King’s Lynn in Trophy draw after excellent away win

Lynn's Lee Stevenson. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Lee Stevenson. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Buxton 1 King's Lynn Town 3

King's Lynn Town booked their place in Monay's final FA Trophy qualifying round draw with this scintillating victory in deepest Derbyshire on Saturday.

Despite going behind to an early hotly-disputed Brad Abbott penalty the visitors brought themselves level thanks to a Toby Hilliard goal and second-half efforts from Lee Stevenson and substitute Leon Mettam confirmed victory over a much-fancied Buxton side.

Midweek snow and morning rain ensured conditions were not the best, but both sides set about their task in a befitting way for a cup tie.

A flowing Town move saw Sam Warburton warm keeper's Jan Budtz's hands from distance with his opposite number Alex Street clawing Nicky Walker's skimming drive away to safety. Stevenson tried his luck which saw Budtz in action again before the home side took the lead from the spot.

Speedy forward Jamie Jackson went to ground rather easily under the challenge of two retreating Lynn defenders, allowing Abbott to send Street the wrong way.

The Linnets responded well – Kurtis Revan collected a wayward back pass but couldn't direct the ball towards the target and Michael Clunan's 35-yard blast was only parried by Budtz with no Town attacker on hand for what would have been a tap-in. However, the in-form Hilliard showed how it should be done minutes later as he beat Budtz from the angle from 12 yards following Lee Smith's exquisite lifted pass. Street heroically denied Keegan Everington from close in as an entertaining first spell drew to a close.

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Lynn returned from the break clearly buoyed by boss Gary Setchell's words and proceeded to control the game.

Hilliard fired over, Clunan lobbed wide and Smith forced a fine Budtz save from 20 yards as they strove for the all-important second goal. They didn't have to wait too much longer to get their noses in front with Stevenson scoring in the most remarkable of circumstances. The experienced midfield man decided to take over corner responsibilities and promptly scored directly from the kick, leaving Budtz in the home goal red faced and the visiting fans in raptures as he gave his team a deserved lead.

Street was then called upon to produce a world class save to deny Bradley Grayson an equaliser. Mettam ensured there was to be no nervy end to the game for Town when, after being on the pitch for a matter of only seconds, he smashed home the Linnets third from close in, despite loud appeals from the home team for a handball offence to complete a remarkable away victory.

Tomorrow evenings scheduled home fixture with Biggleswade Town has been postponed due to the visitors FA Trophy replay with Hitchin Town this evening.

Buxton Town: Budtz, Joel Bembo – Leta, Green, Ravenhill, Burns, Young, Taylor, Abbott, Jackson, Everington (Grayson), Walker . Unused subs: Williams, Doran, Fabrice Bembo – Leta, Brooks

Goal: Abbot (pen) 19

Booking: Ravenhill

King's Lynn Town: Street, Ziolonka, Yong, Gaughran, Quigley, Smith (Emmington), Michael Clunan, Stevenson, Hilliard (Edge), Revan (Mettam), Warburton: Unused subs: McQuaid, Alex Clunan

Goals: Hilliard 33, Stevenson 69, Mettam 85

Booking: Revan

Referee: Mr J Bell (Sheffield)

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