King's Lynn 1 Histon 4
12th April 2005
WHEN this season is finally laid to rest, manager Tommy Taylor's main aim in the summer will to sort out a defence which has leaked too many goals to sustain a successful promotion challenge.
The Linnets were once again out-muscled and had no answer to Histon's direct approach in a game which was effectively over as a contest in
the opening 20 minutes.
Taylor admitted his side's failings after the game, saying "We've been done by four set pieces and that's where we have to stop being so naive.
"I told the players afterwards that if they can't handle what I ask of them then I will bring people in who can.
"Histon just got the ball and played to their strengths and we couldn't deal with it.
"I knew it was going to be difficult as we haven't of the biggest team in the world."
The turning point of the game came in the eighth minute when Histon keeper Lance Key was only shown the yellow card for handling the ball outside his box.
While the home fans howled for a straight red, referee Mr Beevor decided that Key hadn't denied striker Danny Bloomfield a clear goalscoring opportunity with one of his own defenders between him and the Linnets frontman .
The resulting free-kick eventually came out to Clark, whose 20-yard drive crashed against the Histon post.
Lynn undone all of their
good work in the opening 20 minutes by gifting The Stutes a goal with their first effort of the match.
Adrian Cambridge swung in a corner from the right and Colin Vowden was left unmarked for a free header.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Lynn only half cleared another set piece to Neil Andrews, who struck home the sweetest of volley's from all of 30 yards.
Lynn hauled themselves back into contention 10 minutes before the break when Bloomfield powered home a David Staff centre.
Chances were few and far between in the second period, although Jack Defty saw a header go close, Sam McMahon's chip struck the upright and David Staff grazed the woodwork late on.
Lynn's defensive horror show continue in the 77th minute when Neil Kennedy slotted home following a third set piece. The Walks outfit's misery was completed five minutes later when Vowden nodded home the fourth.
: Higgs, Harvey (Quistin 74), Staff, Clark, Hammond, Camm, Defty (Forshaw 82), McMahon, Hay (O'Halloran 65), Bloomfield, Angel. Subs not used: J. Wilson and S. Wilson.
: L. Key, L. Farrington (E.
Okay 48), W. Goddard, R. Hipperson. C. Vowden, A. Cambridge, R.
Nightingale (D. Bridges 76), N. Andrews, N. Kennedy (L. Gutzmore
83), I. Cambridge, J. Barker. Subs
not used: M. Joseph, N. Knight- Percival.
: 788. Referee
: Mr R. Beevor (Norfolk).