King’s Lynn Town pulled off a stunning FA Cup giant-killing this afternoon as substitutes Adam Marriott and Sonny Carey combined to earn a 1-0 victory at League Two high-flyers Port Vale, reports Chris Milsom from Vale Park.
The pair came off the bench after 69 minutes and 13 minutes later Marriott’s tricky run into the penalty area saw him pick out Carey to fire the ball high into the net for the only goal of the game.
Delighted Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse said: “We were magnificent. To a man, the players were superb and I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“You don’t get too carried away with the highs and you don’t get too carried away with the lows but they deserve all the plaudits they get today, every one one of them.
“They were magnificent weren’t they? To a man they were superb, they really were. I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“Archie Mair was magnificent in the first half. He had a lot to do but was comfortable to do it. Then in the second half our back-line defended ever so well; everything they threw in the box we made first contact on. It was an outstanding performance.”
Disgruntled home manager John Askey saw things differently and felt his team had done enough to win: “We had enough chances but, if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net, you are always susceptible to a breakaway and that is what happened.
“It is always a possibility if you don’t score but that was their only break, their only shot at goal in the second half.”
Lynn earned £16,972 in prize money for the victory and go into Monday’s second round draw, when they will be ball No.38. The draw is due to start at 7.10pm.
This is the furthest Town have gone in the famous knockout competition but the former King’s Lynn club reached the second round eight times between 1958 and 1997 but only once progressed to the money-spinning third round – in 1961/2 when they lost 4-0 at Everton.