Tommy Taylorís farewell to Lynn FC was a winning one, guiding the side to
their seventh straight win (five taking place in cups).
It was an apt end to Taylorís Walks career, as just down the road he had
started his career at Leyton Orient.
Taylor, who has joined near-neighbours Peterborough (see back page), leaves
the club in an enviable position, topping the Southern League and reaching
the FA Cup first round proper.
It was also the 150th game for Lynnís Mr Reliable, Mark Camm.
Midfielder Camm said: "The gaffer only told me 20 minutes before kick-off.
In one way youíre surprised, and in another aspect youíre not.
"Iím not really surprised, with the games being played in recent seasons.
Iíve only missed about seven while being at the club.
"The last season, or the season before last, I went through without missing
"A groin injury is the only one Iíve really had – Iíve been playing with a
bit of pain in the last few weeks.
"I got it in pre-season last year and missed a few games. Itís come back
recently, and I missed the Tring game.
"I was told by the physio here thereís a lot of scar tissue still there,
which Iím trying to break down."
Camm, who lives in Dromfield, near Sheffield, added: "Itís getting better,
and itís more of a niggle. I donít know if itís down to an overstretch, but
the warm-ups we do are really good."
On Taylor, he said: "Tommy never said he wasnít going back into the football
"This might have been his last opportunity to get back into full-time
"Itís different for most of the players, theyíve got a long career ahead.
Iíve been playing regular football for three years and really enjoying it.
"For me, it would take a lot to go back and just be a squad player.
"Weíd all heard rumours about the vacant job at Rushden, but nothing about
the Peterborough one.
"He told us after the game he was going, and we know he was really choked.
It was a bit emotional."
Like the previous round at Worthing, and which also preceded a big FA Cup
tie, Lynn did just enough to win.
First half strikes from Michael Frew and Steve Melton sent the Linnets
through, earning £2,000.
Taylor had to make changes, Dean West coming in when Adam Smith, who had
pulled a stomach muscle, did not make the squad. Charlie Defty went to
left-back. Melton replaced Alex Notman (foot injury).
Frew sent Lynn off to a dream start in the third minute, being sent clear by
a Matt Nolan through-ball and slotting the ball into the net.
Frew and strike partner Nolan also combined on the edge of the penalty area
to set up Melton to simply put away his first goal for the club in his first
start and his second appearance for The Walks outfit on 40 minutes.
In between the two goals, both keepers made good saves.
Lynnís custodian Shaun Marshall dived to his right on two occasions to keep
out Williams and Thomas and maintain a 1-0 lead.
At the other end, midway through the half home sticksman Charlie Hasler
pushed over the bar a first-time volley from Matt OíHalloran.
The East Londoners were quite physical in the opening period, and Honeyball
was lucky to escape without a card for heavy challenges on Nolan and Frew,
which both required treatment.
Nolan was withdrawn at half-time in favour of Jack Defty, and the team
understandably went down a gear after the break as Leyton enjoyed more
Apart from their goal and a tremendous right-foot effort from Fazakerley,
which hit the base of the post, Leyton did not cause many concerns.
They got a consolation 13 minutes from time when Vas Soteriu sent in a good
cross and Fazakerley was left with an easy side-foot home from close range.
Despite this, Lynn were comfortable and could have increased their lead.
Jack Defty brought off two saves (one a header, one a shot) from Hasler, and
OíHalloran flashed two late efforts past the post.
The Walks outfit thus reached the final qualifying round, where the
Conference South and North sides come in.
They also stretched their unbeaten run to 15 matches – remarkable, since
nine of them have been away, including some tricky cup ties.
Leyton: Hasler, Thanda, Soteriu, Palmer, Honeyball (Gracey 51), Alderton,
Fazakerley (Brady 81), Bajada, Williams, Thomas, Parkyn. Subs not used: Umeh,
Lynn: Marshall, West, C. Defty, Warren, Cooper, Camm, Frew (Norris 66),
McMahon, Nolan (J. Defty 45), Melton, OíHalloran. Not used: Higgs. Referee: Mr
M. Bampton (Suffolk). Attendance: 154.
MoM: Sam McMahon.