Trophy KO for The Bucks as unbeaten home run ended

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Buxton’s unbeaten home record and interest in the FA Trophy were ended at the Silverlands on Saturday as visitors King’s Lynn struck twice in the second half to win 3-1.

The tenacious Norfolk side belied its current lower-half standing in the Southern League to fight back for the victory.

Although there were elements of good fortune and controversy respectively in their second half goals, there was no denying the visitors deserved their victory.

After an even start, including two promising Nicky Walker goal attempts for The Bucks, the home side took the lead in the 19th minute from the penalty spot.

Brad Abbott’s confident, firm finish came after Jamie Jackson was knocked over.

The impressive Jackson then cut between two defenders, but was thwarted by keeper Street as the home side, with Ricky Ravenhill a powerful,ball-winning force in midfield,looked capable of adding to their lead.

Lynn,however,continued to pose a threat and scored a match-changing equaliser in the 34th minute.

Smith,in space in centre midfield, passed to Hilliard on the left corner of the penalty area and his low shot went in off the far post.

In the 55th minute Ravenhill and Abbott combined, but Walker’s shot was blocked.Striker Bradley Grayson was introduced for Kegan Everington, but Buxton couldn’t shake off the shackles.

Lynn took the lead in unusual fashion from a 69th minute corner as ex-Alfreton midfielder Lee Stevenson’s deep, lofted kick cleared the leaping Jan Budtz to dip untouched under the far angle of post and bar.

The home side mounted a determined response with Grayson’s 18-yard powerful drive beaten out by Street.

However,Lynn sealed victory in the 86th minute through former Worksop marksmanLeon Mettam,who had been introduced justy 60 seconds earlier.

His clear hand-ball was not punished and gave him the control to shoot home from close range.

The substitute almost scored another from a counter-attack on the left, but Budtz blocked his fiercely-driven effort.