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Kings Lynn 1 Harriers 5    FA Cup 4th qualifying rd


Date: 25-10-08gif Venue: The Walks Stadiumgif att: 1460gif away fans: ?
Harriers smash five past Lynn
When we were first drawn to play Kings Lynn in this FA Cup qualifier we all thought that there was a good chance of going out at the first hurdle.  It wouldn't be what we wanted, or needed, but we knew that we would be facing tough opposition.  Apart from the opening two minutes that premonition was never going to happen.

Could it have been that the hype was getting to Lynn or could it have been the fact that they had lost both of their games since the draw.  It was more likely because we had got Justin Richards fit again and raring to go after missing some games with a hamstring injury.

He started the game for us while Stefan Moore dropped to the bench alongside the six others.  That the bench contained seven players was down to some new rules for this years FA Cup that will be rolled out next season in the Premiership to help those poor clubs cope with having to accommodate squads of seventy five.

Also missing from the defeat at Kettering last week was Neil Mackenzie after being told by Notts County that he couldn't play.  Andy Ferrell came back into the side in his place.

Blue Square North side Kings Lynn were without the former Harriers defender Simon Weaver and also Mark Peters, formerly of Cambridge Utd and Rushden.

The game kicked off with Harriers fans almost in a state of shock after Lynn went close to scoring right from the start.  Keith Lowe cleared Michael Frew's shot off the line and out for a corner and then from that corner Adam Bartlett just managed to keep a header from Jack Defty out.

It didn't take long to put that aberration behind us and we then took charge of the game with our next chance falling for Matt Barnes-Homer but he couldn't quite get to Brian Smikles cross.  Just after that Lynn suffered a major set back when Defty had to go off for treatment to a back injury.

While Lynn were down to ten men we had a chance from a corner but Luke Jones scooped his shot and it went well over.  Joe Francis then came on for the non-returning Defty.

On twenty eight minutes we took the lead through Barnes-Homer and after that we never looked back.  Martin Brittain sent over a cross that Justin Richards headed down to Barnes-Homer who then hit it first time beyond Scott Howie and into the net.

Two minutes later and the lead was doubled when Russ Penn sent the Harriers into a 2-0 lead on the half hour mark.  We had broke quickly to race up-field with MBH running on to the ball but he hesitated and sent in a weak shot that wasn't even on target.  Penn, seeing it rolling slowly out, got to it in time and slotted the ball home into an empty net.

Kings Lynn looked a spent force already and when they did get a chance to get back into the game their shooting was way off target.  Francis' header was weak and never really troubled Adam Bartlett.

Five minutes from the end of the half and Martin Brittain grabbed his second goal of the season and the third goal in this game when he collected Richards pass into the area and sent the ball into the top left corner of Howie's goal.  MBH could have scored his second of the game had he not chipped the ball wide following a fast run into the area.

Justin Richards too could have scored on the stroke of half time but his sidefooted shot was weak and also went the wrong side of the post.
HT: 0 - 3
For the second half the home side made a change with the ex Villa striker Julian Joachim coming on in place of Andy Fisk.  The change was to make no difference to the game and within minutes of the re-start we had stormed into a commanding 4-0 lead.

That was down to an error from the former Bristol Rovers keeper, Howie, when he only managed to punch a corner as far as Brian Smikle who pounced and put it beyond him and into the net.

Kings Lynn started to get a bit upset with the way the game was going for them and some rough tackles started to go in.  It was from one of these, a foul on Luke Jones, that resulted in the defender getting sent off - the first Harriers player to receive such a caution this season.

Michael Frew had been niggling away at Jones for a while and when he started to pull Lukes shirt it spilled over and Jones stupidly bit.  He grabbed Frew by the throat and immediately the referee pulled out a red card and sent the former Shrewsbury man off.  Frew got away with it but when he went in hard on Keith Lowe a minute later he was given a yellow card.

Justin Richards made up for that set back a few minutes later by grabbing the fifth goal of the game for us when he collected a pass from Smikle, drew the keeper and then sent it underneath him to finish off our scoring for the day.

Lynn managed to pull a goal back against the run of play after the Harriers defence fell momentarily asleep when Francis got on to the end of Charlie Defty's cross to head the ball beyond the reach of Bartlett.

With the game won and time running down Mark Yates took off Richards and bought on Stefan Moore in his place.  The former Villa man could have added a sixth goal for us but was forced off the ball by a home defender after being played in on goal by Andy Ferrell.

With just a last minute header from Ben Sedgemore to deal with the final whistle blew on the game and a 5-1 victory.  We now go into the hat for the 1st round draw at lunchtime tomorrow and let's hope that we can get either an easy game at home or an away draw at the likes of Leeds and Leicester to get some much needed money into the club.
FT: 1 - 5

 Goal for Kings Lynn: Francis 66
 Goals for Harriers: Barnes-Homer 28, Penn 30, Brittain 40, Smikle 48, Richards 62

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Kings Lynn  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Howie     Bartlett  
C Defty     Lowe  
Chapman     Baker  
Graham     Ferrell  
Crane gif   Creighton  
Sedgemore     Jones gif
Frew gif   Brittain  
Fisk gif     Brittain gif  
J Defty gif     Barnes-Homer  
Smith     Penn gif gif
Turner gif     Richards gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Murray     Coleman  
Joachim gif     McDermott  
Bloomfield gif     Bennett gif  
Francis gif     Bowler  
Kelly     Riley gif  
Camm     Knights  
      Moore gif  

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