Lynn's late goal hoodoo strikes again

PUBLISHED: 10:47 16 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 10 September 2010

A Vauxhall Motors defender bends over backwards to keep the Linnets at bay during Saturday's 1-1 Blue Square North draw at The Walks – the Linnets' 18th league stalemate in 34 games this season. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A Vauxhall Motors defender bends over backwards to keep the Linnets at bay during Saturday's 1-1 Blue Square North draw at The Walks – the Linnets' 18th league stalemate in 34 games this season. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn 1, Vauxhall Motors 1: Lynn boss Keith Webb could have been forgiven for thinking Friday the 13th arrived a day late at The Walks. The club's recurring stoppage time nightmare returned for a third consecutive Blue Square North contest when Tom Hannigan's 92nd minute header cancelled out Dominic Dwyer's second senior goal before the break.

Lynn boss Keith Webb could have been forgiven for thinking Friday the 13th arrived a day late at The Walks.

The club's recurring stoppage time nightmare returned for a third consecutive Blue Square North contest when Tom Hannigan's 92nd minute header cancelled out Dominic Dwyer's second senior goal before the break.

Webb admitted he feared the worst as the Motormen threw men forward for one final frantic act in Lynn's latest 'Groundhog' day.

"As soon as the free kick was awarded I just had a bad, bad feeling about it," he said. "I didn't even see the goal. I turned away and thought, 'lads, what have you done?' I didn't even see it go in.

"I genuinely don't know what it is. You can't say three games in a row is a hard luck story. As a manager you are meant to have answers and at this moment in time I don't have the answer. It's now a mental thing. As a manager you say to yourself, 'don't mention it,' because then you fear drawing attention to it. You think the more you do that, the more it will play on their minds but this has become a monkey on our backs."

Webb was left questioning his own managerial methods after Lynn reverted to type following recent stoppage time set backs at both AFC Telford and Solihull.

"I have to look at what I do," he said. "It comes down to a situation when you ask, 'are they listening to you?' From that point of view it's something I have to give a lot of thought to over these next few days about what I tell the boys. The stupid thing is you are left talking about dropping points yet again. We could really have been up there this season but we keep saying that and harping on about the same things.

"It's not like we sat back and invited them on to us. I don't think Scott Howie had a save to make so the boys are doing the right things in games. I've just never, ever known a club to have a run like it. I could understand if we were losing games - then I'd be out of job - but 18 draws must be some sort of record."

Correct. One more and an unwanted club record beckons after equalling the previous best here. Current league leaders Gateshead have now lost only one game less this season than mid-table Lynn. Webb's pre-match rallying cry for a second goal to break the curse went unheeded. No decisive knockout blow in front of guest of honour Jon Thaxton.

Lynn's latest hard luck story, however, included an apparent hand ball against Norwich City loan signing Kris Renton in the build-up to his disallowed second half strike.

"I didn't see anything wrong with it," said Webb. "The ref said he saw a hand ball but not from where I was standing. Yet again we couldn't get that second goal to kill them off and that is the bottom line. Whether you play Man United or the Dog and Duck you know the opposition will always have one chance. They had one and they took it."

Webb opted to tuck recalled top scorer Jack Defty behind his teenage strike force after midfielder Andrew Fisk was ruled out with a hamstring problem. Julian Joachim missed his fifth match with a groin injury.

"We asked Jack to play in a position that he hadn't done before this season and he got better as the game went on," said Webb. "He tired a little bit in the second half but once we got to grips with him just off the front two we played some tidy stuff. I thought Dominic worked hard again but maybe our final ball could have been better.

"All we can do now is get them back in for training and get ready for Hyde. Hopefully Fisky and Julian will be in contention for this weekend."

K Lynn: Howie, Graham, Smith, Peters, Thomas, Camm, Mitchell (C Defty 80), Johnson, Renton (Crane 87), Dwyer, J Defty (Kelly 56). Sub not used: Murray. Booking: Dwyer. Goal: Dwyer (30)

Vauxhall Motors: Coates, Owens (Wright 72), Hannigan, Marsh-Evans, Griffiths, Holmes, Holden, Burke, Noon, Field, Otobo (Egerton 60). Sub not used: Mustafa. Goal: Hannigan (90).

Referee: N Hair (Hunts)

Attendance: 939

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