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King’s Lynn Town 0 Ashton United 1: Linnets FA Cup dream is over

PUBLISHED: 10:21 07 October 2018

Ryan Hawkins went close against Ashton but was unable to keep King's Lynn Town in the FA Cup Picture: Ian Burt

Ryan Hawkins went close against Ashton but was unable to keep King's Lynn Town in the FA Cup Picture: Ian Burt

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Joint King’s Lynn Town manager Rob Back was left to rue a series of missed chances as interest in the FA Cup came to an end.

Substitute Ramiez Howarth’s superb strike inside the final 20 minutes secured Ashton’s passage into the final qualifying round and left Back in a reflective mood.

“Football is always about fine margins and today has more than emphasised that fact,” he said.

“We have been the better team, given it 100pc but the missed chances have cost us very dearly. Fair play to Ashton, they came here with a plan and have executed it well. If I’m truthful our movement was not as good as it has been today and we could have passed the ball better. We had a good first half but didn’t start the second as well which allowed them to come more into the game.

“It’s an excellent goal their lad has scored and credit to him. I’m disappointed for the supporters and the chairman. We haven’t had a decent cup run for several seasons now and we really wanted to deliver that to them. The lads are extremely disappointed and down but we will train in the week and be ready for the league match next weekend. Cup runs are great, but it’s the league that matters most and we must continue to collect points in order to move us back up the table.”

Town’s front-foot start saw defender Rory McAuley head a Michael Clunan corner wide and moments later the two combined again, this time from the latter’s free-kick. Harry Limb was inches away from a driven Ryan Jarvis centre and some delightful quick passing from Ryan Hawkins and Michael Gash allowed Craig Parker a side-footed effort which was saved comfortably by Welsh under-23 keeper Luke Pilling. Gash then shot wildly over and Hawkins forced Pilling into a diving save to keep out his swirling effort as the hosts ended the half strongly.

But with 18 minutes left, Matthew Chadwick’s low ball found Howarth on the edge of the box and he dispatched a crisp first-time shot into the top corner.

Lynn: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis (Stewart 87), Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Parker (Richards 70), Gash, Limb (Hilliard 76), Hawkins. Subs not used: Thomas, Castellan, McQuaid, Congreve.

Ashton: Pilling, Lees, Regan, Baines, Chalmers, Sheridan, Saugha (Ashworth 84), Jackson, Chadwick, Aughel (Howarth 67), McHale (Hill 73). Subs not used: Jones, Turner. Booked: Sangha. Goal: Howarth 72

Ref: E Swallow (Blackpool), Att: 622.

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