Stamford 1 King's Lynn 0
26th December 2006/div>
LYNN'S dismal run continued with their sixth defeat in seven games in the Boxing Day clash at Stamford.
The Linnets slipped to 14th in the league standings after this latest loss as they failed to net for the third successive match for the first time in six years.
Lynn boss Keith Webb said: "We did enough in the opening 15 minutes to be three goals up. I can't fault the effort of the players.
"We started nice and bright, but when you fail to take your chances it puts pressure on the rest of the team.
"The game followed a similar pattern to the Maidenhead match. We got more anxious in the second half and started playing more direct instead of passing the ball.
"Our strikers can't buy a goal at present, but once we score one I'm sure our luck will change."
Lynn's best spell came in the opening 20 minutes, but after that too many players went missing and a battling Stamford outfit duly took advantage.
Webb chose to partner Matt Nolan up front with Michael Frew, while Frazer Toms made a rare start on the left.
The changes saw both Alex Notman and Jack Defty relegated to the bench.
Lynn were quick out of the blocks and Frew kicked thin air in front of the target after a measured pass from Andrew Cave-Brown.
Nolan then set his strike partner, who left ex-Lynn defender Adam Jones standing, clear but Graham Bowater scrambled clear with Toms waiting to pounce.
Midway through the half, a rasping shot from Mark Camm was superbly saved by Martin Kearney in the home goal.
Mark Warren, Andrew Fisk and Cave-Brown all missed half-chances for Lynn, before Shaun Marshall denied former Linnet Martin Matthews with an acrobatic one-handed save in first-half injury time.
But from the resulting corner, Brad Piercewright bagged his first goal for the hosts with a bullet header which left Marshall with no chance.
Little was seen of Lynn as an attacking force after the break with the Daniels comfortably holding the upper hand.
Cave-Brown wasted Lynn's best chance of the second period, while at the other end Marshall, who kept the score down to just one, foiled Scott Musgrove's drive.
A late alarm for the hosts saw Jones clear off the line from Fisk before Lynn's misery was completed by a booking for Mark Warren, who now faces a suspension early in the New Year.
Stamford: M. Kearney, G. Bowater, B. Piercewright (M. Foster 77), A. Jones, S. Julian, M. Matthews, R. Harris (S. Taylor 71), L. Marshall, I. Cooper (J. Turner 45), M. Wormall, S. Musgrove.
Subs not used: G. Pritchard and K. Childs. Booked: G. Bowater.
Lynn: Marshall, West, Blois, Warren, Cooper, Camm, Cave-Brown (Crane 84), Fisk, Nolan, Frew (J Defty 59), Toms (Notman 69).
Not used: Higgs, C. Defty. Booked: Warren.
Referee: Mr S. Cooke (Notts).
Attendance: 504; MoM: Mark Warren.
Report by permission of the Lynn News