Proud Linnets bow out

King's Lynn 0, Oldham 2: Lynn's brave FA Cup adventure ended in heroic defeat. Shaun Carey's Southern Premier outfit starred in front of the television cameras but it was Oldham who deservedly progressed to round three.

King's Lynn 0, Oldham 2: Lynn's brave FA Cup adventure ended in heroic defeat. Shaun Carey's Southern Premier outfit starred in front of the television cameras but it was Oldham who deservedly progressed to round three.

Chris Porter's 12th goal of the campaign deflated the huge home support barely ten minutes into the eagerly awaited contest.

Shaun Marshall formed a one man barricade at times after the break to repel John Sheridan's Coca Cola League One highflyers.

But it took the Latics 82 minutes to end Lynn's resistance - second half sub Chris Hall rising unchallenged to power home Andy Liddell's corner.

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A heavy shower greeted the underdogs as they emerged to a tremendous roar for the pre-match warm up.

Mark Warren's entrance flanked by his two young children as mascots at 7.55pm shook the old Main Stand as the players filed either side of the gleaning FA Cup trophy.

Dean West's shuddering challenge on Chris Taylor earned the visitors an early chance to test Marshall but Grant Cooper rose highest to clear the danger.

Cooper then bailed out skipper Mark Warren after Sean Gregan's long punt skidded through on the greasy surface.

Jack Defty's persistence forced Simon Charlton to hack behind under pressure from inform striker Michael Frew - Latics skipper Will Haining heading Alex Notman's outswinger away.

Neal Eardley's flying header denied Defty but Oldham launched a rapier counter to break the deadlock.

Porter towered above the Linnets defence to silence the raucous home support from point blank range after Liddell's teasing cross in the swirling wind evaded Marshall.

Taylor's curling right footer rose into the packed Hospital End as Oldham looked to double their lead.

Warren redeemed himself after Porter had dispossessed the Linnets skipper with a crunching block. Gary McDonald dragged a right footer wide from the edge of the box when Liddell had escaped down the right.

Richie Wellens spurned a glorious chance for the visitors when he burst onto Paul Warne's lofted pass just shy of the half hour mark but cracked wide from six yards.

Defty outmuscled Haining but his header lacked direction from West's hanging free kick.

Frew galloped clear of the retreating Oldham rearguard onto Defty's perfectly weighted through ball but scuffed his first time effort in a rare sight of Les Pogliacomi's goal.

The giant Aussie went full length to beat away Defty's goal bound flick as the hosts surged forward during the closing stages of the opening period.

Matt O'Halloran was inches from his sixth goal in this season's competition with a flying stoppage time header from the productive West's delivery.

Lynn left the field to a rare half time standing ovation for an opening stanza full of endeavour against their more illustrious professional hosts.

Porter's snapshot rolled wide on the restart before O'Halloran's hopeful punt was watched over his bar by the alert Pogliacomi. Marshall clutched McDonald's crack from the edge of the box at the second attempt before Notman drilled a left footer into a crowded Oldham box to turn up the volume among the home faithful.

Marshall denied McDonald in their personal duel with a flying fingertip save as the Oldham man let fly from fully 25 yards before Lynn's keeper conjured a superb reaction stop to foil Norfolk-born Warne from point blank range. The overworked Marshall sprung to his right to beat away Eardley's swerving effort as the hosts began to rock under the incessant pressure.

Pogliacomi plucked the slippery ball out of the sky under pressure from second half arrival Matt Nolan in a rare attacking foray for Carey's battlers.

Hall finally broke Lynn hearts on 82 minutes with a glancing header into the bottom left hand corner after Liddell's probing set piece delivery again unpicked the hosts.

Pogliacomi twice denied Lynn a deserved consolation deep into stoppage time - kicking away Notman's drilled effort before tipping Cooper's header around his post.

King's Lynn: Marshall, West, C Defty, Warren, Cooper, Camm (Hicks 75), J Defty, McMahon, Frew, Notman, O'Halloran (Nolan 68). Subs (not used): Grane, Norris, Toms, Higgs.

Booking: C Defty

Oldham: Pogliacomi, Eardley, Haining, Gregan, Charlton, Liddell, McDonald (Edwards 78), Wellens, Taylor, Warne (Hall 78), Porter (Rocastle 90). Subs (not used): Smith, Tierney.

Goals: Porter (10), Hall (82)

Attendance: 5,444

Referee: M Thorpe

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