ARE the Linnets destined never to score at Newport Isle
Carl Holmes had a last minute penalty chance to set the record straight, but in a kick which Jonny Wilkinson would have been proud of, he sent it high over the bar.
Dave Staff had been brought down by Glenn Howes, who was booked, and some observers said Holmes who had a poor game - `did a Beckham’ and slipped on a water-soaked pitch as he took the spot-kick.
It means in three trips to St Georges Way Lynn have not found the net. And with threats of the ’Port being wound up, Saturday might have been The Walks outfit’s final chance.
Caretaker boss Darren Bloodworth said: "Considering the distance we travelled and the conditions it was a good point, but we should have won.
"We had more than enough chances to win and I was pleased with the way the players performed, especially in the second half."
The Linnets deserved to win, the long journey overseas not seeming to affect them, and they played much better than their previous two away games.
The rain was so bad the match official needed to pass the pitch fit following an inspection.
Gary Setchell, beginning his third spell at home-town club Lynn after signing on Thursday, made an early impression by being booked after just 90 seconds for his first tackle.
The Islanders had the first chance in the early exchanges, Hatcher working his way into the box before forcing the only real save Lynn keeper Steve Wilson -
who dived on the ball after fumbling at first - had to make all afternoon.
Mark Burrows conceded a free-kick which Howes directed over the bar, but Lynn came back into the game.
On 25 minutes Jack Defty set up fellow hard-working midfielder Mark Camm, whose long-range effort just went over the target.
On the half-hour mark, Defty laid off to Staff whose shot was deflected for a corner. From this Defty headed wide.
Defty again went close just before half-time, his 30-yarder superbly palmed away by home keeper Simon Arthur.
The rain lifted after the break, and five minutes in Holmes’ physical challenge on Cannie prompted some pushing and shoving, after which Holmes and Hatcher were yellow-carded.
The hosts’ Adam Barsdell was fortunate to escape with merely a yellow card when he pulled back Robbie Harris between the corner flag and Newport’s penalty area.
Paul Raynor came on for Jamie March, so Setchell moved into defence and looked more comfortable there.
On the hour Harris took advantage of a defensive mix-up but his shot was too weak on the wet surface, and Port skipper Simon Pilcher cleared off the line.
Staff was denied by a double save in the closing minutes, while Newport rarely threatened and just had efforts blocked by defenders.
Holmes almost redeemed himself for his miss in stoppage time, but his volley was well saved.
Newport IoW: Arthur, Buckman, Barsdell (Perry 68), Holmes, Pilcher, O’Rourke, Keeping, Howes, Cannie (Wright 68), Hatcher (Bridges 86), Cheudy.
Lynn: Wilson, Jones, March (Raynor 56), Burrows, Fuff, Defty, Setchell, Holmes, Harris (Bacon 65), Staff, Camm. Subs not used: Cobb, McManus, Nobes.