BEFORE THE LARGEST attendance at the Walks this season, Lynn were knocked-out of the F.A. cup competition on Saturday by Cambridge Town. Though the two goals which Cambridge scored were unusual and somewhat fortunate ones, no one could deny that the visitors fully deserved to win by that margin.
Almost from the kick-off they were the superior side, and were faster on the ball and displayed better understanding. It was only grand play by Lynn's defence that they did not score more times.
Lynn never gave up trying, but in front of goal the forwards revealed shyness in shooting.
Lynn began in purposeful fashion and in the opening minutes Robertson shot just wide with a hard drive and Murray headed over a cross-shot from. Corbett. At the other end, after Hudson had rushed out to punch the ball away, Ferguson lobbed goalwards and Fakenbridge headed the ball away for a corner.
Cambridge, using both wingers to good advantage, kept the Lynn defence fully extended, but Sillis, Fakenbridge and Burnett held them in check.
When Ferguson received the ball, unmarked, a few yards from the goal, Hudson managed to deflect his shot, and Sillis cleared off the goal-line.
Lynn could not manage to get within shooting distance of the Cambridge goal, and several Lynn breakaways were checked by Cambridge defenders passing back to the goalkeeper. Robertson once broke through and finished with a grand shot which Gallego saved splendidly.
Hudson, a few minutes later, made a grand save from J. Gallego. After clever work by Burnett, Lynn attacked strongly, and a shot by Wells which had the goalkeeper beaten was turned round the post by Bullen. From the corner Grantham headed over.
In the 40th minute Cambridge deservedly took the lead, though the goal was a rather unsatisfactory one. A centre by Wood was headed goalwards by BARNARD, and Hudson caught it against the inside of the post. The referee, standing beside the goal, did not hesitate in making the decision. Wells and Grantham changed places in an effort to equalise, and the latter, after being, put through by Murray, managed to get in a shot, despite close attention from Saddington. Showing more thrust, Lynn made several dangerous attacks, but were crowded out in front of goal. After 15 minutes Cambridge scored their second goal. From Barnard's centre FERGUSON headed tamely across the goal, and as Hudson ran after the ball it rebounded into the net off the post. Playing the more clever football, Cambridge retained the upper hand.
Lynn never gave up trying, however, but in front of goal seemed afraid to shoot. Wells, when well placed, passed to Robertson, only to see the pass intercepted. A free kick for a foul on Pearce just outside the penalty area was sent wide by Robertson.
For a time Lynn were without the services of Fakenbridge, stunned by a knock on the head. He returned after about ten minutes. In the meantime Lynn went all out for a goal, and in a melee in front of goal a Cambridge defender relieved the situation by conceding a corner. Soon afterwards Wells went near to scoring. Running in from the wing he sent in a rasping shot from 10 yards range, which. Gallego cleverly pushed over the bar.
Back on the wing, Grantham, though closely marked, got across some good centres, but the Cambridge defence always had the better of the goalmouth tussles. Towards the end Lynn tired, and Cambridge took advantage to attack keenly.
|Lynn: N. Hudson; E. Sillis, F. J. Fakenbridge; J. Wilson, A. Burnett, D. Pearce; N. Grantham, J. Corbett, C. Wells, J. Robertson, B. Murray.
Cambridge: A. Gallego; W. Harmer, H. Bullen; G. Dean, R. Saddington, J. Longstaffe; J. Wood, J. Chapman, G. Ferguson, F. Barnard, J. Gallego.
Referee: Capt. A. W. Britt (Bury St. Edmund's).
Attendance 3,000; receipts £150.