THE Linnets came from two goals behind in the final 20 minutes to keep their
slim promotion hopes alive with an unlikely point.
For 70 minutes of this
contest Peter Morris’ side looked more like relegation material rather than
promotion contenders, before a stirring fightback saw them nearly snatch a
The introduction of Adam Weston and young defender Nicky Blake changed
the course of the contest and breathed new life into Lynn, who had laboured
through the opening three-quarters of the game in first gear.
As in many
matches this season the officials once again took centre stage with some bizarre
decisions but, as bad as they were, they couldn’t be blamed for a poor Lynn
In the fifth minute Paul Raynor’s free-kick fizzed across the
Dorchester box and missed everyone.
But other than that and a couple of
long-range efforts Lynn were largely anonymous in the first period.
organised Dorchester outfit dominated possession and were first to the ball in
The Magpies took the lead in the 23rd minute when the shaky
Lynn defence allowed Matt Groves to drill home.
Fifteen minutes later it
should have been 2-0, but Jamie Brown somehow managed to head wide after being
allowed both time and space in the box.
Dorchester continued in the same vein
after the break and in the 53rd minute Matthew Hann crossed for Martin Shepherd
to make it 2-0 in the Magpies’ favour.
Simon Nobes them came to Lynn’s rescue
with two fine stops to prevent Dorchester from gaining an even bigger
Those saves proved to be crucial as Lynn replaced the ineffective
Jones with Weston and the hard-working Chris Bacon with Blake.
won himself few friends by failing to dismiss the already-booked Brown for a
crude lunge on Blake, before booking Holmes minutes later for a challenge not
half as bad as Brown’s earlier.
Lynn gave themselves hope by reducing the
arrears in the 73rd minute when Lee Stephenson played in David Staff, who
delightfully lobbed Magpies keeper Mark Ormerod.
Six minutes from time a
vociferous Lynn crowd were on their feet when Blake glided past a Dorchester
defender on the left and pulled the ball back for Holmes, who fired home with
There only looked one team capable of winning in a real
cup-tie atmosphere as Lynn poured forward in search of a late winner.
Burrows header, which was cleared off the line, was the closest Lynn came to
snatching a win, while at the other end Nobes denied Dorchester the three points
with a fine save from Brown.
The final whistle came and Lynn left the field
knowing that had they shown the same kind of urgency in the opening 70 minutes
then they could have been celebrating three points rather than just the one.
Lynn: Nobes, Jones (Weston 61), Cowling, Burrows, Fuff, Defty (Watts 83), Staff, Raynor, Bacon (Blake 71),
Dorchester: Ormerod, Hann, Keeler, Jermyn, White, Harris, Holmes, Brown, Shepherd, Groves, Oldbury. Subs: Andrews, Radcliffe, Cooper, Cherrett, Legge.
Att: 747 Referee: P McCall