Lynn striker Danny Bloomfield climbed off the treatment table to end the
Linnets’ goal drought yesterday.
Bloomfield, playing with a heel injury,
netted in the tenth minute to end a run of three successive defeats and
five-and-a-half hours without a goal to ease tension at The Walks.
not being fully fit and missing Saturday’s defeat, the risk of
playing Bloomfield paid off for Linnets boss Tommy Taylor, earning Lynn their
first home win of the season.
Bloomfield came in at the expense of Robbie
Harris, while the fit-again Adam Jones made his first start of the season in
place of Paul Kelly, who was on the bench.
The first chance of the game fell
to Jack Defty, whose 18-yard volley was brilliantly turned over the bar by away
keeper Ian Brown, in the sixth minute.
From the resulting corner, Cedric
Anselin unleashed a 25-yard drive which flew narrowly wide of Brown’s left
Three minutes later, Defty was the architect inside the box for
Bloomfield to sidefoot home from ten yards out.
The Eagles’ first attempt saw
John Higgs acrobatically deny Ashley Blake’s long-range effort with the merest
Both sides were continually guilty of conceding possession as
the half came to an uneventful end.
Lynn missed a glorious opportunity to
double their advantage 12 minutes into the second period when Bloomfield shot
straight at Brown with just the keeper to beat.
Bloomfield left the field to
a rapturous reception a minute later when he was replaced by Harris.
spell of Bedford pressure followed, and in the 65th minute Rob Miller pierced
open The Walks outfit’s defence with a telling pass, only for Chris Dillon to
fire into the side-netting.
Soon after, Blake crossed for Dillon to head over
Twenty minutes from time Jones surged down the right, but
his powerful drive was just inches wide of the target.
Bedford’s Lee Howarth
came close to levelling with a drive, and the visitors forced several late
corners, but Lynn held on to give goalkeeper Higgs his first-ever clean sheet in
the Southern League.
After the game, Taylor confirmed that he was talking to
two strikers, one from the Ryman Premier League, and one in the Conference
South; while Stewart Roach was no longer part of first team
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm, McMahon (O’Halloran 90), Cooper,
McNeil, Jones, Anselin (Kelly 90), J. Defty, Bloomfield (Harris 58), Smith. Subs
not used: Forshaw, McAnally. Booked: McMahon 79.
Bedford: I. Brown, J.
Taylor, E. Lawley, R. Miller, L. Howarth, J. James, A. Blake (D. McElroy 75), M.
Childs, C. Dillon, R. Howe, C. Rydeheard. Not used: D. Whittaker, J. Gurney, C.
Winton, I. Draycott.
Referee: Mr G. Hambling (Blofield). Attendance: