King’s Lynn Town face FA Trophy replay
- Credit: Ian Burt
Gary Setchell was left to rue his team's missed chances as the Linnets earned themselves a deserved replay.
Lynn will go into the hat for today's second qualifying round draw, but need to beat Belper at The Walks tomorrow night (7.45pm) if they are to progress.
Ryan Fryatt's stunning strike midway through the first spell appeared to have given Town victory, but Evan Garnett's composed finish 10 minutes from time ensured the sides will have to meet again.
'We have missed some great chances again today and I know that I am now beginning to sound like a stuck record, but it's true,' said the Linnets boss.
'Sam (Mulready) has had two great chances either side of the break and if either had been scored then it's game over in my opinion.
'But we have also had other chances as well and really I cannot be too down.
'On the coach to the game (assistant) Neil Fryatt said to me that if we returned home unbeaten today then that would be a good result and that's what happened. We now have to go again on Tuesday with the same group of players and see where the injured ones are in way of a return to action.'
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The opening spell saw both sides trading blows, with Lee Stevenson firing a shot from a wide angle at keeper Danny Haystead and home striker Connor Johnson stooping to head over Alex Street's bar.
Lynn assumed more control as Liam Hurst forced Haystead into action and Stevenson tried his luck from 25 yards. Hurst teed up Simon Bird close in with the youngster unable to make a clean connection before a Jonathan Williams rocket from fully 30 yards reminded the Linnets of their defensive duties.
With 27 minutes on the clock the visitors took the lead. Michael Clunan's flag-kick fell to David Bridges whose cross found Fryatt's right foot allowing the centre back to plant a delicious half volley beyond Haystead, with the assistance of the underside of the crossbar. Jack Friend then fed Mulready who could only find the side netting.
Mulready blazed a golden chance wide at the start of the second half, but Belper earned the replay when Isaac Minott provided a slide rule pass to Garnett who calmly rolled the ball past Street.
Belper Town: Haystead, Shaw, Cooksey, Williams, Parker, Watt, Hemagou, Goddard, Garnett, Johnson (Minott), Stevenson. Subs not used: Constable, Kabanje, Johnson, Wedderburn. Goal: Garnett 80
King's Lynn Town: Street, Bird, Liam Fryatt, Bridges, Ryan Fryatt, Smith, Clunan, Hurst (Edge), Mulready (Hilliard), Stevenson, Friend (Zielonka). Subs not used: McQuaid, Pearson. Goal: Ryan Fryatt 27. Booking: Bridges
Ref: M Smith (Hinckley); Att: 236