A grey day for the Linnets as they were
outclassed and went out at their first hurdle of the FA Cup for the first time
in a number of years.
With the rain pouring down all afternoon, a former
Linnet helped to dump his old club out of the competition – Paul Lamb, who
scored the first goal on Saturday.
Lamb spent ten games on loan from
Northampton Town at Lynn from February to March 1993.
Banbury fielded two
good forwards, two quick wingers and had the better of the midfield. The Walks
outfit did equalise with a peach from Adam Jones, but they were well
In the opening half-hour Lynn coped with anything Banbury had to
offer, and could have been ahead with the best chance.
Jack Defty set up Paul
Kelly, restored to the starting line-up, but he slammed his shot wide with just
the keeper to beat.
This was Lynn's sole shot on target in the first
Whereas, on the 25-minute mark the Puritans had two efforts in five
Firstly, keeper John Higgs somehow threw himself to his right to
thwart a header from Andy Baird that seemed to be going in. Then a free-kick was
cleared to Ollie Stanbridge, who let fly from outside the box, but Mark Camm
headed off the line.
On 40 minutes another Baird header cleared the bar
following the hosts' eighth corner of the game.
A minute before
half-time Banbury's pressure paid off. Another attack was half-cleared and Lamb
hit a first-time shot from 25 yards over the advancing Higgs.
outfit came out for the second half searching for a quick equaliser. Danny
Bloomfield was tripped and Adam Smith's free-kick flashed past the post.
McMahon and Lamb were booked on 50 minutes for a clash, for which the visitors
were awarded the free-kick.
This resulted in a chance for Jones, whose
20-yard blockbuster scorched into the top right hand corner of the net.
were only level for seven minutes, as on the hour Stanbridge lobbed a hopeful
ball into the box from the right, and Baird nodded off the underside of the
With the helpless Higgs already on the floor having dived, Baird was the
first to react and stab home.
In the final few minutes, Lynn had a couple of
half-chances to grab a replay from their substitutes.
First Matt O'Halloran
had a scrambled shot; then Grant Cooper centred and Dean Whittaker, recovering
from a virus, really should have scored, but headed wide.
Tricker, Blossom, Kinch, Sullivan, Pond, Fuller, Stanbridge, Lamb, Redknap,
Baird, Gardner (Potter 88). Subs not used: McKay, Jackson, King, Gooderick.
Booked: Lamb 50, Baird. Goals: Lamb 44, Baird 60.
Higgs, Jones, Smith (O'Halloran 71), McMahon, Cooper, McNeil (Anselin 65), West,
Kelly (Whittaker 63), J. Defty, Bloomfield, Camm. Not used: Benstead.
Booked: McMahon 50, McNeil 52, Whittaker 66. Goal: Jones
Referee: W. Barratt (Bromsgrove).