King's Lynn 2, Corby 1

Lynn's young guns sparkled to dump Corby out of the errea Southern League Cup last night. Stephen Spriggs notched a first half brace to power the 2005 winners into the last eight - Dom Hallows setting up a tense finish with a calmly taken penalty.

Lynn's young guns sparkled to dump Corby out of the errea Southern League Cup last night.

Stephen Spriggs notched a first half brace to power the 2005 winners into the last eight - Dom Hallows setting up a tense finish with a calmly taken penalty.

Lynn rested the entire starting line-up from Saturday's league reverse at Team Bath. Jack Defty captained a youthful home side, with Linnets boss Keith Webb running the rule over wide man Lawrance Hunter.

Webb watched the left-­ sided attacker earlier this month in a trial outing for Norwich Reserves against Tottenham Reserves.


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Hunter senior - Norwich first team coach Martin - was an interested spectator in the directors' box alongside Canaries' assistant boss Doug Livermore.

Corby's Rob Maddox was given a predictably hostile reception after his role in Shaun Carey's double leg break when the clubs met at The Walks in September.

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Carrow Road loan recruit Andrew Cave-Brown's half volley swung wide in the opening exchanges before ex-Linnet Mark Burrows denied Luke Fell with a last-ditch block.

Chris Gray was then lectured for a thumping challenge on Cave-Brown but Hunter drilled the free kick against Brett Darby.

David Clarke clutched Stephen Harvey's looping header underneath his own bar as Lynn continued to probe.

Spriggs broke the deadlock on the half hour - rifling underneath Clarke from eight yards after Fell's retrieval work had teed up Defty to slip in the pacy winger.

The tricky trio combined again to double Lynn's lead on 43 minutes when Spriggs bundled home Fell's cross shot after Defty's aerial prowess unsettled the Steelmen.

Clarke foiled Defty on the restart and then Spriggs teased Hallows before picking out Fell, whose right footer crashed back off the crossbar.

Kevin Byrne sprung Lynn's offside trap on 75 minutes but a heavy first touch allowed Duncan McAnally to pounce.

Hallows grabbed Corby grabbed a lifeline when Cave-Brown's mistimed tackle upended Steve Towers - the full back calmly sending McAnally the wrong way from 12 yards.

McAnally rose highest to pouch Scott Goodwin's testing cross as Corby pushed for an equaliser. Defty tried his luck from long range in the closing stages, with success.

t King's Lynn: McAnally, Cave-Brown, C Defty (Buhlemann 65), Gaughran, Crane, Fisk, Spriggs (Forshaw 81), Harvey, J Defty, Fell, Hunter. Subs (not used): Cussons, Hyde, Miller. Goals: Spriggs (30, 44)

t Corby: Clarke, Guiney, Hallows, Towers, Burrows, Gray (Marlow 45), Darby (Ward 69), Goodwin, Byrne, Maddox, Pruton (Goodman 59). Sub (not used): Evans. Goal: Hallows (80)

t Attendance: 205

t Referee: N Hair (Peterborough)

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