MIDFIELDER Dave Puttnam was left to rue
the easiest of missed chances. as the Linnets
fell to a late defeat on the south coast.
With the score goalless, Puttnam fired over
the bar from ten yards out in the 11th minute
with only the keeper to beat after a move
involving both Micky Nuttell and Worrell
"I'm gutted," said Puttnam, after seeing
Weymouth's Stuart Heath volley his side
the points in the 84th minute.. "I know I
should have scored, but hit the shot on my
wrong foot and couldn't keep it down."
Had it gone in then Lynn may well have
been on their way to their
second away win in succession after the
match had followed a similar pattern to the
one. at Halesowen a week previously.
Lynn had by far the better of the first half
exchanges before Weymouth laid siege on
the visiting goal for the majority of the
Lynn made it very, very hard for us," said
Weymouth manager Fred Davies after the
game. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy,
Lynn had the better of it early doors but I
thought we deserved the win on our second
These words offered little consolation to player manager Gary Mills, who
knew that his side should have held on
for share of the spoils.
"I'm very disappointed, especially when you
get as close to getting a result as this," said
"Once again I couldn't fault the commitment
and passion shown by the lads. We did very
well in the first half winning many of the
second balls but we didn't take our chances
and that's important when you're away from
"In the second half it was a totally different
ball game as we were a bit naive by letting
the ball keep coming back at our defence.
They put us under a lot of pressure and got
the break near the end."
It was Puttnam who missed Lynn's other
best opportunity of the game in the 52nd
minute, but this time he was foiled by the
finger tips of Paul Myers in the Weymouth
goal after trying his luck from 30 yards.
Chuck Martini and the Linnets defence had
little rest in the second period with the
former Moroccan international having by far
his best game between the posts before being
beaten by Heath's late strike.
"Everybody is disappointed but we've got to
keep working hard and mustn't start feeling
sorry for ourselves," said a determined Mills,
looking ahead after Weymouth had
completed a season's treble over his side.
Lynn: Martini, Mills, Spearing, Robinson, Fuff, Puttnam, Hoyle, Ramsey (Cotterell 86), Nuttell, Wilson, Sterling. Subs (not used) Clarke, McGinty
Weymouth: Myers, Gammon (S Browne 60), Flory, A Browne, Waldock (Adcock 75), Powell, Robinson, Hutchinson (Mansell 83), Heath, Laws, Boulton.