Late Evan Garnett goal secures FA Vase replay for Belper Town against Kings Lynn

Match action from Belper Town's 1-1 draw with King's Lynn. Pics by Tim Harrison
Match action from Belper Town's 1-1 draw with King's Lynn. Pics by Tim Harrison

A late Evan Garnett secured a 1-1 draw and an FA Vase replay for Belper Town against Kings Lynn.

Kings Lynn’s captain Ryan Fryatt broke the deadlock just before the half hour mark.

Match action from Belper Town's 1-1 draw with King's Lynn. Pics by Tim Harrison

Match action from Belper Town's 1-1 draw with King's Lynn. Pics by Tim Harrison

Fellow centre-half David Bridges crossed the ball from the left and Fryatt found himself unmarked at the back post to emphatically volley the ball home off the crossbar.

The away side had a good opportunity to double their lead five minutes after opening the scoring when Jack Friend slipped forward Sam Mulready through on goal, but his left footed drive did not trouble Danny Haystead in the Nailer’s goal.

The hosts biggest threat of the first half was long range strikes from Williams and Hemagou, both seeing fizzing shots just fly over the crossbar.

Generous defending from Nailers centre-half duo Ross Parker and Phil Watt, gifted a chance to forward Mulready just minutes into the second half but he could only blast the over.

Minott replaced Connor Johnson just after the hour mark and proved to be a handful for Kings Lynn defenders, he muscled off Bridges to create a chance for himself on the edge of the box, ‘Keeper Street did brilliantly to keep hold of his powerful strike from the edge of the box.

Kings Lynn had a great chance to secure their place in the next round just before the Nailers equalised when substitute Jacek Zielonka glanced a header just wide from Michael Clunans free-kick.

It was a costly miss as Garnett sent the game to a replay ten minutes before the final whistle when substitute Isaac Minott controlled a long ball, turned and played the ball in behind for Garnett who drilled the ball under Alex Street.

Belper piled the pressure on in the final stages but could not force a winner.

Clunan’s 25-yard free-kick had to be tipped over the bar by Haystead in the final minutes, as Kings Lynn took advantage of a breather from the home side’s pressure.

Belper Town: Haystead (GK); Shaw, Cooksey, Williams, Parker, Watt (Capt.), Hemagou, Goddard, Garnett, Johnson (Minott 64’), Stevenson.

Unused subs: Constable, Kabanje, Johnson, Wedderburn.

Kings Lynn Town: Street (GK), Bird, L. Fryatt, Bridges, R. Fryatt (Capt.), Smith, Clunan, Hurst (Edge 90’), Mulready (Hilliard 67’), Stevenson, Friend (Zielonka 62’).

Unused subs: McQuaid, Pearson.

Attendance: 236.

Referee: Matthew Smith (Hinkley).

Assistant referees: Craig Hammond (Leicester) and (Leicester).