Oxford City 1 King's Lynn 0

A penalty miss in injury time stunned the Linnets at Oxford on Saturday. They watched in despair as Jimmy Wilson's spot kick thudded against the underside of the bar and rebounded into the goalmouth.
The difference between a defeat and a draw was the thickness of the bar. Dejectedly the Linnets realised that the lifeline thrown to them had not been grasped and they were out of the F.A. Trophy in the 1st qualifying round stage.
It was a scrappy game and had it finished at the 90th minute with Oxford the winners by virtue of their early gift goal then Lynn would have shrugged it off and probably soon forgotten it.
But the drama of play in the four minutes of injury time was difficult to accept.
Skipper Mick Wright, whose commitment to the game was such an inspiration, was so shattered that he did not leave the pitch for some 15 minutes after his colleagues had filed into the changing room. He sat on a seat near the touchline, later accepting some tea bought out by trainer Jack Thorn.
It was Wright's powerful play that earned the penalty chance. While some Linnets were feeling the pace he surged forward from his defensive role and won a corner on the left. Keith Rudd was w=quickly out to send over a centre and there was Wright again going for a header when he was pushed in the back.
The foul was spotted by the referee who had no doubts about giving Lynn the penalty.
The next question was: who would take it?
Because Duncan Wiles was not playing through injury and Roy McManus had limped off during the game, it fell to jimmy Wilson who had earlier volunteered to be the "reserve" in such circumstances.
His shot went above keeper Dave Dunsworth and rebounded off the bar back into the goalmouth where there soon developed a scramble by players from both teams. The referee stopped play for another infringement and awarded Oxford a free-kick A few seconds later it was all over.

So apart from last season, Lynn's unhappy record in this competition for non-League clubs continues. It was always going to be difficult once Bob Pratley had nipped in to reach an intended pass from McManus to Phil Ringwood and steered the ball into the net.
That came in the third minute and the Isthmian league side kept the heat on with a corner by the dangerous winger Kenny Uzzell being touched onto the bar by Ringwood.
In the 20th minute good play by Uzzell and dye left the way clear for green who tried a spectacular volley instead of taking his time and missed the ball altogether.
From this let-off until the interval, Lynn dominated play and the Oxford defence began to look suspect. Rudd glanced in a header which was just wide and twice Johnston turned in free kicks which caused problems. But their strong rally did not produce an equaliser and the interval disrupted their rhythm.
It was Oxford who looked dangerous on breakaways and they had the bonus of the lead which allowed them to play a steady game.
Uzzell put in one shot which crashed into the side netting and later the Lynn full backs Britton and Wilson were to clear desperately from the goalmouth.
But Lynn could have equalised when Oxford defender Jefferies slipped and allowed Rudd to get possession. Clive Adams, his striking partner, took over and tried to chip a shot over Ounswith, but it curled over the bar.
Manager Barry Bridges came on for McManus, who is still not fully fit, and he soon joined Rudd in a move which ended with Martyn Wiles going in and being stopped by a brave save from the keeper.
As the action flowed to the other end, Dyce shot weakly towards Ringwood when he had a great opening. This incident finished with Green and Adams being involved in a skirmish which ended with both being booked. Then came the penalty and there was another booking over that, Jefferies being cautioned

Oxford: Ounsworth, Burns, Blay, Jefferies, Selby, Oliver, Lever, Pratley, Green, Dyce, Uzzell, sub Prescott
Lynn: Ringwood, Britton, Johnston, Wright, Wilson, Watts, Goose, M Wiles, McManus (sub Bridges 67), Adams, Rudd.

Report by permission of the Lynn News