FOOTBALL: Gary Mills’ goal settled a bad-tempered FA Cup encounter in favour of Kings Lynn Town on Saturday.
The Linnets and visitors Harlow Town both finished with only nine men after a flurry of red cards.
Lynn’s reward for the 1-0 win is another home draw in the third qualifying round against Conference North outfit Alfreton Town.
Jacek Zielonka’s rasping shot was deflected behind by former Stoke, Hull City and Ipswich defender Ibrahima Sonko, who then denied Toby Hilliard.
Sonko then turned provider to set up Alex Read but he hooked the ball across the face of goal.
Three minutes of madness from Jared Small saw him first to depart early. After being booked for a hefty tackle on Lee Stevenson, he picked up a second yellow card for hauling down Mills.
Stevenson should have put the Linnets in front after the break when Danny Emmington’s long pass was flicked on by substitute Leon Mettam but the midfielder dragged his effort wide.
The decider came after 79 minutes when Emmington’s long pass released Hilliard and his pinpoint cross was nodded home by Mills.
Then three more players saw red. Dylan Edge clipped Sonko from behind and players and officials from both teams were involved in a melee in front of the main stand.
Mills and Mettam were both dismissed and were joined by Harlow’s Syrus Gordon.
Hearts were in Lynn mouths after 89 minutes when the visitors had a goal ruled out for a foul on Alex Street but Lynn held on for victory and more prize money.
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