After the good against Gloucester, the bad of conceding a late equaliser at home
to Rugby, it was the Linnets' turn to serve up the ugly on Saturday.
Taylor's side looked a patch off the team that outplayed Rugby four days earlier
and produced a gutless and frustrating performance in front of another
The inept Linnets were out-fought and out-muscled by a
well-organised Halesowen outfit, and managed only one effort on target in the 90
minutes as they relied on the height of makeshift striker Jack Defty to get them
out of jail rather than concentrate on playing the ball to feet.
Taylor was left baffled by his side's latest display, saying: "It is almost as
if the players are afraid to make a mistake.
"It isn't about making mistakes,
it's about winning games and to do that you have to be brave enough to put
pressure on sides.
"I don't understand the players. I know they are good
enough at this level, but it took us a goal down before we started to
"Maybe that is why some of them are no longer with league clubs. We had
a good first 10 minutes and a good last 15 minutes, but in between we didn't
play anything up to their full potential."
The game was far from a spectacle
in the first period with both teams involved in some niggly challenges and one
or two off-the-ball incidents.
It was the returning Sam McMahon who carved
out Lynn's only worthwhile effort on target of the match in the 34th minute when
his stinging volley flew straight into the midriff of Halesowen keeper Chris
Other than dangerous crosses from both Grant Cooper earlier in the
half and Adam Smith in the latter stages of the first 45 minutes, goalmouth
action was at a premium.
The main talking point arrived just before the
interval when Jack Defty bundled Halesowen's Steven Pope to the ground in the
box in the lead up to a free-kick, before the ever-popular referee Mr Wade from
Boston consulted with one of his assistants and decided to book Dean West in a
clear case of mistaken identity.
After the break it was Halesowen who showed
the more attacking intent with John Higgs called into action to deny Nathan
Lamey and then Howard Forinton in the space of one second half
Halesowen eventually took the lead in the 65th minute through the
lively Lamey after Mark Camm had been done like a kipper by Forinton on the
Lynn introduced Robbie Harris, pushed Camm into midfield and reverted
to a back three as they tried to find a way back into the game.
it led to a late surge of Lynn pressure with Simon Clark heading over, Danny
Bloomfield being denied a simple header by a fine intervention from Pope, who
later deflected substitute Matt O'Halloran's cross-cum-shot.
opportunity fell the way of Defty, whose header brushed Taylor's upright after a
deep, but telling, centre from West.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm,
McMahon (Harris 70), Cooper, Clark, Kelly, J. Defty, Smith, Bloomfield, Anselin (O'Halloran 60). Subs not used: C. Defty, Benstead and McNeil. Booked: West, J.
Defty and Anselin.
Halesowen: C. Taylor, I. Cooper (K. Johnson 85), S. Forsdick, N. Preston, S. Pope, S. Farmer, A. Cowley (R. Skidmore 74), N. Lamey
(G. Hay 83), N. Smith, H. Forinton, N. Amos. Not used: A. Maguire and S. Pierpoint. Booked: Smith and Amos.
Referee: Mr C. Wade