrough.

Roberts swerved around a static Charlie Defty early in the second period but his cross shot cannoned back into Murray's arms via the keeper's right hand upright.

Heath-Preston fired at Styles from 16 yards after cleverly chesting down Nolan's flick.

Kelleher struck from point-blank range on 69 minutes after John Turner shrugged off Chris Herron to smack a low shot against the foot of the post.

Paul Edgeworth's speculative long range dip briefly had Murray scrambling across his penalty area.

Murray's brilliant reaction stop foiled Danny Nicholls seconds later - Lynn's stopper flying to his left to beat away the substitute's strike through a forest of bodies.

Shaun Carey was introduced as Lynn looked to close out the tie in the final quarter.

The unmarked Hunt grabbed Hemel a lifeline on 87 minutes with a glancing header into Murray's bottom corner.

Yiadom Yeboah cleared Fisk's goalbound header off his line as Lynn pushed for a decisive riposte in normal time.

Turner hacked wide eight yards out in the first period of extra time after Deane had picked out the unmarked frontman.

Fisk's point blank header then struck Styles from Nolan's cross before the busy Tudors' keeper clawed away Deane's piledriver.

Livewire Deane slammed Styles' post with a 30 yard free kick on 113 minutes as Lynn attempted to avoid the penalty shoot out lottery. Dillon's overhead kick flew a yard over Murray's bar.

t King's Lynn: Murray, Harvey, Lake, Defty (Miller 105), Buhlemann, Melton (Carey 75), Deane, Fisk, Nolan, Turner, Heath-Preston (Kelleher 64). Not used: McAnally, Keegan. Bookings: Fisk, Kelleher, Deane. Goal: Kelleher (69).

t Hemel Hempstead: Styles, Champion, Coulson, Herron (Nicholls 72), Bowden-Haase (Yeboah 45) Jackman, Gearing (Hunt 62), Cavill, Dillon, Roberts, Edgeworth. Not used: Wood. Booking: Champion. Goal: Hunt (87).

t Referee: M George (Norfolk)

t Attendance: 385

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