Ten-man Lynn snatched defeat from the jaws
of victory on Saturday.
The Linnets were two up within 19 minutes and in
control for much of the game before an injury to Mark Camm, a red card for
Frenchman Cedric Anselin for dissent and a hat-trick from Eagles dangerman Chris
Dillon condemned Lynn to a loss.
Following last season's League Cup final
here, it was Lynn's turn this time to lose a 2-0 lead.
Boss Tommy Taylor
said: "We started really well but in the second half we didn't play high upfield
enough, in the first half that was the way to play a long way from our
Anselin had turned from hero to villain as he got the first
Taylor claims that Anselin's abuse was not directed at the official:
"The red card was for Cedric saying something to Smithy. One of their players
said to the assistant that Cedric had said it to him.
"You don't try and get
people sent off.
"We missed Cammy as he's got the pace to get there, and he's
more of a defender than an attacker.
"All their goals, like all this season,
have come from defensive errors."
Bedford boss Nick Platenaur had to
reshuffle their pack with three first team players having left during the week
due to budget cuts, while The Walks outfit were unchanged as Martin McNeil
recovered from his ankle injury.
The Linnets were quick out of the blocks,
passing well. A defensive error by Matt Childs after two-and-a-half minutes saw
Danny Bloomfield's centre reach Jack Defty, who set up Anselin to sidefoot a
precise shot past home goalkeeper Ian Brown into the net.
threatened little, with the mouthguard-wearing Grant Cooper safeguarding
defensive operations for Lynn.
Lynn deserved to double their advantage when
Defty dispossessed Rob Miller and passed to Bloomfield, who beat the offside
trap before sliding the ball under the keeper.
Bedford made it 2-1 at
half-time with a goal out of the blue. McNeil lost the ball upfield and a quick
through-ball found Dillon to fire into the top of the net.
treatment for a groin injury, Camm was subbed by Paul Kelly on 43 minutes.
Just before the break Bloomfield played a one-two with Defty, was denied by
the keeper and his turn and shot went just wide.
In the second half,
Bloomfield nearly got a shot in and Anselin's long-range effort was saved at the
second attempt, but on 70 minutes the hosts equalised.
Lynn looked in no
danger as Dillon cut inside from the left but he was not closed down by the centre-backs and was allowed to unleash a blistering shot that John Higgs could
only watch fly into the opposite corner.
New signing James Bunn came on for
the final 15 minutes, but his rounded midriff suggested a man well short of
Then Anselin lost his cool 11 minutes from the end when losing
out on a close throw-in decision.
The assistant referee obviously had a
close knowledge of Anglo-French slang as, after informing the referee, the
latter issued a red card.
Lynn's collapse was complete in the 87th minute
through indecision by Cooper on a long ball that left Dillon to seal his treble
through the keeper's legs.
In the final minute Bloomfield had a chance to
level, his low header trickling past the post.
Childs, Lawley, Miller, Howarth, Blake, Hatch (Woolf 66), Stupple, Dillon, Howe, Rydeheard. Subs not used: McElroy, Carr, Grieve, Rigby.
Howarth 46 minutes.
Goals: Dillon 37, 70, 86.
Higgs, Jones, Smith, McMahon (O'Halloran 76), Cooper, McNeil, Defty (Bunn 76),
West, Anselin, Bloomfield, Camm (Kelly 44). Not used: Hammond,
Booked: Bloomfield 68.
Sent off: Anselin
Goals: Anselin 3, Bloomfield 19.
Referee: S. Fay. Att: 439.