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FA Trophy 2Q

31st October 2009

Whitby Town 0 2 Kings Lynn

Attendance - 251

Team - Campbell, Lyth, A Gildea(Charlton 46), Ingram, Burgess, Leeson, Hassan, Hackworth, Reay(L Gildea 70), Beadle, Scott(Dalton 65). Subs not used: Hanson, Woodhead.

Report - by Andrew Snaith - An awful display from Whitby Town on Saturday saw them crash out of the FA Trophy at the second hurdle, missing out on 3,000 against opponents who played nearly an hour with ten men.

Shot-shy striker Danny Brunskill was not even amongst the substitutes as fellow forward Shaun Reay, formerly at manager Harry Dunn's old club Blyth Spartans debuted. The one other change from Wednesday's 3-2 defeat against Bradford saw Leon Scott return from suspension at Karl Charlton's expense.

Kings Lynn, managed by the outspoken Carl Heggs, arrived on the back of just one defeat in eight and sitting in fifth place in Whitby's league. Their confidence showed when they grabbed the lead from nowhere inside ten minutes. The Blues' defence went to sleep, allowing an innocous left-wing cross to be headed home superbly by the leaping Kwesi Appiah. At the other end, Reay's shot on the turn just inside the Kings Lynn box was deflected wide.

Nine minutes before half-time came a possible turning point when a foul on Alex Gildea by the left touchline some 20 yards from goal caused a scuffle in which Anthony Robinson shoved Kevin Burgess in the face, right in front of referee Mr Hart. The County Durham official had no hesitation in brandishing a red card to the visiting forward, who had just completed a lengthy ban for violent conduct earlier in the season.

Lynn keeper Danny Gay then parried the resulting driven free-kick from Jimmy Beadle into his own six yard box but was fortunate to see no home players following up. Just before half-time, Reay's powerful shot was pushed away by Gay. The resulting corner came out to Ashley Lyth who squared for Beadle to screw just wide.

Dunn replaced midfielder Gildea with wide-man Karl Charlton at half-time but to little avail as the Norfolk side were awarded a penalty within six minutes of the restart. Lyth was adjudged to have tripped the impressive Owen Storey just inside the Whitby box. However, Appiah's spot kick was well saved by Dave Campbell, on his 402nd appearance, only for the marksman to do what Town's strikers failed to do earlier, and run in to net the rebound.

Despite their man advantage, Whitby continued to play with five defenders on the pitch, replacing midfield man Leon Scott with forward Ged Dalton, but bemusing much of the crowd by pushing defender Denny Ingram into Scott's position. Beadle, Town's top goalscorer despite playing in midfield, came close again forcing Gay to palm wide his close range header.

Reay made way for Liam Gildea in a straight swap up front, but, the Seasiders never looked like truly stretching Gay. A few late efforts in injury time showed some promise, but the best of which was nodded wide by makeshift striker Tony Hackworth.

In all fairness, it appeared the Seasiders could have played on for another 90 minutes and failed to find the net. Brunskill's omission compounded the annoyance of many Town followers, with his club crying out for more of an attacking edge. It was later announced that the ex-Durham City striker, under contract at the Turnbull Ground, was up for sale. Brunskill scored 89 goals in 180 appearances- after signing from Spennymoor in September 2005, he went on to take the top scorer's crown in each of the next three seasons.