A fine individual goal from Michael Frew was the
highlight as Lynn extended their unbeaten run to 11
matches to move them four points clear at the top of the
Frew got the all-important first goal midway through the
second period to set The Walks outfit on their way after
cutting inside from the left, dancing his way past three
players and drilling a low shot past Mike Green from 20
Matt O’Halloran added to the score six minutes later
before Jack Defty chipped in with his 50th league goal
for the club to complete victory seven minutes from
Linnets manager Tommy Taylor said: "Mangotsfield are the
hardest team we’ve had to play physically, but our boys
looked after themselves well.
"We stuck at it. The players were frustrated at
half-time as Mangotsfield just sat deep.
"Once we scored everything opened up, but we kicked on
again and it’s games like that which will give the
players a lot of belief.
"The clean sheet was pleasing and I thought Charlie
Defty was magnificent alongside Mark Warren."
Chances were few and far between in a frustrating first
half, which saw the visitors defend with plenty of
players behind the ball and referee Mr Burt blowing his
whistle for fun under the watchful eye of an assessor.
In the second minute, Adam Smith’s corner was left by
Jack Defty and was glanced agonisingly wide by the head
of Dean West.
Eight minutes later Smith’s free-kick was guided over by
the energetic Frew, who also went close 11 minutes
before the interval when his first-time volley from Jack
Defty’s flick-on flashed wide of the target.
A strong and resilient Mangotsfield rarely threatened
the Lynn defence, which had the new-look centre-half
partnership of Mark Warren and Charlie Defty in fine
But the visitors should have broken the deadlock in the
36th minute when Rob Claridge headed Aaron Cornwall’s
centre straight into the arms of Shaun Marshall.
Frew’s individual piece of magic finally lifted the
spirits, before the former Nuneaton man received a swift
booking for taking off his shirt during the goal
Lynn’s second goal was also worth the admission money
alone when Defty’s neat touch found O’Halloran, who
slotted home in a congested box.
Defty then became the first player since Brett McNamara
to net his 50th league goal (151 league appearances) for
Lynn when he latched on to Sam McMahon’s long pass and
surged pass Ollie Price before sliding the ball into the
Lynn: Marshall, West, Smith, Warren, C. Defty, Camm, J.
Defty (Fry 83), Mahon, Frew, Norris (Nolan 56),
O’Halloran (Harvey 90). Subs not used: Gaughran, Higgs.
Goals: Frew (67), O’Halloran (73), J. Defty (82).
Booking: J. Defty, M. Frew.
Mangotsfield: Green, Arndale, Allward, Warren, Price,
Wilmot, Cornwall, French, Claridge, Anyinsah (Dieye 78),
Lane. Subs not used: Meaker, Howells, Lock, Book.
Attendance: 914. Referee: S. Burt (Northants).
MoM: Mark Warren.