A serious injury to defender Greg Grane soured
Lynn’s opening day 1-1 draw at Bashley on Saturday.
Linnets striker Michael Frew rescued a point for his
side with a late header, but the main talking point
was the departure of Crane, who was stretchered off
in the second half.
The towering centre-half fell awkwardly on his ankle
six minutes into the second period after venturing
forward for a Lynn corner and suffered damage to his
ankle ligaments as a result.
Linnets boss Keith Webb said: "We’re going to be
without Greg for a few weeks at least.
"His ankle is like a balloon and I’d say that he’ll
be out for a minimum of four weeks."
Webb was delighted with Lynn’s opening point, which
arrived after Frew was left unmarked to meet
substitute Matt O’Halloran’s corner from the left in
the 82nd minute.
"It was a battle and this isn’t an easy place to
come," admitted Webb.
"Bashley’s front two were a real handful and will
cause many teams a problem throughout the season.
"I don’t know if Bashley can play a lot better, but
I know we can and that fills me with a lot of
Lynn’s hero Frew said: "It was nice to get off the
mark from a personal point of view and it was
important that we got something from the match with
our first six games being away from home."
Lynn had been forced to re-shuffle their pack before
kick-off with defender Ben Chapman (calf) and Jack
Defty (back) both sidelined.
The ever-reliable Charlie Defty was rewarded with a
start at left-back, while utility player Greg Lake,
signed by the club on Friday, had to be content with
a place on the bench.
Bashley made the brighter start with Richard
Gillespie – scorer of 41 goals last season – a
constant thorn in their side, along with Justin
Keeler out wide.
Matt Parnell thumped a header over the bar, while
Gillespie twice came close to giving the hosts the
Lynn’s best chance came in the 42nd minute when Joe
Francis curled a free-kick inches wide of the
Bashley took the lead on the stroke of half-time,
when Gillespie nodded home a Craig Davis corner.
Chances were few and far between in the second half
as the game turned into a scrappy and niggly affair.
The introduction of Matt O’Halloran in the 64th
minute gave Lynn a new lease of life.
O’Halloran saw his header cannon off a Bashley
defender after good work by Francis on the left.
Gillespie drove a shot wide as the game entered the
last 15 minutes, while O’Halloran’s free kick was
deflected behind for a disputed corner six minutes
But from the resulting corner, the former Boston
United wideman delivered the cross for Frew to level
matters – much to the delight of the Lynn travelling
Bashley: Elm, Gazzard, Ferrett, Castle, Parnell,
Knowles, Keeler, Davis, Moss (Tarr 87), Gillespie,
Unused subs: Morant, Keeping, Riley, Harper. Bookings: Ferrett, Castle, Keeler.
Lynn: Howie, West, Defty, Warren, Crane (Lake 52),
Camm, Frew, Melton, Nolan (O’Halloran 64), Turner,
Francis (Bloomfield 74).
Unused subs: Fisk, Murray. Bookings: Lake, Francis.
Referee: A. Biddulph, (Nether Wallop). Attendance: 298.
MoM: Michael Frew.