King's Lynn 3 Bradford P A 1
19th September 2009
LYNN'S first home win of the season was soured by a serious injury to Jason Bradley and a second red card of the season for fellow frontman Anthony Robinson.
On-loan Bradley - making his Linnets debut after gaining international clearance after playing in Wales - netted Lynn's third goal of the afternoon in the first half with a wonder strike before hobbling off nine minutes into the second period after a block tackle with Bradford PA's Simon Ainge ended in catastrophic fashion.
Just a few minutes later Robinson followed his team-mate off the pitch after clearly aiming an elbow at Ainge for his second yellow card of the afternoon.
Robinson's latest misdemeanour took Lynn's disciplinary count to more than 30 yellow and a handful of reds so far this season.
The Walks outfit were indebted to goalkeeper Danny Gay for keeping them in the match in the opening quarter-of-an-hour.
Gay pulled off a string of fine saves to keep Bradford at bay, with striker Chris Hall the main culprit in front of the target for the visitors.
The Linnets made the breakthrough in the 20th minute when Owen Story was bundled over in the box by Jamie Price and Robinson scored from the spot-kick.
Two minutes later Lynn doubled their advantage when Chris Stabb deflected Ryan Beswick's centre into his own net.
The goal of the game and, perhaps of the season, followed in the 29th minute when Robinson set up Bradley, who unleashed a stinging 25-yard right-footed volley past a bemused Steve Dickinson in the Bradford goal.
Bradley's howitzer ended an incredible spell of three goals in nine minutes as Lynn turned the game on its head.
Nine minutes after the restart Bradley went down under the challenge of Ainge, seemingly twisting his left ankle in the process.
More trouble followed when Robinson had a rush of blood to his head to leave Lynn with a tricky final 30 minutes.
Aiden Savoury did net a consolation goal for the visitors on 82 minutes as Bradford PA finished slightly the stronger but Lynn deservedly held on for a long overdue home win.
: Gay, Aisien, Spencer, Lloyd, Rowe-Turner, Boyce, Story, Magunda, Bradley (Smith), Robinson, Beswick. Subs: Heggs, Smith, Smedley, Webb, Martin.
Sent-off: Robinson (two yellows).
Bradford Park Avenue
: Dickinson, Downes, Price (Savory 45), O'Brien, Ainge, Stabb (Groome 73), Baldry, James, Hall (Campbell 45), Bett, Gibson. Subs (not used): Hunter, Backhouse.
Bookings: Savory, Downes, Bett.
: SJ Meredith. Att