Gloucester City 2 King's Lynn 0
23rd April 2005
The Linnets' slim play-off hopes were finally ended on Saturday following this
defeat in their final league trip of the campaign.
Tigers captain Neil
Griffiths with a brace settled the game and condemned Lynn to their 13th away
Lynn manager Tommy Taylor said: "The players wasted my time with
"Only a few of them looked interested and I won't accept
"I really did feel sorry for the poor supporters who travelled down
"Mentally and physically a lot of that team are not able to play two
games a week and that's helped me make my mind up on a few of them for next
It was a typical tired and listless end-of-season performance as if
the team knew the play-offs were beyond their reach.
As expected, John Higgs
replaced Steve Wilson � another player stricken by injury � in goal. Right-back
Adam Jones made his first start for eight weeks (his last full game was the
Gloucester home match!) in place of Lee Hyde.
Danny Bloomfield and Danny
Hammond were rested; while the mercurial Ludo Quistin got a rare start, and Mark
Angel made a return to the side after injury.
But Bloomfield barely had time
to get the bench seat warm before he was on in the third minute for David Staff,
who picked up an ankle knock.
Gloucester exploited Lynn's fallibility on
crosses in the third minute, full-back Dan Avery putting a ball into the near
post which Griffiths attacked and prodded home.
The visitors then had two
good chances which Bloomfield and Angel both blasted over the bar.
best move of the match, Jones found himself on the right of the City area but
his effort was parried to safety by keeper Matt Bath.
The west country side
doubled their advantage on 23 minutes. Dave Wilkinson out in a harmless-looking
25-yard free-kick which Higgs somehow dropped, leaving Griffiths to roll the
ball into an empty net.
Soon afterwards Angel delivered a good cross from the
left but Sam McMahon half-volleyed it into the ground which allowed Bath to
collect it. Bath then turned a Quistin shot onto the post for a corner.
the other end, just before half-time Wilkinson's corner was allowed to run and
hit the base of the post.
A quiet second half saw both sides seemingly
content with the result (Lynn perhaps having one eye on the League Cup final),
Lynn's best effort being Quistin putting in Darran Hay, who smashed the ball
Bath, Smith, Avery (Harris
73), Griffiths (Knight 76), M. Thompson, Burns, C. Thompson, Cox, Addis (Varnham
80), Webb, Wilkinson. Subs not used: Reid.Lynn:
Setchell, Clark, Quistin, Camm, Staff (Bloomfield 3), McMahon, Hay, O'Halloran,
Angel (Hammond 49). Not used: Defty, S. Wilson. Booked:
M. Lever (Leicester).