FA Trophy: Gateshead 2 King’s Lynn Town 0

Dan Hanford (red top) of Gateshead FC stops a low cross during the first round FA Trophy match at Ga

Dan Hanford (red top) of Gateshead FC stops a low cross during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Unfortunately not all fairy stories come true and so it was proved as King's Lynn Town exited this season's FA Trophy competition despite a fighting display in the North East.

Jamal Fyfield (r) of Gateshead FC and Kurtis Revan of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA

Jamal Fyfield (r) of Gateshead FC and Kurtis Revan of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

The Linnets, cast as the plucky David in the aptly named International Stadium, were finally overcame by the mighty Goliath, or in this instance Gateshead, but not before the visiting underdogs had more than held their own, making the giant a little unsteady on his feet in an inspiring performance.

As was to be expected the hosts began quickly as Mitch Browning gave Alex Street some comfortable work and Gus Mafuta fired wide following a powerful run.

Town then settled and enjoyed what would be their most dominant period of the game.

Jamal Fyfield (l) of Gateshead FC and Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA

Jamal Fyfield (l) of Gateshead FC and Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Sam Warburton cut inside and fired just wide, Shaun McWilliams was just inches away following Toby Hilliard's lay-off and minutes later the roles were reversed when James Bolton toed the ball to safety as Hilliard lurked after McWilliams' through ball.


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McWilliams was superb in Town's midfield and along with assistant boss Lee Stevenson and Michael Clunan, both also in fine form, Lynn had the sniff of an upset.

A Clunan free-kick which was headed over by Ryan Hawkins reinforced the feeling so it was a real body blow when the 'Heed' took the lead on 36 minutes from nothing.

Emanuel Smith (l) of Gateshead FC doesn't react to scoring to make it 2-0 while King's Lynn Town FC

Emanuel Smith (l) of Gateshead FC doesn't react to scoring to make it 2-0 while King's Lynn Town FC players look to the linesman for an offside flag during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

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A quick free-kick found Mafuta in space and he fired a powerful, low ball into the six-yard box which was met emphatically by debutant Jordan Burrow who buried the ball past a helpless Street.

Half-time substitute Nyall Bell rattled Street's near post moments after the restart but again Town weathered the early storm and proceeded to go toe-to-toe with the home side.

McWilliams tried his luck from range as keeper Dan Hanford collected. Town now had some momentum and sure enough a golden opportunity to equalise arrived.

Toby Hilliard (l) and Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match

Toby Hilliard (l) and Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Hawkins made some room for himself on the right and delivered an inch-perfect pass to Hilliard who horribly fluffed his lines to become a hero as he somehow scooped the ball wide from three yards as he finally eluded his marker Manny Smith.

The miss seemed to stir the hosts from their slumber with Burrow going close twice in the space of three minutes, the second effort hitting the base of Lynn's post with Street beaten.

Wes Atkinson fired over and Stevenson did the same as the visitors became restricted to long-range efforts.

Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC reacts to failing to connect to a cross during the first round

Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC reacts to failing to connect to a cross during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

With the minutes ticking down Lynn saw their hopes of gaining anything from the game extinguished as Smith prodded home from close in following a home corner.

Late on Jamal Fyfield almost added a third, which would have been harsh, as he barrelled his way through a tiring Town defence only to see his shot deflected away to safety.

Gateshead: Hanford, Bolton, Manny Smith, Fyfield, York (Hannant), Brundle, Jones (Bell), Atkinson, Burrow ( Danny Johnson), Penn, Mafuta. Unused subs: Johnson, Smith.

Sam Gaughran of King's Lynn Town FC appeals for a foul during the first round FA Trophy match at Ga

Sam Gaughran of King's Lynn Town FC appeals for a foul during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Lynn: Street, Zielonka (Revan), Yong, Gaughran(Fryatt), Quigley, McWilliams, Clunan, Stevenson, Hilliard, Hawkins (Emmington), Warburton. Unused subs: Edge, Congreve.

Referee: Paul Marsden

Attendance: 277

King's Lynn Town FC fans prior to the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium

King's Lynn Town FC fans prior to the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

King's Lynn Town FC. Picture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd

King's Lynn Town FC. Picture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

King's Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell (l) and head physio Phil Ward prior to the first round FA Tro

King's Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell (l) and head physio Phil Ward prior to the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Michael Clunan of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead Internatio

Michael Clunan of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Emanuel Smith (l) of Gateshead FC and Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA

Emanuel Smith (l) of Gateshead FC and Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

James Bolton (l) of Gateshead FC and Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round

James Bolton (l) of Gateshead FC and Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC shooting during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead

Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC shooting during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Wes Atkinson (r) of Gateshead FC and Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA

Wes Atkinson (r) of Gateshead FC and Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Wes York (l) and Jamal Fyfield (r) of Gateshead FC and Ryan Hawkins (c) of King's Lynn Town FC durin

Wes York (l) and Jamal Fyfield (r) of Gateshead FC and Ryan Hawkins (c) of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Jamal Fyfield (r) of Gateshead FC and Ryan Hawkins (l) of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round

Jamal Fyfield (r) of Gateshead FC and Ryan Hawkins (l) of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead Internation

Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Jamal Fyfield (l) of Gateshead FC and Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round

Jamal Fyfield (l) of Gateshead FC and Shaun McWilliams of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

King's Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell (l) commiserates Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC after t

King's Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell (l) commiserates Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC after the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC thanks the travelling fans after the first round FA Trophy matc

Lee Stevenson of King's Lynn Town FC thanks the travelling fans after the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Emanuel Smith (l) of Gateshead FC scoring to make it 2-0 during the first round FA Trophy match at G

Emanuel Smith (l) of Gateshead FC scoring to make it 2-0 during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC fails to connect to a cross during the first round FA Trophy ma

Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC fails to connect to a cross during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Sam Gaughran of King's Lynn Town FC appeals for a foul during the first round FA Trophy match at Gat

Sam Gaughran of King's Lynn Town FC appeals for a foul during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

Russell Penn (r) of Gateshead FC attempts to block a shot from Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC

Russell Penn (r) of Gateshead FC attempts to block a shot from Toby Hilliard of King's Lynn Town FC during the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

A general view of the Gateshead International Stadium prior to the first round FA Trophy match at Ga

A general view of the Gateshead International Stadium prior to the first round FA Trophy match at Gateshead International Stadium, GatesheadPicture by Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd 07807 67178210/12/2016 - Credit: Simon Moore/Focus Images Limited

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