THE Linnets lost ground in the title race with
Saturday's draw at lowly Cheshunt in this proverbial
"game of two halves," which leaves them 11 points behind
leaders Bath City with a game in hand.
Lynn boss Keith Webb said: "It was a disappointing first
half. We didn't come out of the blocks for whatever
"Paul Crichton held his hands up for their first goal,
but he kept us in the game.
"We got back to 2-1 up, but I was disappointed we
conceded just after we scored, with sloppy defending.
"Matt Nolan's goal was superb. He's played really well
in the last six games, he's got his game together.
"Big Jack Defty came on and gave us a bit of strength."
In the absence of Mark Warren, Greg Crane continued his
partnership with Grant Cooper, who felt at home as he is
Lloyd Opara had returned to Cheshunt from Peterborough
United, but had an injured thigh.
Lynn had a poor first half when they could muster just
one noteworthy effort – Andrew Fisk punting a hopeful
high ball forward and Matt Nolan getting a shot in which
Martin peat saved.
Cheshunt had several good chances in the opening period.
Captain Steve Obeng found George Gregoriou, whose effort
was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Crichton.
The pace of Dewayne Clark troubled The Walks outfit all
afternoon, and his shot was deflected past Crichton by
Lynn went behind in the 40th minute. The division's
leading scorer Darrell Cox was tackled by Dean West for
This was swung in by ex-Linnet Lee Allen under the bar
of Crichton, who seemed to have the ball then spilled
It was left for Cox to stab home just over the line from a couple of yards.
Crichton denied Cox a minute later when set up through
on goal by Gregoriou.
Keith Webb's half-time team talk paid instant dividends
within five minutes. Michael Frew dispossessed Gyoury
and passed to Fisk, who sent a first-time shot from 20
yards into the top corner of the net to equalise.
On 55 minutes a combination of Steve Melton and sub Jack
Defty fed Nolan, who should have shot, but passed to
Matt O'Halloran, who missed an open goal.
Keeper Peat was injured just after the hour mark, to be
replaced by Michael Kalli.
Lynn instantly had another good opportunity, as Melton
cut in from the left from a Mark Camm pass and flashed
across the face of goal from a tight angle.
However, the Linnets took the lead on 78 minutes. Camm
played a good crossfield ball to Jack Defty. He picked
out Nolan who, with his back to goal, directed an
acrobatic overhead bicycle-style kick home.
But Cheshunt levelled two minutes later. Despite the
presence of three defenders, Cox was allowed to trap the
ball and convert his brace with a hit-and-hope effort
from 25 yards without a challenge.
Lynn's last chance of the match was Alex Notman firing a
free-kick two feet over the bar. The game ended with
visiting fans voicing their displeasure.
Cheshunt: Peat (Kalli), Wattley, Parry, Gyoury, Fenton,
Allen, Barratt, Obeng, Gregoriou, Cox, Clark. Subs not
used: Bernard, Bashkal. Booked: Allen, Obeng.|
Lynn: Crichton, West, Blois, Cooper, Crane, Fisk
(McMahon 57), O'Halloran (Notman 68), Camm, Nolan, Few
(J. Defty 48), Melton. Not used: Cave-Brown, C. Defty.
Referee: P. Barnes (Peterborough).