King’s Lynn Town 3 Daventry United 1
King's Lynn Town comfortable progressed to the next stage of the United Counties League Cup.
The returning Brady Stone, Pat Bexfield and Scott Cubberley were all on target for the Linnets with Nicky Baillie grabbing a consolation.
Joint boss Gary Setchell took the opportunity to rest first team regulars. 'Its always difficult when you start players who haven't had much time on the pitch,' said Setchell. 'But I thought all of the ones I did use today put in a decent shift and didn't let anybody down. It is fair to say that this competition is not that high on our list of priorities. Obviously the league is number one, along with the Vase.
'The Norfolk Senior Cup is another competition where we want to do well because I know that a night at Carrow Road for a cup final is a special experience and one which our supporters would enjoy greatly. But winning games is important for a variety of reasons – so really for me the word for today is 'satisfied'.'
Central defenders Stone and Martin McNeil both picked up injuries as the Linnets' defensive injury jinx struck again. 'The good news on Brady is that its only a calf pull and he should be ok again for next week – it's nothing to do with his old ankle and foot injuries. Martin has a nasty gash on his shin but he is a tough lad and he will be fine, I am sure,' said Setchell.
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Daventry had the first chance in a quiet opening when Tim Orford forced Alex Street to push the ball onto a post and away to safety.
Moments later they were made to regret that miss as Stone controlled Steve Sprigg's corner before lashing the ball past keeper Lee Farrow.
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Farrow then fumbled the ball, which allowed Robbie Harris the chance to prod the ball goalwards. But Andy Mckinley cleared from the line.
Thurlbourne was introduced for Billy Smith and two minutes later his prompting allowed Harris space on the left to send in a cross which was met by a stooping Bexfield for a goal his afternoon's work deserved.
Bexfield turned provider on 64 minutes as his deep cross eluded Farrow and Cubberley converted with his head from under the bar.
Baillie reduced the arrears, but had a Thurlbourne special hit the net instead of a post the winning margin would have been greater. The Linnets now play Irchester Town, who they visit in the league on Saturday, at home in the next round.
• King's Lynn Town: Street, Buhlemann, Alsop, Luke Thurlbourne, McNeil, Stone (White), Spriggs, Bexfield, Cubberley (Defty), Harris, Smith (Jamie Thurlbourne).Unused subs: Doherty, Minns.
• Daventry United: Farrow, Jones (Hunt), Coleman, Mckinley, Harris (Irvine), Baillie, Crockett, Waldock, Frost, Briscoe, Orford. Unused subs: Hill, Foster, Young.
• Referee: J Amess, Spalding. Att: 548.