The Linnets went down in their top of the table clash to a 76th-minute
It was a proverbial game of two halves as The Walks outfit
bossed the first half in front of the biggest attendance (922) seen in the
league so far this season, but lack of a cutting edge again cost
The Whites, the league leaders with a 100 per cent home record at
their Raymond McEnhill Stadium, then had the better of the second
The pivotal moment came when ex-Southampton midfielder Tommy
Widdrington fed the ball to experienced forward Paul Sales.
a one-two with Matthew Tubbs but the latter was brought down by Mark Camm. Tubbs
picked himself up to send the spot-kick into the bottom right hand
Lynn manager Tommy Taylor said: "In the first half we were
excellent, in the second we were poor. At half-time I said to them that I didn't
want them to come in, they were playing so well, the best I've seen them play
"I said don't change your game, keep passing it. But we sat
too deep and we were hitting long balls. The three lads in midfield never got
the ball, it was going over their heads.
"In the first half Cedric
Anselin ran the shop. In the second you didn't see him because no-one from the
back gave him the ball.
"It was a clear penalty, no question. Cammy
followed the ball and the runner's gone in behind him."
Some fans alleged
Taylor made hand gestures to them, but Taylor replied: "I just held my hands up,
it was through frustration as I couldn't do anything about it.
kept saying 'change it', but they don't know what's going on on the
"(Forward James) Bunn tweaked a thigh muscle in the warm-up, and I
couldn't put him on."
In the opening half Lynn, with Anselin returning
from suspension in a 4-5-1 formation, had their chances. Matt O'Halloran shot
wide on ten minutes, had one saved by home keeper Kevin Sawyer and blazed over
just before the interval.
On the half-hour Danny Bloomfield's header from
a Sam McMahon free-kick was denied by Sawyer.
Lynn stopper John Higgs
only really had to keep out one effort just before the break, by
It was a different story after half-time with the hosts more in
control of the game. Sales nodded over a cross from Widdrington, who himself had
a penalty appeal turned down on the hour mark following a challenge by Grant
Then a blockbuster from Wayne Turk was deflected for a corner as
Lynn fought a desperate rearguard action before the breakthrough came from
Five minutes from the end Higgs pushed over a goalbound corner
from Craig Davis.
Salisbury: Sawyer, Bartlett, Browne, Richardson,
Bond, Widdrington, Turk, Davis, Sales, Tubbs, Haddow. Subs (not used): Regis, Ferrett, Holmes, Cooper, Matthews.
Booked: Widdrington, Bartlett.
Goal: Tubbs 76.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Smith, McMahon (Jones 86), Cooper,
Hammond, Defty, Anselin, Camm, Bloomfield, O'Halloran. Not used: Kelly, McNeil,
Booked: Hammond, West, Jones.
Christopher Salt (Pulborough).