LINNETS failed to complete a deserved derby double
over champions Boston after missing two first half
Tony Spearing and Mark Turner both saw their
spot-kicks saved as King’s Lynn turned in a lively
performance in front of their biggest crowd of the
Five former Linnets – Colin Hoyle, Andrew Stanhope,
Ian Stringfellow, Micky Nuttell and Shaun Keeble –
were in United’s starting line-up as manager Steve
Evans shuffled his pack after securing the
championship at the weekend.
Player-boss Gary Mills came close to opening the
scoring in the first minute with a quickly-taken
free-kick which Paul Bastock clawed round the post.
But Lynn’s best chance came from the resultant
corner when Micky Nuttell handled Dave Robinson’s
header. However, Tony Spearing’s fiercely-struck
spot-kick was straight at Bastock, who pushed the
ball onto the bar.
Emeka Nwadike glanced a header wide after 12
minutes as Lynn dominated the early stages.
In the 20th minute Chuck Martini was adjudged to have
picked up a Robinson back-pass. However, a posse of
Linnets on the line blocked Paul Wilson’s free-kick.
Dave Puttnam (dissent) and Spearing (retaliation) were
both booked as tempers became frayed.
Lynn were awarded another penalty just before
half-time when Hoyle barged over Puttnam in the box,
but Bastock again came to the Pilgrims’ rescue when
he dived low to his left to keep out Mark Turner’s tame
Just after the break, Martini produced a good save to
deny Stanhope from close range, but it was Lynn who
went on to dominate the half.
The unmarked Turner missed a good chance just
before the hour when he failed to connect properly with
a header from a Puttnam cross.
Puttnam then released Jon Palmer who, under
pressure from defenders and keeper, lifted his effort
over the bar. Nwadike then had a goalbound shot
blocked after good work by Palmer.
Stanhope missed Boston’s best chance of the half
when he fired wide with just Martini to beat after
persistent work from Keeble, who was applauded off
by the Lynn fans.
Lynn thought they had won in the dying throes when
sub Lyndon Rowland had a header disallowed for
Lynn: Martini, Dakin, Spearing, Robinson, Fuff, Clark, (Gibson 69), Mills, Nwadike, Palmer (Rowland 82), Turner, Puttnam. Not used: Bogan.
Boston: Bastock, Gowshall, Wilson (Heyes 78), Hoyle, Costello, Allardyce, Stanhope, Stringfellow, (Lodge 63), Nuttell, Keeble (Watts 85), Raynor.
Lynn News MoM: Emeka Nwadike