ALVECHURCH were sunk by reserve team winger Mark Howard,
who was drafted in as a make-shift centre forward because of injury to Martin
The pint-size 20-year-old from Gayton, tucked away an easy
first goal in the 41st minute when Kevin Ready's low centre beat the keeper.
This must have given Howard confidence and his next strike
ten minutes into the second half was a real Christmas cracker. He latched on to
a mis-placed pass in mid-field, advanced on the retreating defence and sent a
20-yard left foot shot into the corner of the net.
It was a vital goal, especially as Lynn had reorganised at
half time when Clive Adams was taken to hospital clearly shaken after a
collision of heads.
The Midlanders dropped their heads and Howard was denied
his hat-trick when Allard blocked his way after another speedy run which left
the defenders standing. From the resulting corner, however, Freddie Easthall
side-stepped one tackle and swerved in a shot through Allard's hands.
That made it' 3-0 after 65 minutes and Lynn were sure of
Three minutes from the end Howard and Twigger converged on
another Ready centre and unluckily for Alvechurch a goal-line clearance
rebounded off their player-manager John Chambers and into the net via a post.
And right on time Mario Ippolitto accepted a gift pass to
drill home the fifth.
It added up to the worst defeat suffered by Alvechurch this
season and the fifth time the Linnets have notched five goals in a match.
Lynn (4-3-3) Claxton: Mercer, Watts, Adams (sub Fryatt 45
mins), Easthall: Ippolitto, Foster, Hines,: Ready, Twigger, Howard
Alvechurch: Allard. Bowater,
Brown (sub Ivey 23 mins),
Goodman, Green, O’Dowd, Maffi, Chambers, Mullen, Jones, Brennan.