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Weymouth 1 King's Lynn 0
14th November 1998
MIDFIELDER Dave Puttnam was left to rue the easiest of missed chances. as the Linnets fell to a late defeat on the south coast.
With the score goalless, Puttnam fired over the bar from ten yards out in the 11th minute with only the keeper to beat after a move involving both Micky Nuttell and Worrell Sterling.
"I'm gutted," said Puttnam, after seeing Weymouth's Stuart Heath volley his side the points in the 84th minute.. "I know I should have scored, but hit the shot on my wrong foot and couldn't keep it down."
Had it gone in then Lynn may well have been on their way to their second away win in succession after the match had followed a similar pattern to the one. at Halesowen a week previously.
Lynn had by far the better of the first half exchanges before Weymouth laid siege on the visiting goal for the majority of the second half.
Lynn made it very, very hard for us," said Weymouth manager Fred Davies after the game. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy, Lynn had the better of it early doors but I thought we deserved the win on our second half performance."
These words offered little consolation to player manager Gary Mills, who knew that his side should have held on for share of the spoils.
"I'm very disappointed, especially when you get as close to getting a result as this," said Mills.
"Once again I couldn't fault the commitment and passion shown by the lads. We did very well in the first half winning many of the second balls but we didn't take our chances and that's important when you're away from home.
"In the second half it was a totally different ball game as we were a bit naive by letting the ball keep coming back at our defence. They put us under a lot of pressure and got the break near the end."
It was Puttnam who missed Lynn's other best opportunity of the game in the 52nd minute, but this time he was foiled by the finger tips of Paul Myers in the Weymouth goal after trying his luck from 30 yards.
Chuck Martini and the Linnets defence had little rest in the second period with the former Moroccan international having by far his best game between the posts before being beaten by Heath's late strike.
"Everybody is disappointed but we've got to keep working hard and mustn't start feeling sorry for ourselves," said a determined Mills, looking ahead after Weymouth had completed a season's treble over his side. Lynn: Martini, Mills, Spearing, Robinson, Fuff, Puttnam, Hoyle, Ramsey (Cotterell 86), Nuttell, Wilson, Sterling. Subs (not used) Clarke, McGinty
Weymouth: Myers, Gammon (S Browne 60), Flory, A Browne, Waldock (Adcock 75), Powell, Robinson, Hutchinson (Mansell 83), Heath, Laws, Boulton.
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Report by permission of the Lynn News