ON Wednesday night the Linnets secured both third
spot in the BGB Southern League and semi-final home
advantage in the play-offs next Tuesday.
Lynn fully deserved to win, although they could have
made life easier for themselves by sealing victory
earlier on. Matt O'Halloran was the main culprit,
spurning half-a-dozen chances.
Team Bath showed little attacking intent beyond some
dangerous dead-ball kicks – although with little in
the match for them, and after an extra time county
cup win the previous night, it's difficult to read
much into their performance.
Linnets boss Keith Webb said: "We played well. I
didn't think they'd be putting out their strongest
"We weren't taking anything for granted. They were
lively, but I can't remember them having a shot on
"Matt O'Halloran is coming back to his best. If he
had another couple of games, he probably would've
put away a couple of those chances.
"The two lads in the centre of defence, Mark Warren
and Greg Crane, were outstanding."
The Students began the game at a gallop, but The
Walks outfit soon settled down and bossed the
remainder of the night.
The opening chance fell to O'Halloran after being
set up by Jack Defty and Andrew Fisk, but the winger
O'Halloran then fired wide and had a shot saved by
the impressive keeper Darren Chitty, who denied
Defty and a free-kick from Jamie Gould.
Team Bath threatened with a few corners, but they
were dealt with by the solid Warren, who also put in
a superb tackle to deny a goalscoring chance, and
Thirty seconds into the second half Matt Nolan's
header at the near post was gathered by Chitty, who
luckily saved with his legs when diving the wrong
way from a Nolan penalty when the striker was fouled
by Gonzalo Pereira in the 54th minute.
The important goal came in the 62nd minute following a
fine move involving many players, which ended with a
Mark Camm lob opening up the away defence for Defty
to tap in simply at the far post.
Fisk and Matt O'Halloran were denied before Charlie
Defty's first touch as a sub was a header which
Late on Mark Heath-Preston fired just over as Lynn
got a possible psychological advantage for the
play-off final a week on Saturday, where they could
again meet Team Bath.
Lynn: Howie, West, Blois, Warren, Crane, Fisk,
O'Halloran (C. Defty 77), Camm, J. Defty (Bloomfield
86), Nolan (Heath-Preston 88), Gould. Not used:
Team Bath: Chitty, Townley, Lock, Abbott, Pereira,
Metitiri, M. Canham, Saunders (Dillon 38), Williams,
Bailey (Lopes 79), Waters. Not used: Tillson,
Referee: P. Barnes (Peterborough). MoM: Andrew Fisk.