The news that Adam Smith would be imminently moving to
Peterborough United failed to put a dampener on the
Linnets, who registered a fine victory and display.
A stunning strike from another shining star in The Walks
firmament, Michael Frew, and another from new recruit
Steve Melton, were enough to beat a game and in-form
Cirencester outfit. Lynn could even afford to miss a
It was an emotional departure (see back page) for the
popular diminutive Smith, who earned a standing ovation
when being substituted near the end.
Caretaker boss Shaun Carey said: "We wanted to give him
a proper send-off. We wish him all the best.
"He was quite emotional, and really feels for the club.
"When there’s a contract waiting for him on Monday (at
Peterborough), he’s given it 100 per cent for the club.
He phoned me in the week and still said he wanted to
Carey added: "If we close teams down and pass the ball
quickly, we’ll destroy teams.
"We had a blip for ten minutes in the first half, with
kamikaze football. It was ’we have a chance, now you
have a chance’.
"In the second half we were outstanding. We kept it
solid at the back and looked comfortable.
"We missed three or four sitters, and missed a penalty,
but if we keep clean sheets, there are so many in the
team who can score."
On Smith’s replacement, Carey said: "I’m looking at a
left-back on Tuesday night. We’ve got the option of
putting Mark Camm back there, with Charlie Defty being
on a course."
On scorer Melton, Carey said: "Steve works so hard, and
has got an eye for goal."
Lynn’s biggest Walks crowd of the season – for another
two weeks at least – was fuelled by the lure of the
purchase of FA Cup second round tickets, and any casual
fans would have been thrilled with an end-to-end first
Jack Defty, Frew and Sam McMahon all had early chances
before Frew had one saved and away defender Oliver
Holder handballed when trying to clear.
But Frew weakly put the resulting ninth-minute penalty
(identical to Mark Warren’s miss the week previously) to
keeper Kevin Sawyer’s right for a comfortable save.
Cirencester also had their chances, Shaun Marshall
coming to the rescue most notably from Scott Griffin,
and Dean West had to hack the loose ball off the line.
Frew could have had a hat-trick by the half-hour mark,
but put away his most difficult chance in the 31st
minute with a magic left-foot volley from 20 yards into
the corner of the net.
Ferenc Puskas, the legendary Hungarian with a deadly
left peg who died on Friday, would have been proud.
Ten minutes into the second half Defty had a header from
a corner saved, and Melton fired into the roof of the
net to double the advantage.
Frew blazed over when set up by sub Matt Nolan on 72
minutes after a trademark Smith free-kick, while Matt
O’Halloran caught the blazing-over bug soon afterwards.
Warren had a header blocked by Sawyer on the line as
Lynn finished with flourish, enabling Smith to have a
Lynn: Marshall, West, Smith (Norris 90), Warren, Cooper,
Camm, J. Defty (Nolan 71), McMahon, Frew, Melton,
O’Halloran (Notman 83). Subs not used: Higgs, Crane.
Goals: Frew 31min, Melton 55.
Cirencester: Sawyer, Smith, Regis (Hall 69), Leigh,
Holder, Molyneaux, Richards, Jackson, Symons, Griffin
(Etheridge 69), Cowe. Not used: Rogers.
Attendance: 1,471. Referee: P. McCaul (Hunts). MoM: Michael Frew.