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Hemel keeper scored 93rd minute equaliser before going on to win FA Trophy tie in penalty shootout

Hemel Hempstead keeper Craig King scored a 93rd minute equaliser before going on to win the FA Trophy tie in a penalty shootout.

The Linnets were on course to bag a 1-0 victory only for the visiting goalkeeper to head home a dramatic equaliser taking the match into a penalty shootout, which the his side won 5-4 in sudden death.

Misses by Gold Omotayo, Olly Scott and Aaron Jones sealed King’s Lynn fate, dumped out of one cup competition, and got another to face next week wen they take on Stevenage at home in the FA Cup.

Ken Charles – who returned to the squad after a month on loan with Cheshunt – put King’s Lynn ahead after 14 minutes.

He then struck the woodwork twice while Gold Omotayo also hit the underside of the crossbar in a game the hosts very much dominated and will no doubt can’t believe they went on to lose.

Lynn should have wrapped the game up well before the end after Charles almost grabbed his second when he turned well on the edge of the area, though King only just got a touch on his shot to put the ball on to the bar.

In the last few seconds of injury-time a corner was swung in from the left and King got the faintest of touches to force the issue to be settled from the spot.

King’s Lynn Town: P. Jones, A. Jones, Scott, Crowther, Coulson, Hargreaves, Clunan, Barrett (Walker 80), Charles (Callan-McFadden 88), Omotayo, Stephens (Oxlade-Chamberlain 55). Subs not used: Denton, Knowles, Hudson, Fleming.

Scorer: Charles 14.

Hemel Hempstead: King, O’Connor, Meade (Obi 70), Brown, Lelan, Roberts, Dada (Bojaj 53), Morgan-Griffiths, Holness (Holt 82), Castiglione, Ilunga. Subs not used: Poku, Eleftheriou, Westbrook, Ajayi.

Booked: Roberts, O’Connor, King, Lelan.

Scorer: King 90+6.

Attendance: 981.

King said after the game: I think the main thing is we’ve come to probably the hardest draw we could have got away from home.

I think there are beaten herald season in the league and we stuck at it.

There was tough times, we actually showed determination to keep the ball out.

I think the main thing is just showing that we weren’t going to give up and that’s the thing that I’m happiest about the most.

I know it’s all fun and game, me scoring and saving a couple of penalties, but I think we’ve shown you enjoy playing in the team when they are putting bodies on the line and we’re not giving up fair play to them.

They were very good, you knew they knew what they were doing, but like I said, it was the hardest role we could have got and we come away winning the game.

I don’t think anyone can complain with that.

Interviewer: And the second half, especially the last of the part of the battle, but it seemed as if the confidence grew and the work rate increased and we certainly put them on the back foot towards the end of that second half.  Did you feel the momentum turning for where you were?

King: Definitely. I think we rode our luck a bit.

Obviously they hit the crossbar, might save a couple, but I think they surprised me a bit because they did step off us and that’s when our confidence started to grow.

I think they started to get a bit shaky, which I was surprised at and I think that’s what led to us growing in confidence throughout the game.

I think Josh put in a couple of great deliveries that we didn’t get on the end of a corner in about the 90th minute that I asked to go out for.

They said no and then he put his front post and I knew I was going to the next one because I knew exactly where I was going and I knew I was going to put it in the net.

So happy days.

I’m going to keep on talking about that for a long time.

Interviewer: We did speak on the coach on the way here and you said that you would make it to the penalty shootout at and you said you saved four, I think two.

Yeah, saved two, but still, nevertheless, I think the goal makes up for it. And yes, we said we did a duet on the way back then.

King: Yeah, we might sing a bit of elbows on the way back and have a little drink and enjoy it, but no happy days.

We can’t be sad about that and I’m glad that we can make the whole friends a bit happier, be on their way home as well, which I’m sure they will be.

And on to the next round.

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This is how fans reacted after the Hemel keeper scored a 93rd minute equaliser before going on to win FA Trophy tie in a penalty shootout…

@evansmainacc: oh my fuck

@Grangie123: The most Lynn thing that’s ever happened in Lynn

@Boropod: I love this tweet.

@DeckchairPete: Oh my days! #UptheTudors #scenes

@joshjbrock: The what just what?

@Hypes_F1: England number 1! England englands number 1!

@DanRK: You are my Craig King! My only Craig King!!

@Dazdarcy: You beauties!

@Andywootton1: Good luck with penalties 👍

@MrMortonPE: Great header. Safe journey home 🔵🟡⚽️

@micbev: King hell. #tudorarmy

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