THE Linnets are clinging on to promotion hopes by their fingertips after this
thoroughly deserved win over the second-place side.
In an entertaining game
between two passing sides, the outstanding Lee Stevenson full of flair and
good touches scored on his home debut, and pacy Mark Paul also impressed on
his return to The Walks.
If they won at St Leonards last night Lynn were six
points off the second promotion place with Salisbury still having a possible
three-point deduction hanging over their heads.
The Walks outfit got the
perfect start in the fourth minute following a great move.
showed Lynn fans why he is the club’s record sell, crossed from the left,
Chris Bacon nodded the ball down and David Staff lurking on the left of the
box hit the ball first time into the opposite top corner of the net.
Linnets continued to dominate the early exchanges, with Stevenson at the hub,
and had a number of near-misses.
From his pass Paul just failed to control
when in a good position to score.
Paul returned the favour, but Stevenson was
denied by a great low save from keeper Kevin Sawyer.
Paul Raynor found
Paul with a 40-yard pass, but Scott Bartlett denied him with a last-ditch
Lynn were punished for not gaining a two-goal advantage when the
Lilywhites scored with their first decent chance of the game on 23
A corner was half-cleared, Gary Funnell put it back into the Lynn
box, and South African striker Stuart Brown chested the ball down and struck
home at the near post.
Lynn still threatened. Jack Defty fed Stevenson for
a brilliant one-two with Bacon, but this time a defender’s legs thwarted him.
The persistent Bacon saw a volley just drift over the post and
However, a minute before half-time Paul found Stevenson, who got his
reward from close-range at the second attempt after another good Sawyer
Stevenson wasn’t finished, and his great effort from the touchline
Sawyer needed to tip over the bar five minutes after the break. Bacon went
close and Sawyer saved at Defty’s feet.
But Bacon made the game as good as
safe on the hour, volleying into the top of the net after Stevenson had hit
the bar with a header.
Salisbury boss Nick Holmes (an FA Cup-winner with
Southampton) threw on all three substitutes to no avail, so well did Lynn
The visitors were reduced to sub Adam Wallace having two chances
which keeper Steve Wilson dealt with.
Lynn had two late efforts cleared
off the line, Paul and Stevenson engineering a mix-up between Sawyer and
Bartlett which required Nathan Perkins to hack away.
Sub Richard Woodrow
was unlucky when John Purches cleared from under the bar.
Lynn: Wilson, Holyoak, Blois, Burrows, Fuff, Defty (Woodrow 78), Stevenson, Raynor, Bacon (Holmes 78), Staff, Paul. Subs not used: Weston, Jones, Nobes.
Salisbury: Sawyer, Strong, Perkins (Witt 76), Purches, Emms, Davies, Bartlett, Funnell (King 63), Phillips, Brown (Wallace 62), Bowers. Subs not used: Killick, Burt
Referee: M. Blackledge (Peterborough)