FOOTBALL: Ian Culverhouse is on his way back to Carrow Road after his King’s Lynn Town team booked a place in the Norfolk Senior Cup final in nail-biting fashion.
The former Norwich City star saw the Linnets beat Norwich United 5-4 in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out after the teams had tied 1-1 after extra-time at the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe.
The final is at Carrow Road on Monday, May 22.
Lynn took the lead after 28 minutes when Ryan Fryatt powered home a header past Andy Wilton.
Toby Hilliard should have doubled Lynn’s lead minutes before the break, but fired wide with just Wilton to beat.
The Linnets started the second half brightly and were unlucky not to double their lead.
Sam Warburton was denied by a fine save from Wilton that saw the United keeper turn his shot on to the bar with his fingertips.
With the game drawing to a close, United got an equaliser.
A corner was not dealt with and Sam Watts poked home the ball into the net to send the game into extra time.
Alex Street was called upon to make a full stretch save in the opening period of extra time to prevent David Radomski from scoring.
Then in the second period the Lynn goalkeeper again had to be at his best to deny Adam Hipperson.
The game was settled from the penalty spot. Both sides had missed two kicks to force a sudden-death decider and Watts fired over the bar after Fryatt had made it 5-4.
Fryatt had also been the unlikely Linnets’ hero on Saturday, scoring both goals in a 2-1 Southern League win at Cinderford Town.
Fryatt helped himself to a brace of second-half headers for Lynn, who had found themselves down to 10 men after Street was sent off and youth team goalkeeper Charlie Congreve came on for his first team debut.
Karnell Chambers put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot, but Fryatt nodded home a powerful header from Sam Warburton’s hanging cross and then headed in the second in stoppage time from a perfectly placed free-kick from Michael Clunan.
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