THE Linnets grabbed a last-gasp winner as Matt Nolan's
second goal of the night ended Halesowen's 13-match
A tremendous advert for the Southern League saw Lynn
take the points, but only after the Yeltz staged a
tremendous fightback to level from two goals behind.
The Linnets also avoided an unwanted new record with
Had they gone an hour or more without scoring it would
have been the longest time without netting (more than
eight-and-a-half hours) against a fellow Southern League
Linnets manager Keith Webb said: "It was a superb
performance and both Greg Crane and Sam Gaughran were
immense at the back.
"The quality of our goals at Halesowen would have stood
up to league or even Premiership clubs."
Lynn, who were without Andrew Cave-Brown who had
returned to Norwich City and both Mark Warren and Grant
Cooper through injury, were hit by further problems when
a car load of players arrived at the ground late.
Manager Webb was forced to shuffle his pack with
Gaughran coming in at the heart of defence and Luke Fell
going into midfield.
Lynn stunned the Grove by taking a two-goal lead within
a four-minute spell.
Nolan's 25th minute looping header from a deep cross
curled around home keeper Chris Jay to creep in at the
Matt O'Halloran was then replaced by substitute Jack
Defty after suffering a hamstring injury.
Defty had an immediate impact on the match when he
doubled Lynn's advantage with virtually his first touch
of the game when he turned with his back to goal to hit
a glorious 20-yard shot over Jay.
The hosts reduced the arrears a minute before the break
from a corner when Paul Devlin crossed for Grant
Pierpoint to head home his first goal of the season.
Halesowen put Lynn under a lot of pressure in the second
period and it came as no surprise when they equalised
five minutes from time.
Devlin swung the ball in from the left and Brown hit an
overhead kick from the edge of the area with Troy Deeney
on hand to head home from close range.
But the Linnets broke Halesowen hearts with a winner in
the dying seconds when Nolan side-stepped the attentions
of Rob Warner and smashed home a cracking 30-yard drive
into the top corner.
Lynn: Crichton, West, Blois (Fisk 46), Gaughan, Crane,
McMahon, O'Halloran (J. Defty 28), Camm, Notman (C.
Defty 57), Nolan, Fell. |
Sub not used: Frew.
Bookings: Camm and Fisk (time wasting).
MoM: Sam Gaughran.