Nathan Stewart. Picture: Ian Burt

FOOTBALL: Hopes of a money-spinning FA Cup first round tie against a Football League giant for King’s Lynn Town were dashed in Cheshire on Saturday.

The Linnets struggled to match lower-level Nantwich Town and went out of the competition in the final qualifying round for the third time in 10 years.

Lynn were without injured defenders Ryan Fryatt and Chris Smith, with Ryan Jarvis also sidelined. It meant another start at the heart of defence for makeshift centre back Ross Barrows alongside Rory McAuley.

Troy Bourne scored the only goal of the game for the Northern Premier League outfit, converting at the back post after Lynn failed to clear a cross seven minutes before half-time.

Nantwich almost scored again on the stroke of half-time but Matt Devine failed to get a touch in front of a gaping goal.

Lynn’s best chances saw top scorer Adam Marriott hit a post in the first half, with substitute Natty Stewart’s late effort being tipped over the bar by home goalkeeper Greg Hall.

Even though the Linnets FA Cup adventure is over, the club’s coffers were boosted by an additional £6,250 as fourth qualifying round losers, adding to their prize money in the previous two rounds of £18,000.

The Linnets are back in Conference North action tomorrow with a trip to Kidderminster Harriers.

Their next game at The Walks is next Saturday when Altrincham are the visitors.

Admission will be free for all armed forces personnel, on production of a valid ID card.

There will also be a collection for the Poppy Appeal as it is the closest home game to Remembrance Sunday. 

λ Linnets legends will be back at the club on November 7 for the club’s first Thursday Night Live! event.

Keith Rudd, Freddie Easthall and Dave Clarke will give talks about their time with Lynn and take questions from the floor. 

Hosted by club media officer Mark Hearle, there will also be an introduction from Linnets historian David Wright. 

Tickets are £10, which includes a curry and a pint, with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets must be bought in advance. They will be available at the home game against Altrincham. 

Future events, include a question and answer session with the club’s chairman Stephen Cleeve.