Linnets' FA Trophy hopes come to an end

Kairo Mitchell of Kings Lynn scores the first goal for his team and celebrates during Hornchurch vs

Kairo Mitchell, right, after scoring King's Lynn Town's opener - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

King’s Lynn Town are out of the FA Trophy after being beaten in a penalty shoot-out at AFC Hornchurch. 

The fourth round clash had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, Kairo Mitchell’s first-half goal cancelled out early in the second half by Liam Nash. 

Kairo Mitchell of Kings Lynn scores the first goal for his team and celebrates during Hornchurch vs

Kairo Mitchell scores for the Linnets - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

It went straight to a penalty shootout – and home keeper Joe Wright donned his Superman cape to keep out spot-kicks by Adam Marriott, Michael Gash and Cameron King and Hornchurch won the shootout 3-0. 

Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse made a number of changes to his starting line-up, with only five players remaining from the team which started the home draw against FC Halifax seven days earlier. 

It was an opportunity to get some minutes into the legs of Michael Clunan, Sam Kelly, Tai Fleming and scorer Mitchell as well as giving some of the front-line troops a rest. 

Rickie Hayles of Hornchurch and Dayle Southwell of Kings Lynn during Hornchurch vs King's Lynn Town,

Rickie Hayles and Lynn striker Dayle Southwell - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Lynn were on the back foot in the early stages, with Hornchurch proving to be a more than capable passing side. 

Lynn’s Dayle Southwell had a sight of goal with a free-kick but put it too high while at the other end Sam Higgins went close. Higgins also tried a snap-shot from long distance which bounced wide of Archie Mair’s left post. 

Kings Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse (R) during Hornchurch vs King's Lynn Town, Buildbase FA Trophy Fo

King's Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse, right, and assistant Paul Bastock during the game at Hornchurch - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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But Lynn went ahead on 18 minutes when Sonny Carey teed up Mitchell with a lovely cross to the back post and the striker nodded it home. 

It signalled a better period for the Linnets, who began to impose their authority on the game. 

Clunan put a free-kick into the side-netting from 20 yards, but Lynn were unable to add to their tally before the break. 

Kairo Mitchell of Kings Lynn and Remi Sutton of Hornchurch during Hornchurch vs King's Lynn Town, Bu

Kairo Mitchell up against Hornchurch's Remi Sutton - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Seven minutes after the restart it was all square, Liam Nash acrobatically volleying home a cross from the right. 

Sam Higgins of Hornchurch and Tai Fleming of Kings Lynn during Hornchurch vs King's Lynn Town, Build

Tai Fleming tracking Sam Higgins - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Culverhouse brought on his big guns, Marriott and Gash, up front to try and finish the job inside 90 minutes, but it was not to be, thanks mainly to keeper Wright, who made brilliant saves to deny Gash, Marriott and Cameron King. 

Lynn were reduced to 10 men in the losing stages of normal time when McAuley was shown a second yellow card – and then it was Wright’s turn to become the hero. 


AFC Hornchurch: Wright, Sutton, Muldoon, Hayles, Christou, Brown, Clark, Higgins, Nash, Winn (Spence 70), Ruff (Stimson 78). Subs not used:  Hassan, Thackway.

Goal: Nash: 52

King's Lynn Town:  Mair, Fleming, Callan-McFadden, McAuley, Brown, Jarvis, Clunan (King 64), Kelly, Carey, Southwell (Marriott 64), Mitchell (Gash 64). Subs not used: Smith, Richards,  Barrows, Kiwomya. 

Goal: Mitchell 18