For their last match of the season Lynn Town journeyed to Portman Road ground, Ipswich, on Saturday, where before a crowd of 5,000, they met Ipswich Town in the final of the Ipswich Hospital Cup competition. The Lynn team was practically at full strength.
Mr Frank Goddard was referee, and the teams were as follow:
Ipswich Town: Nicholls, Milne, Webster, Taylor, Colby, Groom, Gibbs, Talman, W Green, J Green, Burch.
Lynn: Bedwell, Woodhouse, J Massingham, Raper, Henry, F Massingham, Osborne, Waterson, Smith, Veal, Pearman.
A strong wind was blowing when Ipswich won the toss and set Lynn to face the elements. Lynn, however, quickly got going and became generous. Within five minutes from the start Waterson passed out to the left to VEAL, and the latter, turning in, scored with a good shot. Thus heartened, Lynn continued to press, their forwards passing well, and Nicholls, the Ipswich goalkeeper, had a busy time in holding his own.
Ipswich then retaliated, but found a stubborn opposition, and it was evident that Lynn were giving as much as they received. They were certainly the more dangerous side. Waterson got going on one occasion and Milne failed to stop him, but Nicholls just managed to get to the ball at the last moment, and saved. Further pressure by Ipswich followed. Their forwards got position, and on at least two occasions Burch sent across good centres from the left wing. A free kick followed for the home team and this was taken by Taylor, but the "Linnets" held their own for the next few minutes, when shots were rained on their goal from all angles.
Massingham and Woodhouse put in some very creditable work at this juncture and repeatedly cleared when the Ipswich forwards bore down upon them.
The next move of note was when Burch got going along the left again. He swung in a good shot which went just outside the post. Bedwell was out of position at this stage and had the shot got round there would have been danger. The pressure, however, was relieved at last, though Burch was repeatedly troublesome and kept the Lynn backs busy.
After thirty-five minutes TAYLOR received the ball as it came from the goalmouth and banged it back with a great left-foot drive. Waterson did his best to stem the current, but Ipswich continued to maintain ascendancy.
Halt-time Ipswich Town 1 Lynn Town 1
In the second half Lynn showed their superiority after being a little subdued in the opening stages. After about 16 minutes’ play, however, they took the lead from an unexpected goal scored from close range. Nicholls came out but failed to gather, and WATERSON ran the ball into the net to put Lynn ahead. Not long afterwards, however, Lynn again increased their lead, OSBORNE putting in after Nicholls had made a good attempt to save from Smith. About a minute from the end J GREEN reduced the lead for Ipswich.