Lynn secured their place in the third qualifying round
of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win at The Walks - but were
made to work hard for the win by minnows Causeway.
Linnets boss Tommy Taylor paid tribute to the
Midlands-based outfit after the game, saying: "All
credit to Causeway, they came here and gave it a real
"But on another day we could have had a hatful of goals.
We missed so many chances.
"Jack (Defty) took his two goals well and Alex Notman
looked lively when he came on."
All the pre-match talk was about how many the Linnets
could score, but it was the visitors who almost took a
shock lead inside the first 20 seconds.
With fans still taking their seats in The Walks’ main
stand, Lynn skipper Mark Warren let a routine pass slip
under his foot allowing lanky striker Gavin Mole to
burst through on goal.
A combination of Grant Cooper and John Higgs stopped
Mole in his tracks but the ball broke to Chris Bladen
who dragged his shot agonisingly wide of an open goal
from ten yards out.
Causeway more than held their own during the opening
exchanges, but fell behind within five minutes after
they allowed Matt O’Halloran time and space on the right
O’Halloran swung a perfect cross onto Jack Defty’s
forehead and the big frontman duly glanced into the
bottom corner past the despairing dive of Paul Fellows.
The entertainment continued and the impressive Mole
tested Higgs with a looping header, before Fellows made
a point blank save to deny Defty a second goal.
Defty did beat the keeper with a rasping 25-yarder soon
after but his effort clipped the bar.
Fellows was fast becoming the busiest man on the pitch
and the big stopper did well to turn O’Halloran’s drive
from 25 yards round the post with half-time looming.
However from Adam Smith’s resulting corner Defty nodded
his second to the keeper’s left to leave Causeway facing
an uphill task after the interval.
Frew made way for Matt Nolan at half-time and he joined
the Linnets ranks swarming forward.
The lively Smith fired wide, but despite dominating the
possession and camping deep in the Causeway half, they
couldn’t find a way through.
Alex Notman was introduced on the hour with Adam Fry
making way after an enthusiastic, but not overwhelming,
Notman nearly scored with his first touch when he headed
against the bar from close range before Sam McMahon’s
follow-up header was blocked on the line and the ball
was eventually scrambled clear.
Despite huffing and puffing, Lynn were struggling to
blow the Causeway house down and McMahon spurned another
chance when he blasted over after a marauding run down
the right by O’Halloran.
Another run by the tricky midfielder ended with Notman
seeing a shot deflected just wide of the post.
Defty was substituted on 73 minutes after a fine
display, which the fans acknowledged, and his
replacement Luke Fell was swiftly into the action.
Fell played a neat one-two with Nolan in the area, but
Fellows rushed off his line and blocked the shot from 12
Causeway went straight down the other end and won a
free-kick just outside the box and with the home fans
chewing their finger nails Nathan Williams sent a
relatively tame shot towards Higgs’ goal.
The Lynn keeper went down to his right, but only parried
the ball into the path of Mole who kept up his
impressive scoring form by blasting the ball back past
Higgs with interest to send a small band of travelling
If Linnets fans feared the worst they did not have to
worry for long as Nolan latched onto a hopeful
throughball after 80 minutes and fired low to Fellows’
The goal was greeted with more relief than rapture, but
it was enough to see Lynn through to yesterday’s draw.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Smith, Warren, Cooper, Camm, J. Defty (Fell 71
minutes), McMahon, Fry (Notman 56 minutes), Frew (Nolan 45 minutes), O’Halloran.
Unused substitutes: Kennedy, C. Defty.
Causeway United: Fellows, Bissell, Hollis, Winsper, Smith, Cox, Blount
(Darby 36 minutes), Williams (Burley 82 min), Bladen (Garrett 80 min), Mole,
Subs unused: Yafai, Smallman.
Bookings: Hollis and Winsper.
Referee: I. J. Rathbone (Northans FA). Attendance: 843. MoM: