King's Lynn 0 Merthyr Tydfil 0
9th September 2006
LACK of firepower cost the Linnets as they drew a blank
in their top of the table clash at home to Merthyr on
After striking six the previous week, The Walks outfit
had the opportunity to end this division's sole
remaining unbeaten run, but "Arsenal syndrome" let them
It was pity their excellent build-up play was let down
by their shooting, but Lynn were ultimately frustrated
by a well-organised Merthyr side.
Over-elaborate play meant good potential first-half
shooting chances were turned down in favour of just one
more pass, or players trying to walk the ball into the
net at times.
Adam Smith had the right idea when pushed forward in the
second half, his effort from 25 yards being the closest
Lynn got to a goal.
Lynn manager Tommy Taylor said: "We had enough chances
in the first half to have won the game, but we gave away
too many fouls up the pitch in the second half.
"In the first half we were comfortable. We've got enough
goals there in the team. Matt Nolan needs a goal."
Referring to ex-Manchester United trainee and Norwich
City midfielder Alex Notman, who made a first-team
comeback following a long-term ankle injury, which
forced him out of the pro game, Taylor said: "We lost
one in midfield. I don't think the boy got in the game.
"With what he's got, he should be on the ball more. He
should want it more, rather than sitting there and
waiting for the ball.
"We didn't get enough bodies into the box. In the second
half Grant Cooper was sitting too deep, and the pitch
gets 'bigger'. Cammy and Sam McMahon can't get forward
because there's too much space.
"Coops can't compress play properly as he only comes
down to training once a week.
"I said to the players: The reason why you're in amateur
football is because when you haven't got the ball, your
body language is wrong. Two games in a week is too much
for some of them."
Lynn's first-half football was a delight to watch as
they are learning to play to their strengths on the
In the fifth minute a Jack Defty's header from a corner
was cleared off the line by Gareth Marshall.
Matt O'Halloran almost got a cross past away keeper
Ashley Morris, but after that Lynn wasted a host of
potential scoring situations.
Matt Nolan, fed by Defty, shot weakly at Morris. Smith,
O'Halloran and Notman went close in the half, while
Nolan returned the favour to Defty just before the
break, but the forward again directed a first-time
effort at Morris.
As a recently-departed England boss might say: "Second
half: Not so good."
Although saying that, the Linnets could still have won
the game in the opening minute, Smith's free-kick
brilliantly headed off the line by Steve Williams.
The Welsh side shaded the second period and made Lynn
keeper Shaun Marshall work harder, saving well from
Smith came closest for Lynn with a swerving 25-yarder
which Morris almost let through his arms, and Nolan's
attempted lob was tipped over the bar at a corner.
: Marshall, West, Smith, Warren, Cooper, Camm, J. Defty (Frew 57),
McMahon, Nolan, Notman (C. Defty 70), O'Halloran (Fell 62). Subs not used:
Tydfil: Morris, S. Williams, Smothers, Phillips, C, Rewberry,
Kift, Dimon (Thomas 84th minute), Shephard, Steins (Billings 65), Keddle. Not
used: Durham, Collins, D. Williams.
: M. McPherson (Ely, Cambs). Attendance