THE Linnets rediscovered their early-season form with a
comfortable win over promotion rivals Chippenham – their
first success over the Bluebirds at Hardenhuish Park.
After seeing Lynn record back-to-back league victories
for the first time since October, delighted boss Keith
Webb said: "I was pleased with the result and the
"Chippenham threw everything at us in the first 15
minutes, but Mark Warren and Greg Crane marshalled the
"The whole team rolled their sleeves up and we adapted
better to the wet conditions than what they did.
"We kept our shape well and we took the lead against the
run of play.
"That seemed to settle us down a little and we started
to pass the ball quite well.
"The pitch didn't help a lot, but when we did try to
play we moved it about quite well."
A heavy cold ruled Mark Camm out of the game before
kick-off and his defensive midfield role went to Andrew
Webb said: "I though Andrew (Fisk) came in and did a
very good job in place of Mark (Camm).
"He grew up out there today after taking a little while
to settle into this level of football."
Chippenham nearly grabbed a goal from a flurry of early
corners in their brightest spell of the match.
But Lynn soon began to pin the Bluebirds back, however,
with an impressive display of quick passing on a
The Linnets got the goal their eye-catching football
deserved just before the half-hour mark when Alex Notman
played the ball behind Halliday and Matt O'Halloran
stole in to chip Chris Snoddy.
Snoddy tipped another Notman effort over and Halliday
had to chest off the line from the corner seconds later.
Chippenham's Herring, playing out of position, had a
howler at the back and three minutes after the re-start
he tripped the on-loan Andrew Fisk, who had his best
game to date for Lynn, in the box and Matt Nolan netted
from the spot.
Ten minutes later, Herring had a chance to redeem
himself when a typically hopeful Chippenham ball was
adjudged to have hit captain Mark Warren's arm.
But the skipper – normally so reliable from the spot –
saw his afternoon go from bad to worse when he missed
his first-ever penalty in Chippenham colours when Shaun
Marshall saved his spot-kick.
Herring blasted over the rebound and Chippenham realised
it wasn't going to be their day.
Substitute Jack Defty (in his 200th game) rubbed salt
into the wounds when he put the Linnets 3-0 up with
virtually his first touch of the match – his 60th goal
for club and his first since early October.
Lynn took their foot off the pedal, allowing Milsom to
prod home a late consolation.
Milsom's last-gasp goal for the hosts could not disguise
the fact Chippenham were completely outplayed in every
Lynn's passing was more accurate, their touch sharper,
finishing more clinical and they were far better
organised in what turned out to be a deserved three
Chippenham Town: Snoddy, Adams, Halliday, Herring,
Milsom, Harvey (Griffin 54), Holly, Klukowski, Gilroy
(Seavill 54), Cook, Allison (Badman 54).
Subs not used: Etheridge, Stanley. Booked: Milsom 44min,
Holly 76, Herring 85.
Goal: Milsom 90+3.
Lynn: Marshall, West, Blois, Warren, Crane, Fisk,
O'Halloran, Melton, Nolan (Cave-Brown 85), Notman (J.
Defty 60), Toms.
Subs not used: Camm, Harvey, Higgs. Booked: Crane 75.
Goals: O'Halloran 30, Nolan 48 pen, Defty 65.
MoM: Greg Crane. Referee: P. Forrester (Luton)
[Missing - Warren booked]