Mangotsfield 2 King's Lynn 1
16th December 2006
Frustrated caretaker manager Shaun Carey was left with
just 11 players and one fit sub after four of his squad
failed to arrive before the kick-off due to a lorry
overturning on the M4.
The majority of the squad had stayed overnight in the
West Country leaving the rest, due to work commitments
and suchlike, to travel on Saturday morning
Grant Cooper, Fraser Toms and Rodney Hicks never showed
following the accident. Goalkeeper Shaun Marshall only
arrived at the end of the first half, while Stephen
Harvey also doubled up as physio.
Michael Frew, who was injured and not going to play, was
one of the three named subs.
Carey fumed: "I can't speak highly enough of the 11 who
were there. I can't ask for more."
On the late arrivals, he said: "I've made my thoughts
aware. You can call it (the accident) bad luck – but I
don't call it that.
"It's been dealt with, there's been fines handed out by
"Players like Mark Warren threw themselves into every
"I played Alex Notman just behind big Jack (Defty) and
Matt Nolan wide on the right, and it worked well
"It was a tough game, and the pitch was not the best.
"We gave away a sloppy goal from a set-piece.
"We missed a penalty at one each, when the game could
have gone our way.
"We switched off for their second goal. It wasn't as if
we could make any changes."
John Higgs, who only just made it in time for kick-off
deputised for Marshall and Mark Camm went into defence
Nolan it was who got a welcome goal to give Lynn the
lead on 35 minutes. He latched on to a mistake by Neil
Arndale to score.
Four minutes later the Field levelled when Gary Warren
netted following a free-kick which Lynn failed to clear.
On 53 minutes Alex Notman became the fourth Lynn player
to fail to score from a spot-kick (the previous three
were Warren, Cooper and Frew) after a foul on Nolan by
Warren. Notman's penalty was saved by Will Puddy.
The home side got the winner on the hour, Rob Claridge
converting a cross by Jon French.
Now It's a case of concentrating on the league and
catching up on those fixtures.
: Puddy, Arndale, Sylvester, Warren, Shatford, Casey, Hawkins, French, Claridge, Morrissey (Cornwall 63), Lane. Subs not used: Anyinsah, Powell, Bone, Book.
Booked: Claridge 28 min, Sylvester 43, Warren 55. Goals: Warren 39, Claridge 62.
: Higgs, West, C. Defty (Harvey 83), Warren, Melton, Camm, J. Defty, McMahon, Nolan, Notman, Norris. Not used: Cooper, Toms, Frew, Marshall.
Booked: Nolan 68, McMahon 78, Melton 88. Goal: Nolan 32.
: N. Radford (Worcester). Attendance