FOOTBALL: A late change of venue failed to knock King’s Lynn Town out of their rhythm on Tuesday as they secured a place in the fourth round of the FA Trophy, reports Lewis Hawkins.
Their tie at Alfreton Town on Saturday had been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and, when it had failed to recover by lunchtime on Tuesday, the re-arranged match was swiftly moved to the artificial surface of nearby Northern Premier League side Basford United.
The Linnets made a bright start and took the lead in the third minute when Chris Smith put a lovely ball through for Adam Marriott to slot brilliantly past goalkeeper George Willis.
Lynn dominated the early parts of the game with Alex Brown putting in a good cross for Kairo Mitchell who could just not connect with the ball.
Alfreton started to grow into the game with lots of build-up play around the box but failed to test Archie Mair in the Lynn goal.
The second half started brightly as Lynn dominated again. Mitchell had an effort from distance and Brown had a headed chance at goal but neither could find the net.
Jordan Richards had a great chance to double the lead but his header looped just over the goal.
The second goal eventually came after 67 minutes when Mitchell made a magnificent pass across the pitch to find Marriott and he ran in on goal and slotted the ball under Willis.
Some sloppy defending by Lynn allowed Bobby Johnson to pull one back for the hosts.
After a tense few minutes Ross Barrows sealed victory when he tapped in a parried shot to make it 3-1.
Lynn will face Hornchurch away in the fourth round on Saturday, January 16.