Newmarket Town 3
Kings Lynn Town
Defending champions Newmarket Town overcame a youthful King’s Lynn side to move into the second round of this year’s league cup.
The Jockeys, who drew 3-3 with Hadleigh United in the league on Saturday, opened the scoring on Tuesday through Aaron Maskell in the third minute after being the first to react to Jake Wayne’s blocked shot.
Although trailing, the young Lynn side looked the more likely to grab the games next goal and after several close calls they did just that with Chris Ward heading home in the 15th minute.
Town restored their lead nine minutes before half-time through Richard Chadwick.
Connecting with Luke Parkinson’s well-struck throughball, the former Ely City man kept his composure to slot the ball beyond Luke Pearson.
Lynn were close to getting back on level terms in the 44th minute with only the crossbar keeping out Nelson Morieda’s thunderous strike.
The visitors pushed for an equaliser early in the second half, but it was the hosts who were to score the game’s next and final goal with Parkinson turner from provider to scorer when nodding home Will Lawton’s free-kick, which cannoned back off the crossbar in the 65th minute.
Parkinson had two further chances to add to his tally in the closing minutes but neither found the back of the net .
“Lynn were a good side, but although we rode our luck a couple of times in the first half I thought we were just about on top from start to finish,” said manager Kevin Grainger. “At half-time we said it was important to play at a good tempo, and while they came at us in the first 10 minutes, once we got the third goal it settled us down for the rest of the game.”
Town will return to action in the league on Saturday with a trip to FC Clacton (3pm).
Mildenhall Town put behind their 4-0 defeat to Norwich United on Saturday by beating March Town United 3-0 in the league cup.
The Recreation Way outfit will travel to Brantham Athletic on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division (3pm).
Ely City moved off the foot of the Thurlow Nunn Premier table on Saturday by picking up their first win of the season with a 4-2 victory at FC Clacton.
The Robins, who exited the league cup on Tuesday with a 3-1 defeat at Saffron Walden Town, will take on Gorleston at home on Saturday (3pm).
Soham Town Rangers will attempt to put their 6-1 defeat at home to Spalding United in the FA Trophy at the weekend when entertaining Brentwood Town in Ryman One North on Saturday (3pm).