The Linnets booked their place in a two-legged final as they came from behind to
win for the first time in nearly a year on Tuesday night.
But it took Tommy
Taylor's troops an extra 30 minutes to see off a much-changed Histon side from
the one that beat Lynn in the league last weekend.
Substitute Ludovic Quistin
netted the all-important winner in the second period of extra time after Gary
Setchell – with his first goal in open play for the club in nine years – had
spared Lynn's blushes with a late equaliser in the 88th minute.
game Taylor said: "We didn't play well but we won the game. We were absolutely
useless in the first half.
"Histon did well, but we gave them their goal by
allowing them to cross the ball into our box."
Histon fielded a team of
mainly reserves and fringe first team players, while Taylor opted to hand most
of the Lynn side their third start in five days.
The Linnets were in full
control for the first 35 minutes with Mark Angel at the heart of every
Danny Bloomfield (twice), Robbie Harris, Danny Hammond and Angel
himself all missed chances to give Lynn an early lead before The Stutes took the
lead against the run of play.
Histon's Nathan Knight Percival knocked over a
hopeful cross in the 38th minute and Lynn's defence was nowhere to be seen as
Craig Hammond stuck out a leg to tuck the ball home.
Lynn's heads immediately
dropped and it was clear before the break that it was always going to be a
battle to get back into the game.
It was Histon who should have increased
their advantage after the restart with Louie Farrington forcing Wilson into a
Former Linnet Ian Cambridge then fired wide before both he and
Hammond failed to take a gift after Wilson had spilled the easiest of
A tired-looking Lynn outfit showed little after the break and 15
minutes from the end a healthy crowd of 571 breathed a huge sigh of relief when
Cambridge's header curled wide of the post with Wilson well beaten.
only possible lifeline looked to be from a set piece and that proved to be the
case when Setchell levelled from Angel's corner.
Bloomfield then struck the
post in the first period of extra time before Histon keeper Lee Huyler pulled
off fantastic stops to deny both Darran Hay and Bloomfield again as a penalty
shoot-out crept ever closer.
The winner arrived in the 108th minute when
Bloomfield's glancing header was superbly saved by Huyler before the ball fell
to Quistin who drilled home his first goal for the club from 18
Quistin's final duty was to dash from the ground in his kit to get the
last train home.
Lynn: S. Wilson, Harvey, Setchell, Clark,
Hammond, Camm, Staff (Hay 59), Defty (Quistin 57), Harris (Blake 64),
Bloomfield, Angel. Not used: Higgs and J. Wilson.
Histon: L. Huyler, D. Toombs (D. Baldock 105), E. Okay, M. Webster, D. Coe, W. Goddard,
Erhan Okay (A. Bensuad 97), L. Farrington, C. Hammond, I. Cambridge, N. Knight Percival. Subs not used: P. Peachey, P. Leete and T.
Referee: Mr IR Searle (Bishop Stortford).