Lynn triumph in Cup
Paddy Davitt Lynn top scorer Jack Defty broke Wroxham hearts with a second half brace in today’s FA Cup third qualifying round tie at a near capacity Trafford Park.
Wroxham 0, King's Lynn 2
Lynn top scorer Jack Defty broke Wroxham hearts with a second half brace in today's FA Cup third qualifying round tie at a near capacity Trafford Park.
The big striker ended the Yachtsmen's stiff resistance with a near post header on 55 minutes before calmly despatching a second to avoid a cup shock for the Blue Square North visitors.
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Lynn dominated possession and territory without carving out a stack of clear cut chances against the well-drilled Ridgeons Premier outfit.
Wroxham carried a constant menace on the counter attack but Linnets' stopper Scott Howie was largely a redundant spectator in Norfolk's biggest non league clash for more than a decade.
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The Yachtsmen edged a five goal thriller when the sides last met in the world famous competition in 1996 - but Lynn were always in control after an even opening quarter to book their place in Monday's fourth qualifying round draw.
Yachtmen's player/boss Damian Hilton welcomed back Alex Notman and Gary Gilmore after the key duo missed last weekend's FA Vase Leiston exit. Linnets' chief Keith Webb again left big summer signing Julian Joachim on the bench. Danny Bloomfield partnered Jack Defty in attack in the only change to Lynn's starting line from the recent comeback Blue Square North win at Blyth.
Lynn emerged into the warm autumnal sunshine bathing Trafford Park in an unfamiliar white and black strip - Wroxham in their traditional blue and white stripes.
Players, officials and supporters paused prior to kick off to observe an impeccable minute's silence for long-serving Linnets' official Maurice Ebbs who passed away on the eve of the cup tie.
Lynn wore black armbands as a mark of respect for the man who dedicated six decades of his life to The Walks' outfit.
Michael Frew's fizzing strike smacked Shaun Howes but Adam Smith's follow up slithered wide in the first attacking foray from the favourites.
Andy Key drew a smart stop from Howie on seven minutes before ex-Linnet and Norwich midfielder Notman scuffed wide.
Former Lynn stopper Duncan McAnally - resplendent in Petr Cech style headgear after a recent comeback from a nasty facial injury - pouched a confidence-boosting early cross with Jack Defty lurking at the back post.
The big Lynn targetman left a calling card on Danny Self on 13 minutes to earn the first caution before Scott Mitchell was spoken to as the spicy derby hotted up.
Howes' vicious inswinging free kick stuck in the grounded Howie's grasp with Hilton inches from a decisive near post touch.
Jack Defty dragged wide with only McAnally to beat from ten yards after shrugging off the attentions of Graham Challen to control Bloomfield's precise cut back.
Joe Francis' half volley grazed McAnally's crossbar with Lynn looking to exert greater control in the final attacking third.
McAnally dived full length superman-style to punch clear Francis' inswinging corner but Simon Weaver's acrobatic swivelling strike on the turn dropped just wide after Mitchell helped the ball back into the danger area.
Howes was smartly round on the cover to smuggle clear with Bloomfield bearing down on McAnally.
Jack Defty skipped clear on the right flank but Yachtsmen's skipper Challen eased out master predator Bloomfield.
Andy Key's probing cross just evaded the unmarked Hilton on 27 minutes with the hosts' looking to carry the fight to their more illustrious visitors.
Weaver's defence case failed to prevent Gavin Lemmon evening up the crime count after a foot-up lunge on the Linnets' full back tight to the touchline.
Challen threw himself bravely in front of Jack Defty to cut out another testing wide delivery from the Linnets as Webb's men strived to convert their territorial dominance into tangible reward.
Weaver was alert to dispossess Key after the bustling midfielder looked to burst onto Gilmore's cute throughball. Danny White's speculative lob dropped over Howie's bar as Wroxham tried to finish the opening stanza on top.
Gilmore and Adam Smith squared up before referee Hair diffused the situation with a lecture in the middle of the park.
McAnally was yellow carded after the assistant adjudged the Wroxham keeper had carried the ball outside his area after just edging a foot race with Bloomfield.
Smith's attempted drilled free kick underneath the Yachtsmen's six-man wall was hacked clear.
Wroxham 0, King's Lynn 0 HT
McAnally defied Bloomfield on the restart - racing from his line to smother an attempted lob before Francis' follow up rolled a yard wide of the unguarded net.
The rock-like Challen out muscled Bloomfield from Frew's near post delivery. Jack Defty broke the deadlock on 55 minutes from Francis' resulting corner - rising unmarked to flick a towering header past McAnally.
Matthew Halliday poked away after Francis lifted over the grounded McAnally with Lynn now going for the jugular to strike a decisive blow in the cup tie.
Crane's miscued clearing header dropped harmlessly through to Howie with Notman dipping into his set piece armoury.
Jack Defty re-deployed his aerial prowess in the opposite box to head away Notman's inswinger before launching the counter attack.
Hilton and Gilmore both went into the referee's notepad in quick succession as the underdogs upped the ante to try and grab a foothold in the cup contest.
Jack Defty pounced to double Lynn's lead on 68 minutes - controlling a bouncing ball inside the Wroxham area to turn and stab over McAnally from eight yards.
White's first time shot flew wide on 78 minutes with Howie stranded as the Ridgeons Premier side went for broke in a late bid to set up a grandstand finish.
Greg Crane bailed out Howie after the Scottish stopper got tangled in the middle of a crowd scene on his six yard line from Gilmore's hanging free kick.
Webb introduced Joachim for Bloomfield on 83 minutes to underline the wide gulf in resources between Norfolk's premier non league clubs.
Jack Defty rolled a hat trick chance wide seconds later after fashioning some space inside the tiring home defence.
Joachim then flicked inches past McAnally's far post in stoppage time with Lynn raiding at will.
Wroxham: McAnally, Self, Howes, Challen, Halliday, Key, White, Lemmon (Harley 86), Hilton, Notman (Cook 71), Gilmore. Subs: Gavin Crane, Wines, Fulcher, Jackson.
Bookings: Lemmon, McAnally, Hilton, Gilmore
King's Lynn: Howie, Weaver (Kelly 77), C Defty, Peters, Greg Crane, Smith, Frew, Mitchell, J Defty, Bloomfield (Joachim 83), Francis (Turner 72). Subs: Sedgemore, Fisk, Murray.
Bookings: J Defty, C Defty
Goals: J Defty (55, 68)
Added on time: 1 min / 4 mins
Referee: N Hair (Peterbotough)