The Linnets could not finish the season
with a win – but they did extinguish any faint play-off hopes Tiverton may have
had with this ill-tempered draw.
A typical end-of-season game saw each side
convert their only shot on target of the game in the first half.
hopes were raised when going ahead but once Lynn equalised (Danny Bloomfield
with his 29th goal of the season) the visitors’ tactics have to be
A robust Tiverton needed to win, but were content to sit back,
scrap and niggle. They took as much time over their free-kicks and corners as
Peter Ebdon has over his shots in the snooker World Championships.
manager Tommy Taylor said: "They were a team of bullies. They wanted to bully
us, that’s the best they could do.
"I was pleased with the performance, we
had quite a few chances to finish them off."
The question was, with Lynn
having nothing to play for except pride, would the match mirror their season, in
other words a poor start and a strong finish?
Well, sort of. Sure, they went
behind in the 13th minute and did have the better of the game after they levelled.
Tiverton’s strike came when the ball was half-cleared to Steve
Winter just outside the Lynn box and he hit it to keeper John Higgs’ right.
Higgs got a touch on it and perhaps should have done better, but perhaps he was
Lynn, missing Jack Defty at the start with a virus, equalised just
after the half-hour mark.
Matt O’Halloran crossed from the right, Darran Hay
nodded the ball back across goal and Bloomfield scored with a close-range diving
It was a good day for the Bloomfields as Danny’s brother Matthew
scored a rare goal for Wycombe Wanderers in their League Two win over Leyton
Simon Clark headed over a free-kick and James Mudge wasted a great
chance for Tivvy before the break, but then between the boxing and handbags a
game of football threatened to break out – ex-Wisbech keeper Mark Ovendale was
one player lucky to stay on the pitch when taking a swing at Bloomfield.
Angel was stretchered off with concussion and there were frequent stoppages for
Taylor added: "Mark went off with concussion after a
head-butt. There was a lot of that type of thing out there, but the boys looked
Lynn turned on the pressure in the final quarter but
hesitancy on front of goal cost them the win.
In stoppage time came a flurry
of activity. Winter fluffed another opportunity, and Hay fired high and wide at
the other end.
An astonishing sequence capped the afternoon: Ovendale came up
for a free-kick which was poorly delivered, home sub Ludo Quistin raced down the
left, looped a cross to O’Halloran who briefly had an empty net to fire at
before Ovendale galloped back.
But O’Halloran cut inside and blazed
Lynn: Higgs, Jones (C. Defty 27), Setchell, Hammond, Clark,
McMahon, Camm, O’Halloran, Hay (Forshaw 78), Bloomfield, Angel (Quistin 64).
Subs not used: J. Defty, McAnally.
Booked: O’Halloran 27.
Tiverton: Ovendale, Winter, Vinnicombe (Goff 79), Milsom, Rudge, Cousins, Wills, Harvey (Yetton 70), Nogan (Goff 79), Hambly, Mudge. Not used: Walker, Nott.
Booked: Rudge 39, Milsom 80, Ovendale
85. Goal: Winter 13.
Attendance: 951. Referee: M. Blackledge