Tony Jacques, one of the Southern Leagues most dangerous strikers,
demolished Lynn’s unbeaten league run at The Walks on Wednesday.
A prolific goalscorer with Nuneaton, Kettering and now in his second spell with Banbury, Jacques scored the two goals which completed an unhappy five days for Lynn.
After Saturday’s poor FA Cup performance at Thetford, team manager Mick Wright made switches for this vital match against the 100 per cent league leaders. Wright moved himself to centre forward with Woolmer taking a mid-field role.
But before Lynn could get get into their stride they were shattered by a third minute goal. A quick break exposed the defence and Steel could only block Jaques’ shot. Sherrell following up calmly shot in again and Jacques got a deflection, the ball spinning off Painter’s feet over the line.
So Banbury, a goal up, now settled into packing their defence and mid-field, letting Lynn try and find a way through the maze.
And Lynn rarely looked like breaking through. A header from Clarke just past the far post and efforts from Easthall and Brooks which were deflected away did not unsettle Banbury, who replied with clearer chances which Lines threw away.
A minute into the second half Foster put in a low cross and Jacques was allowed to squeeze by two defenders to slide the ball home. Banbury, with six amateurs in the line-up, looked a sharp outfit.
Majority of the next 44 minutes was spent in the Banbury half: Wright had a header pushed against the bar by Rennie, an Easthall shot was blocked, Clarke hooked over from Kerr’s quick free-kick.
Bloxham was then brought on for Lindsay in the 75th minute and promptly dispossessed Rennie, but his push forward was cleared by Kearns before Wright could move n.
Lynn, on this showing, have not solved their problems and three dropped points in three home games is a record which speaks for itself.
|Lynn: Steel; Radcliffe, Ferr, Painter, Smith, Woolmer, Lindsay, Brooks, Wright, Easthall, Clarke. (Sub. Bloxham)
Banbury: Rennie, Karns, Haynes, Moulsdale, Butler, Crogaly, Svenson, Foster, Jacques, Lines, Sherrell. (sub Matthews)