King's Lynn 4 Tonbridge Angels 1
6th December 2003
The Linnets gave their slim title chances fresh hope by ending
Tonbridge's long unbeaten run at The Walks.
Lynn turned on the second half
style in front of their biggest league crowd of the season to humble the
Angels and cut the deficit at the top of the table to 11 points.
boss Darren Bloodworth said: "Normally when we play in front of a big crowd
we shoot ourselves in the foot, but I think we've won a lot of friends
"I was disappointed with the goal we conceded and I thought we sat
back and let them dictate too much in the first half, but after the break the
players did everything I asked of them.
"This result just shows the
capability within the side, but I'm still disappointed that we lost in the
week. This win just papers over that defeat."
The Linnets got off to the
best possible start in the sixth minute after Carl Holmes had been obstructed
down the left and Lynn were awarded a free-kick.
Dead-ball specialist Dave
Staff stepped up to bend the ball around a crowd of players and past Jamie
Turner, who had a shaky afternoon between the posts for the league
A physical Angels outfit, who possessed bundles of pace up front,
soon showed why they have come so hard to beat this season as they tried to
bully Lynn out of their rhythm.
Their first real chance of the match saw
them level in the 18th minute when the prolific Hamid Barr was allowed space
on the edge of the box and the striker drilled home.
The equaliser sparked
a long spell of Tonbridge possession, although there were very few chances at
either end, as Lynn tried to recover from the shock
minutes before the interval Tonbridge's John Beales and Lynn's Richard
Woodrow were involved in a nasty clash of heads, which resulted in the pair
both being substituted.
Ironically, Woodrow's departure did Lynn a big favour
with Paul Raynor coming on to add steel and experience in the middle of the
park, while Jack Defty took Woodrow's place on the right side of
Six minutes after the restart Raynor found Harris with a delightful
pass and the striker chipped the ball over to Staff.
Staff returned the
favour with a delicate chip of his own and Harris obliged by providing the
finish to put Lynn back in front.
Unfortunately the goal led to some
unsavoury scenes behind the goal as a handful of supporters from both sides
decided to trade blows before order was soon restored.
they had levelled, in perhaps the turning point of an enthralling contest,
three minutes later when Ray Powell back-heeled the ball over the line only
for it to be ruled out for offside.
The Linnets doubled their advantage a
minute later when Defty produced a sublime piece of skill to find Mark Camm,
who sidefooted home from close range.
Steve Wilson then denied Brandon
Cass with a comfortable save, before Defty provided the icing on the cake to
a memorable afternoon in the 70th minute,
with a little help from the
Defty's speculative volley from 25 yards never looked like
beating Turner, but the Angels' keeper somehow got himself in a tangle and
the ball flew into the empty net.
There was still time for Lynn substitute
Chris Bacon to have an effort cleared off the line, but by then Lynn were
well home and dry.
Lynn received a standing ovation at the end of an
edge-of-the-seat 90 minutes and quite rightly so for a brilliant
But once the euphoria from this victory has died down the players
know they will have to reproduce this kind of performance week-in and
week-out if they to considered as serious title challengers in the week's
Wilson, Jones, March, Burrows, Fuff, Defty, Camm, Holmes, Harris (Ndekwe 71), Staff (Bacon 71), Woodrow (Raynor 33). Subs not used: Glarvey, Nobles.
: Turner, Beales (Cass 36), Roser, Dolby (Hodge 71), Larkin, Royston, Tydeman, Overton, Howell, Barr (Searle 78), Piscina
: Lynn: Burrows (dissent 52). Tonbridge: Larkin (late tackle 23) Referee
: G S Hambling (Blofield Heath)
: Mark Camm/Jack Defty