Striker Matt Nolan maintained his rich vein of form in
front of goal as the Linnets continued their play-off
push at The Walks.
Nolan was on target with his sixth goal in 10 games as
Lynn ended Yate's seven-match unbeaten run.
The only goal of the game came straight from the
training ground when Sam McMahon's free-kick was
beautifully glanced home by Nolan on 29 minutes.
Lynn were given a timely boost before the off in front
of a healthy crowd of 868 when Yate lost goalkeeper Tony
Court in the warm up with a dislocated finger.
With no replacement on the bench, Yate top scorer,
Darrren Edwards, donned the gloves.
Lynn rarely looked like losing their five-match unbeaten
league run, which ironically started following a 3-2
defeat at Saturday's opponents back in early January.
Manager Tommy Taylor made two changes from the side that
gained a more-than-useful point at Chippenham a week
As expected, Matt O'Halloran replaced the suspended Jack
Defty in attack, while Matthew Peters replaced the
flu-ridden Cedric Anselin in the middle of the park.
In the fifth minute an early O'Halloran centre was
confidently clutched onto by Edwards.
Five minutes later, a crisp five-man move nearly
resulted in Peters getting a clear sight of goal.
Yate's first opportunity fell the way of Lee Jefferies
who tried his luck from long range.
Midway through the half, Linnets defender Dean West
left the field with a nasty-looking cut, just above his
By the time he returned, sporting a bandage around his
injury, Yate's Scott Brice had been booked for a
reckless lunge on O'Halloran.
Nolan's goal gave Lynn extra impetus, Stephen Harvey
narrowly heading an O'Halloran cross wide and Nolan
striking West's cross straight at the visitors keeper.
Chances were few and far between in a scrappy second
period, which saw Edwards foil O'Halloran just after the
Yate's best two opportunities of the game came in the
space of five second half minutes.
Paul Metheringham saw his effort creep just wide, while
Adam Sims skied over when well placed.
Nolan, instrumental in most of Lynn's best moves of the
afternoon, latched onto a hopeful ball from the back,
but his cheeky chip was well caught by Edwards.
In an effort to get something from the game, visiting
substitute, Christian Sylvester, a replacement for David
Sims a few minutes earlier, went in goal and Edwards
resumed normal service up front.
But, it was Lynn who came closest to extending their
lead when Mark Heath-Preston just failed to get a touch
to Nolan's driven cross with two minutes remaining.
Taylor said: "When we played them away I thought they
were one of the better teams.
"They didn't have one shot that our goalkeeper had
trouble with, we just had to deal with crosses.
On whether the injury to the Yate goalkeeper had an
effect on the game, Taylor said: "It might have done,
but I wouldn't have put my leading scorer in goal.
"They hadn't lost since Christmas and came here
cock-a-hoop and tried to bully us on a couple of
Lynn: Benstead, West, Smith, McMahon, Cooper, Camm, Peters (Heath-Preston
70), Carey, Nolan, Harvey (C. Defty 90), O'Halloran (Hammond 72). Subs not used:
Yate: Edwards, Sims (Sylvester 60), Elsey, Brice, Jefferies, Wyatt, Wood,
Chenoweth, Metheringham, Campbell, Cox. Not used: Vickerman, Barless, Thompson.
Booked: Brice, Chenoweth, Campbell.
Referee: G. Sandell (Norwich). Attendance: 868.