The Linnets served up an end-of-season horror show to
lose their grip on second place to Saturday's opponents
As a rule, Lynn usually freeze in front of a big crowd,
but Tommy Taylor's side were nothing short of awful for
a large part of the 90 minutes and lacked any kind of
appetite for a game they only needed a point from.
Not even the first half dismissal of Bath City's Adie
Harris could inspire Lynn, who created little in the way
of chances and enthusiasm for the forthcoming play-offs.
After the game Linnets boss Tommy Taylor said: "I'm
disappointed not to have finished second.
"Plenty of people would have taken third spot at the
start of the season, but then we got on a great run and
it raised expectations.
"The players know and I know that we've messed up in the
final game when the runners-up spot was there for the
"Higgsy has made two mistakes and we've been punished,
but there's no way I'm going to blame the lad as he has
saved us so many times this season.
"He's got 10 players in front of him, but unfortunately
too many of them went missing today."
Taylor added: "The lads know they were poor, but they
are the only ones who can put it right.
"We've played 40-odd games to get this far and we don't
want to throw it all away now."
After a lively opening spell, Bath's Dean Clarke found
himself in space on the edge of the box and cracked a
powerful shot goalwards.
Keeper Higgs should have claimed it, but instead spilled
the ball to Scott Rogers who blasted home from close
Lynn were on the ropes but they were handed a lifeline
by the referee on 27 minutes by the sending-off of
Harris for a high lunge on Dean West.
Bath's second came on the hour when Higgs and his
defence failed to clear a hopeful ball into the box and
Phillip Walsh headed home at the back post.
Midfielder Shaun Carey (twice), the ever-impressive Adam
Smith and substitute Lee Charles had Lynn's best
efforts, but clear-cut chances were few and far between
for a lethargic Walks outfit.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Smith, McMahon, Hammond (Peters 75), Camm (C. Defty
82), J. Defty, Anselin (Charles 69), Nolan, Carey, O'Halloran. Subs not used:
Hyde and Benstead.
Bath: Astley, Rollo (Dorrian 69), Power, Holloway, Jones, Holand, Rogers,
Harris, Walsh (Partridge 78), Sandell (Bird 64), Clarke. Not used: Davidge and
Sent-off: Harris. Bookings: Jones, Holloway and Clarke.
Goals: Rogers (7) and Walsh (60).
Referee: D. Coote (Newark). Attendance: 1,079.
MoM: Adam Smith.