Aylesbury United 1 King's Lynn 4
5th March 2005
THE Linnets are dreaming of the play-offs after their second win in a week saw them move within three points of sixth placed Aylesbury when they beat them 4-1 on the road at the weekend.
Lynn raced into a three-goal lead after just 21 minutes with goals from the two Danny's, Bloomfield and Hammond before Robbie Harris effectively ensured victory with a third before half-time.
The Ducks raised their game in the Second half and clawed their way back through a Greg Williams strike on 70 minutes before Matt O'Halloran restored the three goal margin with a tap-in late on.
After the game Linnets manager Tommy Taylor said: "We played _ very well, especially in the t half.
"We played some lovely football on what was a lovely pitch. They couldn't handle us in the first half."
Taylor praised midfielder Matt O'Halloran and young defender Stephen Harvey, but led a glowing tribute to Robbie Harris who replaced the suspended Darran Hay.
"Robbie Harris was magnificent up there on his own and it will be hard to leave him out on Saturday after that performance," said Taylor.
It could have been different for Tommy Taylor's men had Ducks' Paul Edgeworth and Daniel French made more of their early chances but it was the league's best supported club who got the opener on four minutes.
O'Halloran found space down the left before delivering a perfect cross to the head of Bloomfield
who ghosted in unmarked on the penalty spot to direct the ball past Ducks keeper Jack Rashid.
Six minutes later it was two as another cross from the left, this time from Ludovic Quistin, which saw the ball bounce off the head of veteran centre back Matt Hayward and into his own net under pressure from Linnets defender Hammond
United went close through Colin Baker but as they pushed for a way back they were punished by Harris' goal on the counter.
After beating an unconvincing offside trap, Harris
went clean through and caught the advancing Rashid unawares with an early strike from the edge of the box.
Ducks midfielder Williams
twice went close during a spirited display after the break and it was third time lucky as he scrambled home at the far post following a mazy run and shot from left-back Daniel Mead.
The away side held firm under immense Ducks pressure and sealed victory on 81 minutes when Bloomfield rounded Rashid leaving him stranded outside the box before supplying O'Halloran
with a simple tap-in.
: Rashid, Hodges (Ridley), Mead, Lamb, Hayward, Folds, French Williams, Baker (Kearns), Roberts, Edgeworth (Gray). Subs not used: Powles, Brumwell.
: S. Wilson, Harvey, Setchell, O'Halloran, Hammond, Quistin (J. Wilson), Camm, Defty, Harris (Bacon), Bloomfield, Angel. Subs not used: Forshaw, Hyde, Higgs.
: Mr J Cox (Evesham).
: Robbie Harris.