Matchday recap! Portsmouth v King's Lynn Town

Dayle Southwell goal

Dayle Southwell scores Lynn's consolation at Portsmouth - Credit: Ian Burt

King’s Lynn Town’s FA Cup dream is over after a 6-1 defeat at League One Portsmouth. 

It was a brave performance by the Linnets against League One’s highest goalscorers. 

But the gulf in class was obvious and leaves Lynn able to concentrate on more realistic matters in the National League. 

Lynn got off to the worst possible start, conceding after just two minutes when Cam Pring’s corner was headed home from Rasmus Nicolaisen. 

But to their credit, Lynn didn’t wilt and created a number of chances of their own as they went toe to toe with their hosts for the first half an hour. 

Teenage midfielder Sonny Carey glanced a header just wide of the far post while Simon Power flashed a shot inches wide of the same stick. 

But, arguably against the run of play, Lynn were 2-0 down when they failed to stop a cross coming in from the left. The ball was cleared only as far as Pompey slipper Tom Naylor who placed the sweetest of shots into the top left corner. 

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Pompey stepped it up as half-time approached, but were denied a third when Kyle Callan-McFadden gave away possession in defence and Ronan Curtis’s long-range effort was brilliantly tipped on to the bar by the on-loan Norwich City keeper. 

Lynn’s goal led a charmed life at times, with the penalty area like a pinball machine, but the half-time score was still perhaps a little harsh. 

Seven minutes into the second half former Norwich City defender Sean Raggett rose high at the far post to head home Pring’s corner and make it 3-0. 

Seven minutes later Marcus Harness added a fourth when Rory McAuley, having won possession in midfield, turned the wrong way, lost the ball and Pompey quickly played it to the impressive midfielder who fired a low shot past Mair. 

Lynn made a double change and it was sub Dayle Southwell who got them on the scoresheet, rifling home from the left of the area. 

But Pompey added a fifth from the penalty spot, Ellis Harrison getting on the scoresheet after a foul by Ross Barrows on Pring with 18 minutes remaining. 

Carey fired one just over after a good run down the right by Power, but Pompey soon made it 6-1, when sub Jordy Hiwula curled one past Mair.