The Linnets recorded their biggest away win for 33 years to go top of the
British Gas Southern League Premier Division.
Both teams played impressively controlled football on a windy day although
Lynn had that extra bit of craft, speed and skill to get themselves out of
trouble when Cirencester threatened.
Adam Smith’s cunning free kick on 11 minutes was knocked by Matt Smith into
the corner of the net for a sickening own goal.
Cirencester pressed, with the effervescent Ian McSherry and the cunning Steve
Cowe making Mark Warren and Grant Cooper work hard in the Linnets defence.
But, in spite of having the wind and rain advantage, Cirencester could not
make clear enough openings and whenever Lynn cleared Shaun Carey was on hand
to move the ball on.
On 46 minutes Shaun Marshall made a blinding reaction save from a Scott
Griffin header, but on 57 Lynn got clear water when Adam Smith found Carey who
put Matt O’Halloran inside Shaun Dyke for Jack Defty to sidefoot the precise
McSherry in the next moment cut past Cooper and from the edge of the box
deliberately lobbed Marshall only to be robbed by the bar.
Lynn dug in, with Cirencester tiring, and clinched the match midway through
the second period when Lee Smith failed to reach a long Carey cross and
O’Halloran was left clear for a header.
On 71 minutes, Matt Jones notched for Cirencester, heading in Steve Cowe’s
Lee Smith was the unfortunate creator of another home own goal when Carey’s
wayward shot on 86 deflected off him and went in.
Then with the hosts caught upfield, Luke Kennedy got away on 89 with the
exposed Sawyer saving the first shot but not stopping the rebound.
Mark Camm scored an absolute peach with seconds remaining, working a quick
series of one-twos with Adam Smith and Matt Nolan before rolling home his
first goal in nearly two years once he was behind the defence to beat Kevin
Lynn fully merited their win - they played the ball accurately and
carefully, with real zip in their passing to make the accuracy of their
give-and- go support play the measure which was fractionally ahead of an
equally impressive passing game from Cirencester.
Cirencester: Kevin Sawyer, Shaun Dyke, Matt Bicknell (Lee Smith 31), Steve
Cowe, Matt Jones, Lee Molyneux, Marc Richards, Michael Jackson (c), Ian
McSherry, Scott Griffin (Mike Symons 86), Matt Smith (Rene Regis 86).
Subs not used: Steve Leigh, Alex Hards.
Lynn: Shaun Marshall, Dean West, Adam Smith, Mark Warren (c), Grant Cooper,
Mark Camm, Jack Defty (Michael Frew 60), Shaun Carey, Matt Nolan, Sam McMahon
(Charlie Defty 65), Matt O’Halloran (Luke Kennedy 75).
Subs not used: Frazer Toms, Stephen Harvey.
Referee: Mr N. Radford (Worc).
MoM: Shaun Carey. Att: 195.