A LATE penalty from Matt Nolan kept Lynn's slim title
alive in a match that failed to live up to its
Chris Holland's first-half header left Bath City with
one foot in the Conference, until Nolan's spot-kick
ended the Romans' six-game winning run and ensured that
the honours were shared in a poor match.
Linnets boss Keith Webb said: "I've no complaints with a
point – it was a fair result between two very evenly
"It was very tense at times as neither team wanted to
lose. When a side comes here on such a great run and get
their noses in front early on it could've been easy for
us to think there was no way back.
"But we didn't go under and the lads showed great
character to come back. The boys were down in the
changing room after the game, but I said to them you've
come back against the league leaders.
"We didn't play and pass the ball as well as we know we
can. We need to show a bit more belief and confidence in
ourselves that we are good enough to push Bath all of
"I knew that set-pieces would play an important part in the game
and that proved to be the case."
Opposing boss John Relish said: "I thought over the 90
minutes we probably shaded it, especially in terms of
"When we were 1-0 up we had a couple of chances to nail
it down, they got away and we got caught with a little
bit of a sucker punch.
"The first 20 minutes Lynn bossed us, but I thought that
was the only time of the game that was the case. After
their goal they came at us again, but we had another
couple of chances right at the death."
In-form Bath were on the back foot early on, but had the
first chance when Gethin Jones punted over from a
corner, before Mark Camm curled a free-kick wide for
Paul Evans looked uncomfortable in the visiting goal
and, after dropping a couple of straightforward crosses,
he was nearly beaten on nine minutes when Camm fed
Nolan, who sliced his drive inches wide of the post when
it would have been easier to score.
Bath took the lead with their first effort on goal after
23 minutes when Holland rose unchallenged to loop home a
Mark McKeever free-kick on the right.
The impressive Scott Partridge should have doubled the
lead on the half-hour mark when he tried to pick out
strike partner Darren Edwards when a shot looked the
Andrew Fisk blazed over shortly afterwards before Nolan
almost found himself one-on-one with Evans before being
crudely brought down by Gethin Jones who was one of four
visiting players to be booked.
Camm hit the resulting free-kick against the wall and
then fired a dipping half volley on to the roof of the
net from the rebound.
After the break it was Nolan again who was the main
thorn in Bath's side as he shrugged off several
challenges before firing a shot across goal.
In the 64th minute substitute Jack Defty thought he had
got Lynn's equaliser when, in a carbon copy of the Bath
goal, he glanced a Dean West free-kick towards the
corner of the net.
Evans in the Bath goal was well beaten, but the ball
somehow stopped on the line after grazing a post before
it was scrambled clear.
Seventeen minutes from time Jim Rollo was adjudged to
have brought down substitute Matt O'Halloran in the box
and Nolan sent Evans the wrong way to convert the
Bath were pinned back by a string of Lynn attacks and
Grant Cooper, perhaps playing his last game in Lynn
colours, had a late chance to seal the three points when
he was left unmarked to head tamely wide.
Lynn: Crichton, West, Blois, Cooper, Crane, Fisk (Notman
61), Cave-Brown (O'Halloran 45), Camm, Nolan, Frew
(Defty 53), Melton. Subs not used: Toms, McMahon.
Bookings: O'Halloran, Cooper, Defty. Goal: Nolan 74.
Bath: Evans, Simpson, Rollo, G. Jones, Holland, S.
Jones, Hogg, Rogers, Edwards (Walsh 85), Partridge,
McKeever. Subs not used: Coupe, Green, Clarke, Harris.
Bookings: S. Jones, G. Jones, Rollo, Edwards. Goal:
Referee: S. Feerick (Peterborough). Attendance: 1,203.