DREAMS of F.A. Vase glory for the Linnets were ripped apart by those Yorkshire terriers from Guiseley.
It really was too easy for the Leeds side who were always yards faster than the sluggish Linnets. On the big day, before a crowd of just under 1,000, the Linnets hit rock bottom in this 4th round tie as talented Guiseley deservedly look another step closer to Wembley. And it could have been much, much worse. Trevor Saunders in goal prevented further embarrassment with some marvellous saves and the Guiseley forwards generously missed numerous chances.
Lynn gambled on Ged Creane's fitness at the back and the goal-scoring talents of new signing Chris Cook up front. It didn't work.
Creane was playing with his left knee heavily strapped and lacked his usual mobility and authority. Even fully fit, however, the club skipper would have been hard pressed to hold a shaky defence together.
Cooks debut was quiet. The only effort on goal from the former Boston Utd player was a header glanced wide in the first half but the service he got was negligible and eventually he was substituted.
But from the start Guiseley looked the part. There was excellent control, passing and pace from the Weekly Wynne League leaders, who hay been unbeaten since September.
Tricky winger Billy Roberts missed no less than three glorious chances before he put Guiseley ahead in the 30th minute. Lynn then had their one moment of jubilation with an equaliser two minutes later. Determination from Selwyn Shelton paid off, Jackie Gallagher turned a pass inside and Lee Rippin finished off strongly.
That hardly upset Guiseley's rhythm and Saunders somehow kept them
out with fine saves before and after half time.
Just briefly the Linnets countered as Gallagher blazed over front close range, then David Massingham was brought down on the edge of the area and his hard and low free kick just needed a touch in front of goal. The best move, in the 65th minute, saw Cook and Gallagher set up Shelton who drilled a shot into the side netting.
That was Lynn's last chance. In the 67th minute it was Alan Roberts, younger brother of the felt winger, who put Guiseley back in front as defence were caught out again.
Saunders could not be blamed for that goal. or the next two which followed from Richard Annan in the 74th minute and Mark Tennison in 85th minute
Guiseley simply powered through from defence and midfield, pushing players forward in relentless attacks.
|Lynn: Saunders, Nightingale, Creane, Clark, Webster, Shelton, Rippin, O’Keefe, Massingham, Gallagher, Cook. Substitutes: Reilly (for Cook 65 minutes), Horwood (for Shelton 81 mins).
Guiseley: Maxted, Atkinson, Hogharth, Morgan, Bottomley, McKenzie, A Roberts, Tennison, Walling, Annan, B Roberts. Substitutes: Noteman (For Walling 81 mins) and Tetley.