FORWARD Malcolm Ndekwe came off the bench to inspire the Linnets in seeing off
the Ryman Leaguers.
The sides were locked 1-1 at half-time, the Oxfordshire outfit levelling within
a minute of Jack Defty’s opener and frustrating the hosts, but it was one-way
traffic after that with Lynn stepping up another gear.
Ndekwe, back to form, scored his first goal in 11 games and Defty completed his
brace. It was only the heroics of Thame keeper Milan Barisic which kept the
The Walks outfit had the first chance in the fifth minute, Carl Holmes drawing a
smart low save from outside the box.
Holmes, switched to up front by manager Peter Morris with David Staff out wide,
did not strike up an understanding with new partner Chris Bacon.
Lynn had a scare when poor defending by Glen Fuff and Jamie March cleared the
ball to Mark C. Jones on the edge of the area, and Jon Higgs, again preferred to
Steve Wilson, tipped over.
However, a good move from the Linnets resulted in them taking the lead.
The ball was quickly switched to the left, March finding Staff, and his cross
caused a mix-up between Barisic and Tony Joyce.
Holmes’ header was parried, but
Defty hammered home the rebound.
United immediately replied as Mark Burrows, back from flu, almost back-headed
an own goal. The resulting corner was nodded home by Justin Merritt.
But Higgs had little to do after that as Holmes had an effort cleared off the
line and Fuff headed over.
Defty’s shot was tipped around the post as Lynn began the second half with
renewed purpose, especially when Ndekwe replaced the ineffective Bacon on the
The Linnets camped in the opposition half with Ndekwe showing plenty of pace
and an aerial threat.
The industrious Mark Camm went inches wide with a 20-yarder and Ndekwe was
twice denied by good saves.
After much home pressure, Defty rose to head home Paul Raynor’s corner with 15
Ndekwe deservedly sealed the tie on 83 minutes, latching onto an excellent
Holmes through-ball over the top, and the striker used his strength to score
at the third attempt.
Barisic saved his best until last, somehow keeping out a Ndekwe blockbusting
Lynn: Higgs, Jones, March, Burrows, Fuff, Defty, Camm, Raynor, Bacon
(Ndekwe 60), Staff (Woodrow 85), Holmes. Subs not used: Glarvey, Wilson.
Thame: Barasic, Avery, Joyce (West 67), Salisbury, Williams, Merritt,
Gradner, Mitchell, Keen (Stewart 57), MC Jones, Perna, Subs not used: Hocking,
MJ Jones, Chownes
Referee:.C Reeve (Godmanchester) Attendance: 669. Lynn News Man of the Match - Malcolm Ndekwe