The Linnets did their first double of the season.
They used a depleted Dr
Martens Eastern Division programme to make ground on some of the leading
The Walks outfit, who hold seventh place, are now level on 42 points
with next Saturday's visitors Dorchester, and are nine points behind
second-place Banbury, who have a game in hand.
Key defenders Dean
Greygoose and Mark Burrows were suspended, but Simon Nobes deputised well in
goal and was not called into action until the half-hour mark, saving a
long-range effort from Garry Tilley.
Lee Cowling came in for
Chris Bacon was twice denied by keeper Kevin Fewell early on, but
Lynn took the lead after seven minutes.
Veteran Paul Raynor fed David Staff, who ran and shot past Fewell for his eighth goal of the campaign.
Staff could soon be the fourth Linnet to reach double figures.
Holmes and Staff went close before Lee Stephenson notched his 18th goal of
the season on 36 minutes, heading home a cross from skipper
Stephenson was denied a second in the dying minutes of the
opening half, Fewell pulling off a stunning close-range save.
the bar with a lob three minutes after the break, but then Stephenson was
injured and was replaced by Adam Weston.
Bacon had a couple of efforts, then
Jack Defty headed over a Staff cross.
Tilley and Lombardo headed wide for the
hosts, who replied on 87 minutes following a number of
Player-manager Peter Coupland nodded home from a Tilley
But Bacon made the game safe in injury time when he latched onto
fellow youngster Nobes' long free-kick and fired home.
Linnets director of
football Kevin Boon thanked Lynn's travelling fans for their support.
supporters could have had a wasted journey because the game was in doubt, but
it still didn't put them off travelling," said Boon.
"They were very vocal
and really got behind the players".
Lynn: Nobes, Jones, Blois, Cpwling, Fyff, Defty, Staff, Raynor, Bacon, Stephenson (Weston 51), Holmes. Subs not used: Watts, Harvey, Blake, D Mayes.
Chatham: Fewell, Binks, Dowley (Cunningham 70), Boyle, Larkin, Best, Monteith, Robinson (Nicholl 54), Lombardo, Neal (Coupland 70), Tilley. Subs not used: Isham, Cooke
Att: 194. Referee: Magill (Colchester) Bookings: Lynn -Jones (66, foul) Chatham - Coupland (72 foul)