Eastbourne Borough were denied a place in the first round of the FA Trophy after a painful defeat in King’s Lynn on Saturday.
Second-half goals by Russell Dunkley, Steve Spriggs and Sam Mulready put Lynn through to Monday’s draw, at the expense of Tommy Widdrington’s men who ply their two levels higher than the Linnets, in Conference South. Borough were the brighter side in the first half but Lynn defended resolutely – and then turned on the after burners as the game progressed, turning a stubborn defensive performance into a fine attacking performance that yielded three goals.
After only two minutes Lynn were given an eye-opener, when Gary Hart timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap, but shot wide of Street’s right-hand post – an early let-off.
Kez Ibe worked some magic on the Borough right, curling a left-footer that crashed back off Street’s bar, with Watson brilliantly tackling Frankie Raymond to deny him the follow-up.
After the break Turner did well to block Ben Adelsbury’s shot after a quick Borough break. Watson then produced a superb tackle in the area to deny Hart as he bore down on goal and Hamilton then found space at the back post to head goalwards, Street palming it away for a corner.
Then came the breakthrough - Watson and Spriggs played an excellent one-two on the right; Watson advanced into the area, he squared it for Dunkley to turn in from close range. With the clock running down, Lynn were on top although Hart had Borough’s best chance heading Raymond’s cross over.
Within a minute Lynn were 2-0 up. Spriggs was the scorer, slotting past the keeper before Lynn added a third in injury time through Sam Mulready.
Lynn: Street, Watson, Gulliver, Fryatt, Yong, Spriggs (Mulready 88), Bunting, Quigley, Thurlbourne, Beaumont (Turner 44), Dunkley. Subs: Buhlemann, McLeish. Goal: Dunkley 64, Spriggs 85, Mulready 90
BOROUGH: Jordan, Watts, Cole, Adelsbury, Rowe, Uddin, Johnson (Remy 62), Raymond, Hart (Gorman 90), Ibe, Hamilton (Lok 75). Subs: Knight, Noone. Booked: Uddin, 77, foul on Turner; Rowe, 82, dissent