Bromsgrove Rovers 1, King's Lynn 1
PUBLISHED: 17:15 15 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:27 10 September 2010
Lynn were making their first visit for a Southern League fixture to the Victoria Ground since September 8 1998. They were hoping to improve on a meagre return of just one league victory in the 11 games played between the clubs to date.
Lynn were making their first visit for a Southern League fixture to the Victoria Ground since September 8 1998.
They were hoping to improve on a meagre return of just one league victory in the 11 games played between the clubs to date.
Manager Keith Webb not surprisingly named an unchanged squad for the game following last weeks 5-0 win over Yate, although he did have the option of adding to it with the now fit again Stephen Melton who had not featured in a Southern League game since the fixture with Rugby Town on January 12.
Webb did however make one change on the substitutes' bench where Melton replaced Andrew Fisk.
Bromsgrove won the toss and elected to kick down the slope at a wet and muddy Victoria ground.
For Lynn, Turner was first to show beating two defenders before laying the ball off to Nolan who in turn found Sedgemore but Bromsgrove keeper Lewis, easily claimed the cross.
A neat back heel by McPhee set up Bridgwater but the shot was blocked by Hoyte.
McPhee made another good break by the homesters down the right wing, cutting in. He beat a defender but Howie saved the shot taken from a narrow angle.
For Lynn, Joe Francis had a great chance when the ball passed across the penalty box to find him unmarked. His hard drive struck the post with the keeper well beaten with Sedgemore blazing the rebound over the bar.
At this time both sides were guilty of numerous offside decisions. For Bromsgrove Birley made a promising run down their leftwing but his teasing cross was cut out by the Lynn defence.
Bridgwater tried a shot from 20-yards but his well struck effort curled just wide.
For Lynn, Francis on the run on the left was brought down by Duggan but his kick was poor and was headed clear.
Jack Defty combined with Ben Chapman who crossed for Sedgemore to try a shot which was headed by Knight.
Lynn pressure forced a further corner taken by Francis but the ball was well held by Lewis.
On 25 minutes a long kick down field by Howie was headed on by Defty to Nolan who nodded the ball back to Defty who drove in a hard shot but was far too high - the effort going over the bar.
Camm and Chapman combined well but their effort was blocked. Lynn continued to press and a driven cross from Bains saw Nolan just beaten to the ball by a defender.
On 32 minutes Bromsgrove Duggan found his way into referee Granda's notebook following a foul on Francis who took the kick himself which was punched out by the keeper to Francis who lobbed the ball back but over the crossbar.
From a long ball from defence, Crane tried to pass back to Howie who mis-kicked the ball going for a fruitless corner.
The Lynn defence was then put under pressure after Birley had beaten Bain to force another corner before Chapman broke away trying a long cross field ball to Turner which was just cut out with two Lynn players free on the right.
Just on the interval Lynn worked a fine chance for Turner but he skied his effort high over the bar.
t Half-time: Bromsgrove Rovers 0, King's Lynn 0
Early second half action saw Jack Defty play in Matt Nolan but Bromsgrove keeper Lewis stood up well to make a great save with fullback Hines completing the clearance. For the Rovers a good break by Lambley looked promising but the final ball was well cut out by the competent Lynn defenders.
On 53 minutes a ball broke to Turner from a Bromsgrove defender who took full advantage of the lucky ricochet calmly putting away the goal from five yards to give Lewis no chance. Conditions were by now becoming very poor with the pitch cutting up very badly under the continual rain.
Jack Defty picked up a home clearance and headed off down the Lynn right firing in a long cross for Francis to close in but again his opportunity passed him by. Defty found John Turner whose cross to the back post gave Francis a fine chance but he missed his header from point blank range.
Francis tried to redeem his effort by beating several defenders with a mazy left wing run crossing to Nolan who lost the ball for Bromsgrove to break in turn where Crane came to the Linnets rescue with a fine saving tackle. Sedgemore was then cautioned for a foul on his opposite number eight Bridgewater.
A spell of home pressure saw captain Crane well to the fore in the Linnets defence. For Rovers Lambley and Jakat almost worked an equaliser when the former got in a shot which was flicked on by Jakat to pass inches wide of the post.
Lynn forced a corner taken by Francis the ball coming out to Sedgemore who returned it to the winger who then saw his cross well cleared by centre half Knight, in turn Bromsgrove's number eight then received a caution for a foul on Defty.
Turner found Francis who did well but the goalkeeper was quickly off his line to claim the ball. Bromsgrove in turn attacked with Jakat and Lambley but again it was Crane to the rescue with another saving tackle which forced a corner.
After a free kick for Bromsgrove following a foul by Sedgemore the ball came out to Lambley who hit a first time shot just over the bar.
Deep into injury time Rovers levelled when it was the Lambley/Jakat combination again which produced the leveller; a free kick by Lambley saw JAKAT scoring with a fine glancing header to give Howie no chance.
Just before the final whistle Nolan had a low shot but the effort went inches wide as Lynn tried to come back in stoppage time. Once again Lynn had succumbed to a late opposition goal.
t Result: Bromsgrove Rovers 1, King's Lynn 1
t Bromsgrove: Lewis, Duggan, Hines, Alsop, Knight, Burgess, Lambley, Bridgwater, McPhee, Cornes, Birley. Subs: Jakat, McHale, Downing, Alott, Taylor.
t King's Lynn: Howie, Bains, Chapman, Hoyte, Crane, Camm, Turner, Sedgemore, Jack Defty, Nolan, Francis. Subs: Bloomfield, Frew, Melton, west, Murray.
t Att: 524
t Referee Mr M Grander from Shrewsbury