Mark Camm scored a rare goal as the Linnets’ floodgates burst open at last, with their biggest win so far in the Blue Square North on Saturday.
Two home wins in the space of a week over lowly sides have given Keith Webb’s men mid-table security.
Crisis club Hyde, whose manager Steve Waywell departed late last week, proved they were no pushovers after they pulled it back to 2-1, but two late goals gave promoted Lynn some deserved breathing space in their new surroundings.
Lynn took the lead in the sixth minute when the unopposed Jack Defty headed home a Michael Frew corner.
Seconds later Hyde’s best player Chris Symm blazed over from 20 yards, but it was Matthew Tipton who came closest for them in the first half, Scott Howie reacting smartly to save, and Simon Weaver cleared up.
Adam Smith cleared the resulting corner onto the post.
Camm’s strike (the defensive midfielder usually averages one per season) came late in the half, surging forward, playing a one-two with Joe Francis and confidently drilling the ball into the bottom of the net.
Lynn could have closed the game out from there, with the dangerous Frew perhaps having better options when deciding to shoot, while his corner kick was helped on to the bar by skipper and keeper Craig Dootson.
Julian Joachim charged down the keeper’s clearance which on another day could have led to a goal, while Defty missed a free header.
Hyde continued to threaten and continued to pass neatly, Nicky Clee centred for Tipton to head home with 11 minutes remaining and set up a potentially nervy finale.
But Lynn stepped up a gear. A good break involving Jack Defty, Frew and sub John Turner resulted in Danny Bloomfield hitting the base of the post with a header, but Frew buried the loose ball from an acute angle.
The diving Bloomfield tried again from Charlie Defty’s centre, and this time made no mistake deep in injury time to preserve Lynn’s unbeaten league run.
Striker Neil Tolson – who directed matters from the bench – and former Halifax boss Chris Brass are in temporary charge, of the fourth-bottom Cheshire club, who are now facing a relegation battle.
Linnets manager Keith Webb said: on Mark Camm being so high up the pitch and scoring: “Mark’s got a nosebleed, and he’ll have to sit on that goal for the rest of the season.”
|Lynn: Howie, C. Defty, Smith, Peters, Weaver, Camm, Frew, Mitchell (Fisk 58), J. Defty, Joachim (Bloomfield 70), Francis (Turner 76). Subs not used: Sedgemore, Murray. Goals: J. Defty 6, Camm 37, Frew 84, Bloomfield 90+3.
Hyde: Dootson, Brass, Lynch, Munroe, Williams (Cooke h-t), Inness, Cartwright, Harrison (Rick 35), Tipton, Symm, Clee (Owens 81). Not used: Bailey, Bernstein.
Booked: Clee 44. Goal: Tipton 79.
Referee: W Norcutt (Harlow, Essex) Attendance: 1,095. MoM: Mark Camm.
Stats, Lynn first: shots on target 7, 6; off target 7, 8; corners 6, 8; offside 0, 5; free-kicks 10, 9.