ON the back of a six-game winning run which earned Peter Morris
the division's Manager of the Month award, opponents Newport's future hanging
by a thread an odds-on win for Lynn then, right?
Definitely a case of 'after the Lord's Mayor's show'.
In front of
the biggest league crowd of the season on Saturday, Lynn should have been
buzzing and the third from bottom visitors should have been there for the
But the home team simply weren't good enough. The Islanders
had ex-Aston Villa and Portsmouth Guy Whittingham out injured, but they still
did the double over The Walks outfit.
Lynn had their usual quota
of chances, but lacked as much urgency and could not force away keeper Joe
McCormack into saves often enough, while the defence was shaky.
Two members of the rearguard, Lewis Blois (perhaps still feeling
his way back to fitness) and Mark Burrows, had nightmare
At the last minute Lee Stephenson had to come in for Carl
Holmes, who broke down with his foot injury during the
And only a last-ditch tackle by Adam Lang denied
Stephenson a scoring chance in the fourth minute as the Linnets dominated the
first quarter hour.
Jack Defty and Chris Bacon went close with
headers before Newport enjoyed a good spell with Simon Pilcher volleying over
and skipper Steve Riley putting a free header wide.
with a header and David Staff with a 20-yard shot had Lynn's best chances of
the half on the 30-minute mark, but both were
However, The Port struck twice in three
minutes just before half-time with their first efforts on
A good through ball saw Ashley Wright finish neatly into
the corner against the run of play then, with the hosts' defence at sixes and
sevens, Jamie O'Rourke headed home after Mark Preston's centre.
Lynn came out fighting after the break and within nine
minutes hit back, Chris Bacon continuing the run of great goals seen at The
Walks with a 25-yard right-foot blockbuster into the top of the
But inside 60 seconds more slack work defending a corner saw
Danny Rofe restore the two-goal lead.
Stephenson had two shots
saved following good work from Paul Raynor and Bacon respectively; he was
substituted soon after.
His replacement Paul Watts could find no
way through either as Defty was moved upfield.
Watts (twice) and
Staff both fired wide when well placed.
Lynn's day was summed up in
injury time when Defty was set up nicely with time and space on his hands,
took a swing and missed the ball completely.
Lynn: Greygoose, Jones, Blois (Cowling 88), Burrows, Fuff, Defty, Weston (Blake 64), Raynor, Bacon, Staff, Stephenson (Watts 70). Sub not used: Dobrowolski
Newport: McCormack, Riley, Lang, Cole, Tagg, Preston, Keeping, Rofe, O'Rouke, Wright, Pilcher. Subs not used: Whittingham, Barsdell, O'Connor, Isaacson
Referee: Henry (Northamptonshire)