Fisk helps Lynn restore late goal balance
Mark Hearle An injury-time strike from substitute Andrew Fisk was enough to give King's Lynn victory and ensure their first double of the season over relegation battlers Hyde United at Ewen Fields on Saturday afternoon.
An injury-time strike from substitute Andrew Fisk was enough to give King's Lynn victory and ensure their first double of the season over relegation battlers Hyde United at Ewen Fields on Saturday afternoon.
Late goals and the Linnets have gone hand in hand over the past week or so, so it came as little surprise to those Lynn supporters assembled in South Manchester that the winner should come late on in what was an entertaining game.
“I felt it was a deserved victory for the lads this afternoon,” confirmed a happy Linnets boss Keith Webb afterwards. “We created the better chances and with just a touch more luck we could have another couple. With saying that Neil Tolson (Hyde United manager) can be very pleased with the effort that his side had put in today.
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“There have been a lot of good performances out there and Fisky has done ever so well to finish like that because it was a difficult chance. With saying that I gave them all a bit of a kick up the backside at the break because in the first spell there was some areas where I know that we can be an awful lot better and more effective.”
Webb made just one change to his starting line-up from the previous weeks' encounter with Vauxhall Motors which saw youngster Ross Kelly handed his first start ahead of Jack Defty, with the manager keeping faith in the youthful strike force of Norwich City loanee Kris Renton and Dominic Dwyer.
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Seventeen-goal home striker Chris Simm was denied by Bradley Thomas' timely interception early on and Tom Manship saw a shot blocked following concerted Tigers' pressure.
The Linnets' best chances were coming from Adam Smith corners being delivered from the Lynn right hand side. Mark Peters saw a booming header cleared from the line, Thomas' header hit Renton on the backside with the ball heading goalwards and Peters was again inches away from giving his side the lead with yet another header.
Dwyer got the wrong side of marker Farrell Kilbane only to be denied by the quick thinking of Tigers' keeper Elliot Bernstein. The Hyde keeper was again on hand at the start of the second half to deny Scott Mitchell with a breathtaking full-length save.
This was the signal for a strong passage of play from the Linnets with Peters clearing the bar with a header from Smith's corner and Dwyer being unable to get enough pace into his header which fell into Bernstein's grateful arms.
With the Tigers desperate for the points manager Tolson introduced himself from the bench for a frantic last few minutes and forced Scott Howie into a fingertip save.
Andy Johnson's 30-yard screamer was pushed away by Bernstein for a corner as the Linnets retaliated.
Tolson turned provider for Daniel Douglas-Pringle to drive goalwards only for Howie to produce another magnificent save to turn the ball away from danger.
Johnson lobbed over from distance and that looked to be that for the Linnets until Fisk had other ideas.
Dwyer escaped Kilbane's clutches and managed to square the ball to Mitchell whose shot was blocked by a sea of red shirts. However, the ball broke to Fisk who drilled it to Bernstein's right to send the sprinkling of Linnets supporters behind the goal delirious as they celebrated the Linnets' fourth away league victory of the season.
t Hyde: Bernstein, Howarth, Oakes (Owens 55 minutes), Munroe, Kilbane, Fitzhenry, Lynch, Manship (Tolson 85 minutes), Douglas-Prinkle, Simm, Clee
Unused substitutes: Rick Innes, Dootson
t King's Lynn: Howie, Graham, Smith, Peters, Thomas, Camm (Charlie Defty 62 minutes), Kelly (Fisk 82 minutes), Johnson, Renton (Jack Defty 72 minutes), Dwyer, Mitchell
Unused substitutes: Crane, Murray
Goal: Fisk 90
t Attendance: 305
t Referee: Mr T Bankes (Bootle)