King's Lynn 0, Gloucester 1
Lynn's FA Cup hangover deepened last night after Gloucester launched a British Gas Business Southern League, Premier Division smash-and-grab raid.Aaron Wilson rifled home an 87th-minute winner to condemn the Linnets to their second defeat in four days.
Lynn's FA Cup hangover deepened last night after Gloucester launched a British Gas Business Southern League, Premier Division smash-and-grab raid.
Aaron Wilson rifled home an 87th-minute winner to condemn the Linnets to their second defeat in four days.
Gloucester boss Tim Harris raced from the away dug-out in a Jose Mourinho-style touchline celebration with his goalscorer as Lynn's lowest league gate of the season watched in stunned silence.
The 693 hardy souls were forced to stomach 90 minutes from the home side as cold and unattractive as the wintry weather.
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This was a galaxy away from the heady heights of Oldham in front of the Sky cameras just 11 days earlier.
Caretaker boss Shaun Carey got the perfect pre-match boost when Lynn's 18-goal strikeforce Jack Defty and Michael Frew were passed fit. Defty (knee) returned after missing Saturday's Clevedon defeat, with his free-running partner shaking off a dead leg.
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Matt Nolan made way along with Sam McMahon, as Matt O'Halloran slotted back in on the right side of a re-shaped midfield featuring Steve Melton and Mark Camm in tandem.
Alex Sykes' audacious clip from fully 25 yards set the tone in the opening exchanges, with Shaun Marshall having to fly to his right to claw away the effort before Mark Warren cleared for a corner.
Defty was pressed into an emergency defensive shift to divert Neil Mustoe's dangerous free-kick behind as the lively visitors grew in confidence.
Tigers' new Bristol Rovers loan signing Ollie Barnes cleared O'Halloran's probing centre before Alex Notman's long-range hit cannoned off Tom Hamblin.
Dean West's miscued cross sailed into the terracing to sum up Lynn's lethargic start - devoid of any cohesion or attacking verve.
Matthew Bath dropped on Notman's in-swinging ball with Defty lurking.
Jason Welsh finally pressed Marshall into meaningful action when he turned Grant Cooper on the edge of the box after Michael Noakes had galloped down the right.
Marshall incurred referee Bryan's ire on the half-hour when he was booked for apparent dissent after contesting the award of a dubious Gloucester corner.
Notman blazed over from Frew's first-time cut-back before the marauding Warren's header skewed wide at the far post under pressure from Mustoe.
Barnes evened up the caution crime sheet with a crude hack that left Defty sprawled in agony clutching his right knee.
O'Halloran's whipped first-time delivery was again met by a visiting head as Lynn finally threatened to move out of neutral in the closing stages of a pedestrian opening stanza.
Defty climbed well but headed wide six yards out after Notman's cute trickery down the left in stoppage-time.
Tom Webb escaped the close attentions of Warren shortly after the restart, but his angled drive struck the side netting.
West intelligently fashioned space 18 yards out only to fire over.
Melton's scuffed right-footer bobbled wide from Defty's shovelled pass as Lynn tried to inject a sense of urgency.
Charlie Defty's bravery averted disaster for the hosts with a timely goal-line block after Marshall spilled Sykes' piledriver.
The Gloucester man had no excuse seconds later when he fired over with the goal at his mercy.
Carey was forced into a positional switch when the hobbling Charlie Defty departed after his defensive heroics - Camm reverting to full-back with Rodney Hicks entering the fray.
Bath gathered Notman's tame effort before O'Halloran's curler grazed the far upright with Lynn's best chance of a sparse evening in front of goal.
Gloucester landed a sickening sucker punch three minutes from time when second-half arrival Wilson slammed home from close range after Marshall had palmed out Michael Palmer's low driven cross.
King's Lynn: Marshall, West, C Defty (Hicks 63), Warren, Cooper, Camm, J Defty, Melton, Frew (Nolan 76), Notman (Norris 68), O'Halloran. Subs (not used): Higgs, McMahon. Booking: Marshall
Gloucester: Bath, Thompson, Noakes, Mustoe, Hamblin, Barnes, Sykes (Wilson 71), Webb, Welsh (Cox 82), Reid, Wilkinson (Fowler 78). Subs (not used): Harris, Khan. Bookings: Barnes, Noakes. Goal: Wilson (87)
Referee: D Bryan (Lincs)