King's Lynn 1 Worcester City 2
2nd March 2002
IN a weekend of turmoil following Tony Spearing's dismissal, the Linnets' acting boss Kevin Boon lost his first game in charge after a dream start.
Zeke Rowe relishing a new midfield role nodded in a deep Adie Hayes free-kick in the fifth minute for his first goal since November, and took his shirt off to mark the occasion.
But after Lee Hudson had missed a gilt-edged chance, it was Worcester well-organised and dangerous on the break who had the final celebrations.
Within minutes City were level when Hayes was dispossessed around his penalty area, and Darren Middleton fired a sweet shot, which Steve Wilson got a hand to, into the top corner of the net.
But lack of creativity in the final third again cost Lynn their next and only shot on target came from Rowe in the 84th minute.
"We had a great chance at 1-0, but we got frantic and stopped passing the ball," said player-coach Tommy Wright.
"Zeke and Kevin White did well, but I think their first goal deflated us, and their second was messy and should have been cleared."
That winning goal came when Mark Shail prodded in a loose ball following a disputed free-kick.
An experiment with Matty Clements at right wing-back did not work because he lacked possession, and Lynn need to pick up form if they want to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.
In one of the worst second halves at The Walks this season, Wilson touched Adam Webster's effort on to the bar on the hour. Reserve Kieran Doherty came on for his first team debut.
: Wilson, Clements (Doherty 73), March, NcNeil, Fuff, Welsh (Anderson 65), White, Hayes, Watts, Hudson (Wright 87), Rowe.
: D. McDonnell, A. Davies, P. Carty, C. Heeley, M. Shail, J. Holloway, M. Burrow, S. Hadley, A. Webster, D. Bullock (Jukes 79), D. Middleton. Subs not used: L. Jackson, J. Hyde.
|Shots on |
|Shots off |
||White (26, retaliation)
Rowe (36, dissent)
|| Bullock (26, foul)
Carty (42, foul)
Holloway (52, dissent)