The Linnets jumped six places up the Southern League table with this win over Bury on Wednesday.
So early in the season, league tables do not hold great importance, but it is encouraging for the Linnets to reach the midway position especially as at the start of the month they were in danger of dropping to the bottom place.
While the Linnets have been improving their league standing with (now) five points from three games, former leaders Bury are sliding down. The visitors, weakened by injuries, have had a disastrous month going out of three cup competitions and losing their unbeaten league record.
It was Freddie Easthall who scored both Lynn goals - and he showed sharp form against his former club. Lynn could well have finished with more than the two goals to show for their efforts, but the two points they collected was the more important factor at the end of the evening.
"Our performances in the league have been better than those in recent cup matches," said manager Jim White. "We showed character tonight in knuckling down to the job of getting a result following that defeat by Spalding."
Certainly Lynn started off showing no hang-over from the cup replay fiasco. A header from Stewart and a shot by Easthall both troubled Bokenham in the Bury goal. In the 15th minute Reynolds got up to head in a centre, but Jackson cleared off the line.
After this the tempo of the game dropped, but Green could consider himself somewhat unlucky when he shot through a crowd of players and the ball cannoned off Bokenham.
Bury were offering no threat at all to Lynn, but they managed to hold out in defence until the 45th minute. A corner by Reynolds was met at the near post by Easthall who back-heeled the ball into the far corner of the net.
This was at the right psychological moment for Lynn to score and the continued to dominate in the second half.
In the 74th minute Easthall got his second goal when he tapped home from close range after Stewart had forced a centre by Reynolds.
Bury's first real pressure on the Lynn goal did not come until the last ten minutes. They should have pulled once goal back when Haines and Kempen both had chances, but Smith made a goal-line clearance.
|Lynn: Haistead, Moore, Johnston, Smith, Wright, Stewart, Green, McCallum, Reynolds, Lindsay, Easthall (Sub Richards).
Bury: Bokenham, Turner, Jackson, Snazell, Scheltens, Birch, Gilsenan, Haines, Pearce (sub Kempen 55), Chaplain, Hoggett.