LYNN'S hopes of a swift return to the Premier Division were all but dashed in a
game which saw defender Danny Holyoak sent-off.
Holyoak was dismissed for
dissent in the 39th minute the eighth sending-off of the campaign.
last season's club record of seven, making a mockery of the code of conduct
which was brought in at the start of the season.
still possible, the Linnets need nothing short of a miracle to clinch the second
promotion spot with four games left.
Peter Morris' side served up a dour
display of football against nothing more than mediocre opposition.
Mark Paul was named as a substitute after having pains in his chest before the
Sloppy Lynn rarely ventured out of their half early on as Tonbridge,
buoyed by a record of six wins in their last seven Eastern Division fixtures,
cruised into a 3-0 lead without breaking sweat.
Tonbridge took the lead after
five minutes when Angels' Hamid Barr picked up the ball in midfield before
losing his marker and firing past Simon Nobes from all of 25 yards.
minutes later it was 2-0 when lethargic Lynn allowed Barr too much space before
he beat two players and shot past the hapless Nobes.
Chances continued to
come the Angels' way as the Linnets contrived to easily concede
The game was effectively put beyond their reach 10 minutes before
the break when Ray Powell's clever back-heel found Paul Emblen, brother of
Norwich City star Neil, who curled in a shot from 18 yards out.
attempt on target came midway through the half when Carl Holmes unleashed a
30-yard drive straight into the arms of Tonbridge keeper Reynolds.
Bacon missed in front of goal and Lynn's forgettable afternoon was made worse
when Paul Raynor limped out of the proceedings with an injury, just minutes
before Holyoak's early bath.
Lynn, who swapped their purple colours for
yellow during the interval, started the second period in a brighter frame of
Holmes and Lee Stevenson both went close with half chances before David
Staff brought Lynn back into the game with his 20th goal of the campaign.
long ball was misjudged by Tonbridge sweeper Lloyd Hume and Staff raced clear to
put himself top of the Lynn scoring charts.
A mazy run from Stevenson past
four defenders on 70 minutes ended with Staff being adjudged offside and Bacon
almost made it 3-2 seconds later but was denied by a last-ditch
However, Lynn's mini-revival was cut short when Emblen swept home
his second and Tonbridge's fourth after good work by Peter Overton.
free-kick was deflected straight into the arms of the Tonbridge keeper, but a
second goal for Lynn would have been cruel on the home side.
Lynn: Nobes, Holyoak, Blois, Burrows, Fuff, Holmes, Stevenson, Raynor (Defty 35), Bacon (Weston 84), Staff, Woodrow. Sub not used: Paul.
Tonbridge: Reynolds, Beales, Roser, Hume, Ainsworth, Royston, Tydeman, Overton, Powell (Piscina 61), Barr (Barnes 74), Emblen. Not used: Walker.
Referee: A Legg (East Grinstead)
Bookings: Lynn Holmes, Tonbridge - Powell, Beales.
Sent off: Holyoak