The holiday spirit pervaded Lynn Walks on Friday and infected the home team to such an extent that Boulton and Paul's Norwich, was a well-beaten team before half-time. After an interval lead of 6-0 Lynn relaxed during the second half, finally winning an entertaining Norfolk and Suffolk League game by 7-1.
Reynolds re-appeared in the forward line and Yaxley, who again assisted the half-backs, showed good form.
Boulton and Paul's suffered from the disorganising effects of numerous team changes; Ryder and Hughes were absent from the forward line and Bailey deputised for Hopper in goal. M Brown, the well known Norfolk player, appeared at centre-half. On a muddy pitch the following team lined up before a large crowd.
Lynn Town: E Brumpton, J R Massingham, F T Massingham, A Yaxley, P Henry, J D Raper, A Sizeland, W Pearman, R V Fenton, E W Reynolds, F T Fakenbridge.
Boulton and Paul: L Bailey; A Munday, G Sexton, W Girling, M Brown, R Sexton, V Hill, F Jarmy, E Daniels, A Read, R Read.
Ref: Mr A T Spridgeon (March)
A spectacular opening which gave Lynn a couple goals in as many minutes put the large holiday crowd in good humour. Fenton got the first straight from the kick-off, receiving the ball in an unmarked position from Pearman. Less than two minutes later Reynolds received a judicial pass from Sizeland and smartly beat Bailey. The "Bolts", fighting hard, with six forwards and two half backs, drove play into the Lynn half of the field and the home defence conceded a penalty. Brumpton, with a clean dive, saved the shot from the spot. Lynn soon changed the scene of activities and play had been in progress only 14 minutes when Fenton took a short pass from Pearman, beat the backs and netted the third goal.
The irrepressible Lynn forwards increased the lead in the next five minutes when Fenton and Sizeland found themselves in possession right in front of goal. Either could have scored and Fenton hooked the ball past Bailey. The six forward game of the visitors considerably weakened the half-back line and before the middle of the first half Lynn scored again, Reynolds easily converting a short pass from Benton. On the visitor's left Read was a continual tryer, but he met with keen resistance from Yaxley who was at the top of his form.
Play had been in progress 27 minutes when Sizeland, who happened to be out of position among the inside men, received a centre from Fakenbridge and gave Bailey no
chance with a typical shot. Reynolds voluntarily left the field, presumably for attention from the trainer. He was absent several minutes but Lynn aggressively maintained their advantage although the finishing of the forwards declined in quality. Play became more even and until half-time the defences predominated. Half-time: Lynn Town 6 Boulton and Paul 0.
Reynolds resumed his position when play reopened. An early centre from Fakenbridge led to a general scramble in the visitors' goal from which, after numerous unsuccessful attempts by various forwards, Fenton scored from the goal-line. In a subsequent attack a defender handled Sizeland's shot, but Bailey saved Fenton's penalty effort.
Boulton and Paul's got their first goal from a penalty taken by Brown, who placed the ball well. Fakenbridge and Pearman both came near to discounting the pint in the next few minutes. The "Bolts" forwards were keen and put a lot of energy into their attacks, but could not break down the resistance of the Massinghams. G Sexton nearly conceded a penalty when he handled the ball on the edge of the area. Sizeland's free kick was charged down. The home forwards got further with their attacks, but finished inaccurately, shooting all round the "Bolts" goal. Bailey also began to show better form. Fenton was having a lean time, very few passes going his way. Fakenbridge had many more chances, but he could not adjust his aim. Although Lynn had most of the play no scoring propensities were in evidence.