King's Lynn 2 Evesham United 1
1st October 2005
The Linnets went up to third place after
this game, when the result turned out to be more important than the
With five goals featuring in each of The Walks outfit's previous
two games, this one was of a different sort for unpredictable Lynn, and it saw
few clear-cut chances.
Evesham spectacularly equalised a Sam McMahon goal,
but the visitors had a man sent off before Danny Bloomfield fired in his seventh
goal in six matches.
Linnets boss Tommy Taylor said: "We had to win the
game. We haven't played well but got the three points. We've played better, and
"It wasn't nice, but you're going to get games like
"You can't whack sides every week.
"After we scored we went
long-ball again, it was just 'get rid'. I said to the two centre-halves, start
passing the ball into the midfield.
"They were a team of bullies. I said to
the boys that one or two may get sent off in the second half.
"They had a bit
of pace up front, quicker than our centre-halves."
A hand injury to skipper
Jack Defty following an awkward fall meant James Bunn made his home debut a bit
earlier in the game than he would have wished.
But the former Spurs trainee
and England schoolboy, still seeking fitness after a long lay-off, showed enough
to suggest he could be the answer to Lynn's frontman problems.
control, good touch and vision, was not afraid to shoot from any angle, and went
off to generous applause.
Taylor said of Bunn: "You know when the ball goes
into him, they won't get it back.
"He just needs more matches and more work
in the gym."
First-half chances were limited, Cedric stabbing wide and
volleying at the keeper, and McMahon's first-time effort at a corner was well
saved by Dave Adey.
A great tackle by Grant Cooper on Jermaine
Clarke denied a chance, then soon after the big forward had the ball in the net
just before half-time but it was ruled offside.
Matt O'Halloran again
dazzled down the wings, and his cross set up the opening goal four minutes into
the second half.
Bloomfield's control let him down, but McMahon buried the
loose ball into the roof of the net.
Curiously, this led to nothing for the
home side, who resorted to long balls instead of a crisp passing
Evesham wasted a couple of opportunities by firing straight at John
Higgs, but Richard Ball stunned the home faithful by picking up the ball and
sending it into the top corner in a flash from 35 yards, Ball reacting with a
couple of petulant gestures.
This seemed to sting Lynn into life, and ten
minutes from the end Anselin and Bunn combined to enable Bloomfield to slot past
the keeper and his right post from eight yards.
Adey, stretching to his left,
denied McMahon a second goal, but five minutes from time, Robins substitute
Grant Pinkney was red-carded for stupidly shoving O'Halloran on the touchline
right in front of the assistant referee.
Smith, McMahon, Cooper, McNeil, Defty (Bunn 35 – Harris 89), Anselin, Kelly,
Bloomfield, O'Halloran. Subs not used: Harvey, Hammond, Benstead. Booked:
O'Halloran (44 minutes, diving). Goals:
McMahon 49, Bloomfield
Adey, Watson, Hamilton (Pinkney 42), Robinson, Cooper,
O'Toole, Blake (Hall 59), Hadland, Ball, Clarke, Martin. Not used: Lawrence, Spiers, Knurek. Booked:
Hamilton (25, foul), O'Toole (78, not
retreating), Ball (38, diving). Sent-off: Pinkney (85, violent conduct). Goal:
G. Sandell (Norwich). Attendance:
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