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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 performance.
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 got nothing.
"It wasn't nice, but you're going to get games like that.
"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.
He showed 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 game.
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.
Lynn: Higgs, Jones, 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 80.
Evesham: 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: Ball 72.
Referee: G. Sandell (Norwich). Attendance: 771.
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