Dorchester Town 0 King's Lynn 1
4th March 2001
ALTHOUGH he did not want Sunday's encounter to go ahead, Linnets manager Tony Spearing was overjoyed after seeing Glen Fuff complete a fruitful weekend for his side.
Fuff's 80th minute header gave The Walks outfit a handsome return of four points from their double weekend away.
Although. clearly delighted by the performance of his players, Spearing, who was upset at playing two games on the trot, said. "Despite the result the game should never have taken place.
If it bad been snowed off in the morning or even abandoned half-way through the game then I wouldn't have been disappointed.
"The players have given. everything. We never looked in too much danger today, in fact the only thing that looked like working against us was
their tired legs.
Both Wayne Anderson and Jon Palmer - who excelled playing in a left wing-back role over the weekend - fluffed early efforts for Lynn, before Dorchester finally began to display the kind of urgency they will require if they are to avoid the drop at the end of the season.
Compared to Bath, Chuck Martini enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon, although the Moroccan was at full stretch to turn a header from former Southampton star Jon Gittens over his bar.
Seconds later, Lee Gibson was on hand to clear the ball off the line after Matt Groves' chip had threatened to creep just inside the post.
Midway through the half, home substitute Rob Murray flicked the ball into the path of Marcus Oldbury but his shot was too tame to seriously test Martini.
Lynn responded with some half chances of their own. Adie Hayes' fierce drive was comfortably dealt with by home keeper Mark Ormerod before Palmer blazed a chance over the bar.
Just as it looked like Lynn would settle for their second point of the weekend, Hayes delivered a corner from the left and the unmarked Fuff powered a header into the top corner of the Dorchester net.
This weekend was for brave hearts and once again my players have shown what they're all about.
Spearing added that in the circumstances he would have happily taken two points before the weekend, but admitted he was frustrated that his side did not win both games.
The Linnets boss also paid tribute to the large band of travelling fans who, like the players, stayed overnight in Weymouth and made their presence heard during both games over the weekend.
"They never cease to amaze me, declared Spearing. "We're not in the dizzy heights of the top six but they still travel over 300 miles to support us. They were magnificent."
Fuff's late winner - his third goal of the league campaign - settled a dour tussle at the Avenue Stadium, but in the main it was the sheer grit and determination that pulled Lynn through their second gruelling test in the space of 24 hours.
Their performance was made even more significant by the fact that they- were without the services of five of their senior players through injury.
Dave Puttnam, Jamie March, Simon Dakin and Spearing himself were all sidelined, while Tommy Wright named himself on the bench despite not being fully fit.
The Walks outfit understandably were a little jaded following their exploits at Bath the previous day, while Dorchester showed just why they have the lowest goal tally in the league with some woeful finishing in front of goal.
: Martini, Anderson, Clark, Robinson, Fuff, Lenagh, Gibson, Hayes, Jones (McNeil 89), Rowland, Palmer. Subs not used: Suiter, Wright.
: M. Ormerod, M. Sullivan (R. Murray 65), C. Ferrett (A. Harris 73), M. White, J. Impey, J. Gittens, M. Lonnon, M. Oldbury (M. Jermyn 82), M. Groves, A. Sargent, M. Holmes.
Lynn News Man of the Match
|Shots on |
|Shots off |
||Palmer (28 foul)
Anderson (69 foul)
- Dave Robinson