IT became a disastrous Easter for Lynn when, after the long cross-country trip from Clacton, they went down to bottom-of¬the-table Barry Town on Saturday.
This was the shock result of the season for the Linnets and a defeat which has most probably cost them the Southern League Division 1 championship.
It was Barry’s second win of the season, their first having been, scored as far back as last September. And it was Lynn’s second defeat in two days, leaving them trailing behind Folkestone, who regained the leadership as the result of two victories against Dover on Friday and at Tonbridge on Saturday.
Yet when Lynn opened the scoring within twenty seconds it looked like being yet another defeat for the Welsh club. Right back Morgan failed to intercept a pass from Donovan and KING moved in to score with a well-placed shot from twelve yards.
Barry fought back eagerly setting up ,a number of strong attacks during one of which inside-left Gully made a clever run only to blaze the ball over the bar.
Lynn were forced to defend stubbon4 against Barry’s spirited raids but in the 15th minute they conceded an equaliser, Barry’s veteran left winger Charlie DYKE crashing the ball home from close range Mien a cross pass slipped through Lynn’s defence.
Keeping up their inspired attacks, Barry forced a number of corners and then snatched a surprise lead in the 31st minute. A centre from the right was not cleared properly by the Lynn defence and right - winger BAKER, who had switched to the left, netted with a fierce shot from a narrow angle.
Barry’s tackling matched their general boisterousness and Lynn’s, attack showed little of the poise normally associated with their play, in fact, Osborne was barely troubled.
But Lynn began the second half looking much more purposeful and Osborne was sent diving full length to hold a cross shot from Partridge. Osborne also did well to prevent a goal, diving at King’s feet when the inside left moved on to a through pass from Bacon.
Things looked even blacker for Lynn in the 60th minute when Barry were awarded a penalty after Baker had been brought down, but Dyke shot weakly from the spot and Walls Saved easily.
Lynn fought strongly to save at least one point. but their finishing was not up to its usual standard. Edwards shot wide after breaking through the middle: Donovan had a low shot saved and Edwards sent a header against the crossbar.
|Barry Town: Osborne; Morgan (A.), German; Tennant. Loader, Morgan (L.); Baker, McAuley, Niblett. Gully. Dyke.
Lynn: Walls; Proverbs, Baker; Williamson, Laurel, Wright; Bacon, Edwards, Donovan, King, Partridge.