Photo Gallery: King’s Lynn Town 4, Quorn 2
Town manager Gary Setchell believes Jack Defty was 'back to his best' after he helped the Linnets to a 4-2 win over Quorn in a frenetic FA Cup tie at The Walks.
Lynn's goals came from Robbie Harris, Nelson Moriera, Defty and Stephen Spriggs. Sam Leggitt and Kris Nurse replied for the visitors.
Setchell said: 'Jack Defty was a different class today up front. He made two, scored one and was a constant thorn in Quorn's side.'
Joint manager Kevin Boon was also full of praise for the big number nine: 'We decided to put Jack out there and he has repaid us in a fantastic way. You can't ask for more than that from him. I know he was criticised last week, but that was Jack Defty today and that is why he is at King's Lynn Town football club.'
Setchell and Boon selected an attacking line-up including Harris, Defty and Daniel Beaumont. King's Lynn Town also welcomed back captain Ross Watson into an unfamiliar central midfield role, replacing Luke Thurlbourne.
The Linnets started on the front foot, and nearly opened the scoring on seven minutes, Spriggs' superb cross was nodded inches wide by Beaumont. Lynn got the goal their pressure deserved on 13 minutes, it was another Spriggs cross causing the danger, this time Defty headed down and Harris made no mistake from deep inside the six-yard box.
The hosts almost doubled their lead through an unlikely source; Paul Cousins' left foot volley was creeping into the far corner before Matthew Nurse's save. At the other end Alex Street was nearly embarrassed by Ricky Nurse's deep centre, the former Wisbech stopper back-peddled and touched the left-back's effort over the crossbar.
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The away side equalised against the run of play on 28 minutes when Leggitt's drive beat Street after Anthony Marriott's free-kick had been blocked. Four minutes later Kris Nurse silenced The Walks when he gave Quorn the lead with a neat finish after a superb pass from Shawn Richards.
The home side levelled on 36 minutes through Moreira after brilliant work from Defty; the Linnets number nine doing excellently to provide a low cross, which Moreira converted with ease.
That man Defty was at it again minutes later, producing a curling shot into the far corner to give the Linnets the lead they deserved going into half-time.
The hosts started the second half brightly and extended their lead on 48 minutes through Spriggs, the Linnets' wide man fired into the top corner after being played in by Moreira. Defty missed a gilt-edged chance to grab his second and Lynn's fifth after beating Quorn's offside trap, only to fire inches over.
The visitors missed a golden chance to get themselves back into the game when substitute Stef Frost nodded wide with the goal gaping.
The Linnets held out and progressed into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, two rounds away from the first round proper.
• Kings Lynn Town: Street, Bexfield (L Thurlbourne), Yong, Cousins, Wall, White, Spriggs, Watson, Defty (Coe), Harris (Moreira), Beaumont. Subs not used: Hails, Fryatt.
• Quorn: M.Nurse, Thomas, R Nurse (Chiavetta), Smedley, Armstrong, Marriott, Robinson, Leggitt (Frost), K Nurse, Suarex (Dudfield), Richards. Subs not used: Moran, Buckingham, Ross.
• Attendance: 812