FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town continue to enjoy a stranglehold on non-League giants Hereford.
A 3-0 win in their FA Trophy replay against the Bulls at Edgar Street on Tuesday booked a first round tie at home to National League side Dover Athletic next Saturday.
It was the fifth time the teams have met in the past three seasons, of which Lynn have won four and drawn one – Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at The Walks.
The Linnets were a class apart in the replay, taking a two-goal lead in the opening stages and rarely looking threatened
Lynn made a quick start with Rory McAuley heading home Michael Clunan’s fifth-minute corner.
Three minutes later, Ross Barrows reacted the quickest inside the Hereford area to fire home the second after a Lynn free-kick had struck the woodwork.
Hereford had to wait until the start of the second half to carve out their best chance of the game to end their Linnets jinx.
They were awarded a penalty but Alex Street stood up to the task and turned Peter Vincenti spot kick behind.
Minutes later Lynn nearly went further in front but Brandon Hall made a good save to deny Adam Marriott.
Another chance went begging for the Linnets when Jordan Richards struck a post with a header.
The third goal eventually came after Ryan Hawkins weaved his way into the box and forced Brandon Hall into a good save but Sonny Carey was on hand to slam the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Saturday’s original encounter brought the first goalless match at The Walks for almost a year. You have to go back to December 2018 against Kettering for the last 0-0 draw at The Walks.
The game was tough for both sides with a sticky pitch preventing the sides from playing their passing game.
Chris Henderson had the best chance in the second half for Lynn when he slid an effort past the post when well placed inside the area.
In the dying minutes Hereford’s Taylor Allen screwed a shot wide of the target when he should have scored after being found by a good pass from Saint Kitts and Nevis international Rowan Liburd.
Leaders Lynn are back in National League North action tomorrow when Gateshead are the visitors to The Walks, 3pm.
Club owner Stephen Cleeve said: “Whatever you are doing on Saturday cancel it and come and watch the mighty Lynn played Gateshead.
“It is a huge game, so show the lads that you care and come down with your family.”