GARY Setchell's Linnets put a difficult few days behind them with a majestic team performance on Tuesday night.
The 11-man team huddle that marked the away side's 12th minute opener showed the great spirit still evident, and they went on to produce by far their best display of the season.
Even though Danny Beamont notched a hat-trick, it was difficult to pick out a star performer as Lynn ran a decent Rangers side ragged in the first half to lead 4-0. The home side rallied after the break but the final score still flattered them.
Jack Defty, looking leaner and working harder than he has all season, powered Lynn ahead with a header from Nelson Morriera's run and cross. Ten minutes later Danny Beaumont's thunderbolt from 20 yards cannoned in off the bar and it was already game over at 2-0.
Morriera, looking so confident after stepping up from the reserves, clipped in the third after a sublime Defty through ball, and Defty was at it again just before the break when he put through Beamount to make it four.
Deeping stemmed the onslaught when they caught the Linnets on the break after 62 minutes with a well-taken Mark Jones goal, but Beaumont was on the mark again seven minutes later when he beat impressive home keeper Doughty with a raking shot from outside the box.
And it could have been so much worse for Tuncay Korkmaz's team. Impressive defender Stuart Wall headed narrowly over after just five minutes, Beaumont went just wide with a 20th minute free-kick and then was denied by Doughty shortly after.
Morriera and Defty were denied by Doughty again before Stephen Spriggs shot just wide.
After the break Lynn continued their dominance, with Doughty again brilliantly denying Defty before Kris Jones somehow blocked a Morriera shot yards in front of goal.
Captain Ross Watson, back in central defence after the week's events which resulted in Paul Cousins being released, headed a corner just wide midway through the half, and Morriera just failed to turn in a cross from Pat Bexfield, whose energy levels never ceased to amaze.
And Defty, Bexfield and sub Ben Coe saw more chances go astray as the Linnets simply outclassed hard-working Rangers.
Keeper Alex Street made two good saves when called upon, Jordan Yong was solid at left back and Danny White won everything in midfield, where Luke Thurlbourne also enjoyed his best game for a long while.
All in all, an excellent performance, and, with Robbie Harris still to come back into the fold, Lynn are still very much in the race for the title.
|Lynn: Street, Bexfield, Yong, Watson, Wall (Buhleman 72 mins), White, Spriggs (Fryatt 52), L Thurlbourne, Defty, Morriera (Coe 68), Beaumont. Sub (not used): Hailes.