FA Cup: Rampant Lowestoft Town advance, as Norwich United’s adventure ends

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Chris Henderson scored Lowes

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Chris Henderson scored Lowestoft's first. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft Town cruised into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with a comfortable five-goal victory over Evo-Stik Northern League First Division side Coalville Town.

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Jefferson Louis scored Lowes

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Jefferson Louis scored Lowestoft's third. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The Blues made two changes to their starting line-up with Sam Gaughran returning to the central defence and Erkan Okay replacing the injured Rossi Jarvis in central midfield. Rickie Hayles dropped to full-back with Jack Ainsley moving into midfield and Shaun Bammant dropping to the bench.

The Trawlerboys started at a high tempo and went ahead after just seven minutes. A series of crosses flashed across the Coalville penalty area with Adam Smith's final cross turned into the net by Chris Henderson for his 50th goal in a Lowestoft shirt.

Lowestoft suffered another injury blow after just 13 minutes with Curtis Haynes-Brown being replaced by Joe Marsden.

The home side increased their lead in the 16th minute following a series of free-kicks against the visitors with Adam Smith's kick being headed home at the near post by Sam Gaughran.

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Erkan Okay battles in Midfie

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Erkan Okay battles in Midfield for Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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A rare Coalville attack saw Craig Marshall try his luck from 25 yards which was parried at full length by Jake Jessup. A poor clearance by keeper Sean Bowles under pressure from Henderson ended with Jack Ainsley lobbing the ball back over the keeper but being headed off the line by Cameron Stuart.

Lowestoft started the second half on the front foot with Ainsley seeing one shot saved at the foot of the post and another rising too high.

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The Blues were not to be denied though and increased their lead in the 51st minute. Dan Gleeson split the visiting defence for Jefferson Louis, racing clear to shoot home from 12 yards.

Lowestoft continued to press with a fourth goal arriving in the 71st minute. Erkan Okay raced clear into the penalty area only to be brought down by Bowles, with the keeper being shown the red card. Cameron Stuart put on the keeper's jersey but was well beaten by Ainsley's penalty kick.

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Dan Gleeson on the attack fo

FA Cup replay action between Lowestoft Town (blue) and Coalville Town - Dan Gleeson on the attack for Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The lively Henderson had been the victim of some harsh tackling and finally made way for Shaun Bammant in the 78th minute.

Substitutes Marsden and Dawid Radomski both went close to increasing the lead but it was the third substitute, Bammant, who put the icing on the cake with a fifth goal in the final minute running on to Okay's fine through ball to side foot past the stand in keeper.

Lowestoft will now visit Tamworth in the third qualifying round, in a match scheduled to be played on Saturday October 11.

• Norwich United's excellent run in the FA Cup was brought to an end at Plantation Park, losing 2-0 to Barwell in their second qualifying round replay.

Goals in either half did the job for the visitors, who play two levels higher than the Planters alongside King's Lynn Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

In United's league, the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division, Diss Town fell to a ninth successive defeat.

The Tangerines went 1-0 up against Kirkley & Pakefield at Brewers Green Lane but then the home support saw the Royals hit back to win 4-1.

Matt Dixon beat Diss ahead from the penalty spot only to see Ross Gilfedder equalise. Dixon then had another chance from the penalty spot but wasted the chance and Kirkley capitalised.

Gilfedder added a second before the break and completed his hat-trick to make it 4-1, after Kyle Baker had scored the third for the visitors.

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