Bath City 1 King's Lynn 2
28th January 2006
Linnets defender Grant Cooper was sent home before Saturday's game as The Walks outfit bagged a useful point in their quest for promotion.
Cooper, who has been a revelation in the Lynn defence this season, refused to train with the squad early on Saturday and subsequently stayed in bed as the remainder of the team were put through their paces.
Linnets boss Tommy Taylor sent Cooper home and has refused to pay his wages for a week.
A furious Taylor said: "Grant's behaviour was totally unacceptable and I told him to go home.
"I treat everybody the same, regardless of how good they are.
"The bottom line is that they play and are paid by King's Lynn Football Club.
"Players either want to train or play for the team or they don't. I've told Grant to ring me in the week so it's down to him now."
Taylor felt his side should have returned home with all three points rather than just the one.
"Their goal was definitely a foul on Cedric (Anselin) but the referee never gave us anything the whole game," said Taylor.
"Cammy has spooned the ball up in the air and their bloke has taken advantage.
"We defended well. Stephen Harvey has come in and done a good job and other than pick out a few crosses Aaron (Benstead) didn't have much to do.
"It was more a case of two points dropped rather than one gained. They couldn't cope with our passing in the first half and we should have scored more goals.
"In the second half we sat back a bit deep and we offered them to come on top of us, which they've done, but we always looked comfortable."
Both Danny Bloomfield and Matt Nolan missed early chances to put Lynn in front before the latter redeemed himself in the fourth minute.
The hosts were waiting for an offside flag against Bloomfield that never came as Nolan picked the ball up before rounding Bath keeper Paul Evans to score.
Linnets midfielder Jack Defty should have doubled Lynn's lead six minutes later and Nolan a chance to add to his and Lynn's tally before the interval.
Nolan was then denied by the legs of Evans a minute before the home side hauled themselves right back into contention.
Tony Bird's free-kick eventually fell to Camm, who looped the ball in the air, before Adie Harris appeared to climb over Anselin and fire home.
: Evans, Rollo, S. Jones, Coupe, G. Jones, Harris, Bird, Clarke (Holloway 69), Walsh (Power 82), Partridge, Sykes (Davidge 63). Subs not used: Holland, York. Goal: Harris (74).
: Benstead, Jones, Smith, West, Camm, Anselin, Defty, Harvey, Nolan, Bloomfield, McMahon. Not used: Hammond, Peters. Booked: Bloomfield (17), Defty (37), Anselin (68). Goal: Nolan (4).
Referee: W. Bull (Southampton).