Nathan Fox. Picture: Ian Burt

FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town booked themselves a date with Northern South East Division outfit Leek Town in the FA Cup third qualifying round after beating Alfreton Town 2-1 in a replay. 

This was following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at North Street after David Lynch had cancelled out Adam Marriott’s opening goal. It could have been worse for Lynn with Amari Morgan-Smith blasting over a penalty in the second half.

On Tuesday night in the replay, chances in the opening 45 minutes were few and far between. Alex Street had to be at his best to keep out a Morgan-Smith angled shot in the real first chance of the game. 

Charlie Andrew in the visiting goal made a classy save just before the half time break to deny Alfie Payne. 

The visitors took the lead on 51 minutes when a Joshua Clackstone cross deep into the Lynn penalty area was headed home by Shane Killock.

That seemed to spur the home side into life and just minutes later it was all square. Marriott, who led the front line superbly on his own, fired home a loose ball in the box past Andrew. 

Marriott then turned provider when he created an opening for substitute Nathan Fox to lash past Andrew on 77 minutes. 

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said: “It was a battle but I thought we were superb. The way the lads moved the ball was brilliant: that’s something we’ve been lacking in the last couple of performances. 

“We got done at the far post for the goal which was poor, but we got on the front foot and got two well taken goals. 

“A cup run breeds confidence and we needed a performance like this. They know the standards that they set themselves and they stepped up tonight.”

Lynn’s next fixture is a trip to league leaders York on Saturday in what will prove to be the Linnets’ toughest test. 

Culverhouse said ahead of the trip to Bootham Crescent: “It’s a freebie. They should win the league easily but we are going to give it a right good go. 

“The pressure is off. York is a massive club, ex-football league side. We’ve got nothing to fear going there – it’s a beautiful old stadium. Our season isn’t going to be defined on playing York away.” 

Lynn will monitor the fitness of striker Michael Gash who missed Tuesday’s replay with an ankle injury.