NOT A vintage display from the Linnets, but at this stage of the season, as
manager Keith Webb well knows, the result was the most important thing.
The basement side took a shock lead early in the second half.
But Lynn maintained their 100 per cent record against Northwood thanks to
'captain marvel' Mark Warren equalising, while Danny Bloomfield marked his
return to The Walks with a typical poacher's goal for the winner.
Webb said: "I thought we were ring-rusty, but at this stage of the season all
that matters is the three points. "They scored direct from a corner, which
lifted them. We had no-one on the far post, but we sorted that out quite
quickly. "He (Damon Ming) was putting the corners consistently under the bar and
putting us under a lot of pressure. He was also a lively player down at their
"They just worked very hard, didn't play too much football and stopped us
"We scored quite quickly after that, which gave us more confidence to keep going
and get a second goal.
"Mark Warren deserved his equaliser. He's a rock in the middle of defence, and
I'm glad we've got him."
On Bloomfield bagging a goal on his Walks return, Webb said: "That's why we
signed him. We know he's capable of scoring, it's what he's paid to do. It was
scripted for him to do that.
"We've now got four strikers who are doing okay. I've now got a lot of options,
especially now we've got games coming thick and fast."
"It was an absolutely magnificent save from Paul, and won us the game. As soon
as the fellow hit it, I thought it was in.
"Jack Defty had the ball in the net which was disallowed, but the players at the
time reckoned the ball didn't go out."
Northwood proved to be a limited team there for the taking, but Lynn struggled
to do so. They lacked sharpness after a two-week lay-off, and the killer final
pass frequently letting them down in the first half.
Jack Defty looked to have put Lynn ahead on 14 minutes when he headed home Alex
Notman's corner but the flag-kick was adjudged to have gone out of play.
On the half-hour mark Michael Frew's cross/shot from the left hit the top of the
Notman soon succumbed to injury after being clattered by James Shipperley, the
brother of ex-Southampton striker Neil, and was soon replaced by Bloomfield, who
entered to cheers from the crowd.
The 'Wood netted direct from an in-swinging Damon Ming corner within two minutes
of the restart, with Lynn caught napping. Keeper Paul Crichton, looking into the
sun without a cap on, seemed to lose sight of the ball.
However, on 52 minutes a bad back-pass by Shipperley conceded a corner, which
Steve Melton took and was firmly nodded home by Warren.
Melton wasted another opportunity while Bloomfield did not connect properly with
a couple of efforts. Bloomfield made no mistake with a quarter-hour remaining,
prodding home after a mix-up at a ball over the top occured between Venezulan
goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz and his defence.
An excellent save came from Crichton, who pawed away sub Harry Hunt's goalbound
shot, while at the end of the game Lee Holland hit the top of the woodwork, and
the three points were preserved.
Lynn: Crichton, West, C. Defty, Warren, Crane, Camm, Notman (Bloomfield
38), McMahon (Fisk 70), J. Defty, Frew (Nolan 59), Melton. Subs not used: Fell,
Harvey. Booked: Frew.
Northwood: Jaimez-Ruiz, Holland, Murphy, Tackley, Shipperley, Sparrowhawk
(Carter 79), Williams, Buchanan, Hall (Hunt 71), Dean, Ming. Not used: Nolan,
Pearce, Hogan. Booked: Tackley, Shipperley.
MoM: Mark Warren. Referee: M. George (Norfolk).