Ilkeston, struggling to avoid the
ignominy of finishing bottom of the Southern League Division One (North) made Lynn work hard for this slender victory on Good Friday.
They defended desperately and managed to keep Lynn out because of numerical strength rather than skill.
But they fell to a 37th minute goal by the enterprising Dominic McCallum. The move was started by Tony Woolmer who put Mick Bloxham clear on the left, from the resultant centre Ilkeston cleared only to Malcolm Lindsay who put the ball straight back into the middle where McCallum steered it past Paul Daly.
Earlier Daly saved superbly from McCallum, then David Clarke apparently had an open goal to aim at but David McVay cleared off the line.
Ilkeston relied entirely on the hard running of Winston Raymond for their attacking threat. He managed their first shot in the 46th minute when he had a half chance from a long clearance down the middle but shot high over the bar.
A free kick by Alan Ellis in the 55th minute went much closer, shaking the cross bar but that was the last of Ilkeston's goal attempts.
David Brooks had a couple of late chances and Vince Radcliffe, who was operating more as a winger than a full back forced Daly to a low save from Bloxham's short free kick.
This was Lynn's second double of the season having won 2-1 in Derbyshire on the opening day of the season.
|Lynn: Steel, Radcliffe, Lindsay, Wright, Smith, Bloxham, Brooks, McCallum, Easthall, Woolmer, Clarke (Sub Painter).
Ilkeston: Daly, Atkinson, M Rye, McVay, Robertson, Wild, G Rye (sub Ball 75 mins), Ellis, Buckley, Raymond, Lawson.