King's Lynn gave little indication if good FA Cup form on Boxing Day when, at Milton Road, they lost to Cambridge City by the only goal scored.
So, with City coming to the Walks tomorrow this is the only cub they will practice against before going to Goodison Park to meet Everton next week.
The Cambridge club started by doing most of the attacking and if Manning had not been in great form in the Lynn goal the home forwards might easily have made this a real Christmas bonus. As it was the only goal came in injury time awarded immediately before the interval.
It was centre-half John Bone, visiting his old club for he first time since his recent transfer to Lynn, who was responsible for the goal and subsequent loss of both points.
The ball flashed towards the centre from right winger Moore and Banks raced back to try and get onside, but just as he was about to accomplish this, Bone tried to turn the ball back to his 'keeper and played the inside man onside. Banks took the ball on the run and chipped it over Manning's head into the empty net.
Before this, Lynn ha a piece of bad luck when inside-left Lumley hit the post with a low drive in the 33rd minute, but apart from this the forwards held little anger against a firm City defence.
The only other Lynn effort of any real note came immediately after the interval when Dixon forced Harvey to turn the ball round the post for a corner.
Conditions were in favour of the forwards, for with a slippery top surface and showers of hail and rain defenders found it difficult to turn, yet so poor was the shooting by both sides' forwards that this match was decided by the one and only goal.
|Cambridge City: Harvey; Suddars, Cruikshank; Salt, Stapleton, Pearce; Moore, Banks, Coyle, Cummins, Gaynor.
Lynn: Manning; Mackey, Wilson, Dunn, Bone, Sanchez; Bacon, Wright, Dixon, Lumley, Sharp.