LYNN had to overcome the second half dismissal of defender Tony Spearing before claiming their first point at Bath for 28 years [sic - it was the 1961-62 season]
Spearing was dismissed for his second bookable offence in the 67th minute, but gallant Linnets battled on to make it only one defeat in 13 matches.
"Sometimes in football you have to defend and we did that down the slope for the whole of the second half," said manager Gary Mills.
"This is a brilliant point for us. If you want to win things in football then there are times you have to defend and today we did that magnificently.
"They’ll say that they should have had three or four goals, but we were big and strong and refused to be intimidated. It won’t be the last time we have to defend like that away from home," he continued.
Lynn’s defensive display was nothing short of awesome after a constant barrage of second half pressure from the home side.
Twice in the second period the woodwork came to their rescue but Lynn, with goalkeeper Chuck Martini refusing to be beaten, held firm.
It had all started so well for the Linnets when Lee Wilson, celebrating his 50th appearance in Lynn colours, fired his side in front after 14 minutes.
Wilson slotted home the easiest of chances from close range after Lyndon Rowland had directed Dave Puttnam’s cross into his path with a cushion header.
Bath gradually found a way into the game and hauled themselves back on level terms in the 41st minute after Wilson had unnecessarily lost possession in the home side’s half before the Romans broke upfield to score through a Martin Paul header.
Defending down the slope, Lynn found the going tough in the second half with the home side pushing forward at every opportunity.
Lynn’s hero was Martini who made up for his juggling antics on crosses with two saves out of the top drawer.
First of all the Moroccan blocked a Jimmy Fraser effort with his body before somehow managing to turn a Graham Colbourne shot round the post.
Goalscoring chances were few and far between for Lynn in the second half but, late on in proceedings, Puttnam scooped his shot over the bar after looking set to score.
"That performance will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season," added Mills. "We’ve given ourselves another chance to go second by beating Worcester on Saturday."
Lynn: Martini, Mills, Clark, Dakin, Fuff, Spearing, Harbottle, Marsden, Rowland, Wilson (Turner 85),, Puttnam (Cleaver 80). Subs (not used) McGinty, Nwadike.
Bath City: Jackson, James, Bodin, Harrington (Fraser 66), Towler, Lloyd, Davis, Holoway, Colbourne, Paul, Clode (Walker 83). Sub (not used) Skidmore.
|Shots on |
|Shots off |
||Marsden (21, foul)
Dakin (34, foul)
Spearing (47, foul)
Harbottle (48, foul)
Mills (82, foul)
Spearing (67, foul)
Sullivan (80, foul)