King's Lynn 4, Rugby 1
Paddy Davitt Lynn exacted Errea Southern League Cup revenge tonight to book a semi-final spot. The Valley dumped Keith Webb's men out at the same quarter final stage 12 months ago, but the hosts hit back in fine style after Aaron Stringfellow's early opener.
Lynn exacted Errea Southern League Cup revenge tonight to book a semi-final spot. The Valley dumped Keith Webb's men out at the same quarter final stage 12 months ago, but the hosts hit back in fine style after Aaron Stringfellow's early opener.
Seamus Kelleher capped another impressive senior display with a scrambled equaliser before Matt Nolan's brace and Mark Heath-Preston's stoppage-time strike sealed the win.
Shaun Carey captained another experimental side featuring Lynn's fringe first team squad members and the club's young brigade. Charlie Defty was omitted from the line-up with centre-back Mark Warren a major injury doubt for the Linnets' crucial Southern League, Premier Division weekend trip to Chippenham. Warren aggravated an old knee problem in Lynn's 3-1 win over Banbury on Saturday.
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Former Norwich academy midfielder Andrew Fisk clipped Joel Skeldon's cross bar from the edge of the box in a confident opening.
Stringfellow despatched David Pearson's cut back on ten minutes before Ryan Curtis fired into the Hospital End car park.
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Lynn teenager Kelleher notched his second goal in consecutive league cup ties - bundling Heath-Preston's glancing flick over the line.
Skeldon stuck out a hand to parry Heath-Preston's mis-hit before the unmarked frontman headed wide from point-blank range.
Stephen Harvey miscued after the attacking full back triggered a flowing move down the right with Carey and John Turner.
Nolan's intelligent flick teed up Fisk who dragged off target in first-half stoppage time.
Kelleher galloped from his own penalty box on the restart before firing at Skeldon after a sharp one-two with Nolan.
Rob Murray dropped smartly to clutch ex-Linnet Dave Staff's rasping strike from the edge of the box.
Nolan nudged Lynn ahead just past the hour mark after Harvey's hanging cross had ricocheted off Heath-Preston.
Staff turned back the clock with a trademark 25-yard free-kick confidently pouched by Murray.
Heath-Preston's fizzing free-kick at the opposite end sailed just over with Skeldon rooted to his line.
Curtis' cross flashed across Murray's six yard box before Dean Miller's timely header cleared the danger.
Heath-Preston smacked wide with the goal at his mercy on 83 minutes after Turner drilled straight at Skeldon.
Murray raced out bravely to foil Ash Blake as a huge fog cloud threatened to envelope The Walks in the closing stages.
Nolan sealed Lynn's last four berth with the elements closing in - coolly slot from point-blank range after Heath-Preston had raced clear.
Heath-Preston bagged a deserved goal deep in stoppage time when he latched onto Fisk's hopeful punt to fend off Delroy Gordon before rolling into the empty net.
t King's Lynn: Murray, Harvey, Lake, Miller, Buhlemann, Carey, Turner, Fisk, Nolan, Heath-Preston, Kelleher. Subs not used: Setchell, McAnally, Gilchrist, Nicholls, Glover. Goals: Kelleher (17), Nolan (61, 90), Heath-Preston (90)
t Rugby: Skeldon, Scott, Morley, Gordon, Herbert, Stringfellow (Blake 79), Breward, Edge, Curtis, Pearson (Kolodynski 70), Staff. Subs not used: Aladetoun. Bookings: Scott, Edge. Goal: Stringfellow (10).
t Referee: A Sannerude (Suffolk).
t Attendance: 535.