FOOTBALL: Two professional performances were enough to keep King’s Lynn Town at the summit of the Southern League Premier Division and through to the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter finals.
At a damp and windy Basingstoke Town on Saturday, captain Michael Clunan set the ball rolling towards a 2-1 victory after 25 minutes, scoring his third penalty kick in as many games after home captain Marcus Johnson-Schuster was penalised for bringing down Ryan Hawkins.
Lynn could have doubled their lead moments later when a long-range effort from Leon Mettam was turned on to the base of a post by goalkeeper Colm McAdden.
The hosts drew themselves level four minutes into the second half in controversial circumstances. A ball into the box saw Sam Argent and Alex Street go for it with the Lynn goalkeeper ending up grounded and the ball going into the path of Ben Wright to score.
In the next attack Lynn restored their lead. Michael Gash headed against the crossbar from Ryan Jarvis’ centre but the rebound fell at the feet of Sam Gaughran who stabbed home.
Six goals, two missed penalties and a red card were served up on Tuesday as a much-changed Linnets team saw off the challenge of Anglian Combination side Attleborough Town 5-1 at The Walks.
With manager Ian Culverhouse an interesting spectator in the stand, the running of the team was left to Simon Lappin.
A hat-trick for Tom Siddons, a fine goal from substitute Harry Baldry and an own goal was enough to put the cup holders through.
Jack Flynn scored a consolation for the visitors, whose goalkeeper Josh Guiness saved two penalties, denying Eoin McQuaid with his legs then getting down low to his left to save from Siddons.
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