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King’s Lynn Town 4 Coleshill 1: Linnets march on in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:58 03 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 03 September 2017

Leon Mettam bagged a brace in King's Lynn's 4-1 win over Coleshill. Picture: Matthew Usher

Leon Mettam bagged a brace in King's Lynn's 4-1 win over Coleshill. Picture: Matthew Usher

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A wonderful first half display blew away Coleshill at The Walks and ensured King’s Lynn Town’s safe passage into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

A wonderful first half display blew away Coleshill at The Walks and ensured King’s Lynn Town’s safe passage into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Liam Molesworthy had an early chance for the visitors but from then on it was one-way traffic.

Leon Mettam grabbed his first of the afternoon after nice interplay between Michael Clunan and Craig Parker freed Fraser Blake-Tracy, who put a perfect cross over for the Lynn striker to tap home.

Less than a minute later it was 2-0 as Mettam turned provider for Ryan Hawkins, who fired past Paul Hathaway.

Mettam got his second of the afternoon on 18 minutes before Cameron Norman made it 4-0 after latching on to a superb pass from Parker.

Coleshill manager Cameron Stuart would have had plenty to say to his side at half-time and he at least managed to shore things up in the second half.

Daniel Tymon reduced the arrears but that was the end of the goalscoring action although Toby Hilliard came close before firing into the side-netting.

But it was another good day at the office for the Linnets with summer signing Norman again one of their star men. His all-action approach typifies what manager Ian Culverhouse wants from his side and he admitted the players knew there was no way back for the visitors at the break.

“We knew they were going to come here and it was going to be like a cup final for them,” he told the club’s website.

“But we needed to get an early goal to assert our authority in the game.

“The two early goals were the killer but what was good was the way we backed it up with the third and the fourth.

“In some respects it’s job done from there.”

The Linnets will find out their second qualifying round opponents at lunchtime today and Norman hopes the club can juggle the demands of a busy league campaign with progress in the cup.

“I think every team wants a good cup run,” he added. “I think the form that we’ve shown in the league and today is testament to that.

“You’d rather be in the hat than not. Hopefully we can get into the later round and get a few good draws for the fans.”

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