Hinckley 1, King's Lynn 0
Paddy Davitt Linnets' boss Keith Webb insists it is down to his men to secure their Blue Square North status.Mark Camm's first half own goal consigned Lynn to a fourth consecutive defeat to cap a miserable Easter for the midfielder following his weekend penalty miss in the embarrassing 4-0 home reverse to Alfreton.
Linnets' boss Keith Webb insists it is down to his men to secure their Blue Square North status.
Mark Camm's first half own goal consigned Lynn to a fourth consecutive defeat to cap a miserable Easter for the midfielder following his weekend penalty miss in the embarrassing 4-0 home reverse to Alfreton.
Relegation-threatened Hyde and Burscough both breathed fresh life into their survival bids with priceless wins to ratchet up the pressure at the bottom in the race to avoid joining already relegated Hucknall in the lower tier.
Lynn remain seven points clear of the drop zone ahead of this weekend's home finale at The Walks against Workington.
Webb is now demanding one last push from his weary troops to avoid a potential nerve-jangling last day trip to Vauxhall Motors.
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“It does prolong things for us but we just have to keep going,” he said. “I was talking to their manager before the game and they have been in a similar situation. When things go against you they seem to go against you, big time. I wouldn't say it's desperate but we're in a bit of a trough. As long as they keep working and don't fall down we'll stick with them.
“After the weekend result there weren't any positives. It was a dire, dismal, performance. The players know it, I know it and the supporters know it. You can't hide from that and we wouldn't try to.
“The goal is unfortunate. I don't know how it has flown in off Cammy from that angle. They probably think the world is against them but for 60 or 70 minutes I felt we kept our discipline and while its still 1-0 we've seen it ourselves that you always have hope.”
Lynn fired blanks again for the fifth time in the last six league outings.
“There just doesn't look like a goal in us at the moment,” admitted Webb. “You look at us and you have to ask 'where is the threat?' Maybe its confidence, maybe it's a lack of composure. I'm trying to find a blend that will give us something and at the moment I'm not coming up with the right answers
“Unless it's a set piece we are struggling to create anything. We haven't worked the keeper again anywhere near enough. In this league it can just be one little thing or one chance that decides most games. It's about having the quality to take it or carve out an opportunity and we don't have that at the minute.”
Webb offered his below par Alfreton XI a chance to redeem themselves - but the Lynn chief did revert to a flat back four.
“I wanted to make us more solid but towards the end we were leaving ourselves exposed and it could maybe have been a heavier defeat but for some stout defending and bad finishing,” he said. “I've had managers who throw things up in the air and stick the reserves or youth players in but at the end of the day these players are not as bad as they showed at the weekend.
“I just wanted to give them the opportunity to put it right. I'm not saying they did but it was a better performance than Saturday. They've put in a shift in and I can't fault the effort but we don't have the quality to hurt teams. You can see that with how sides are now setting up against us. They know Jack (Defty) is not going to turn them and run in behind and go at them over the top and they are able to deal with that.”
The luckless Camm deflected Connor Franklin's inswinging corner past Scott Howie on 23 minutes. Adam Webster's sharp flick freed the overlapping Neil Cartwright but the over-worked Howie guessed correctly to drop on his first time half volley.
The effervescent Webster's acrobatic long range hit had Howie scrambling across his goal on the restart. Knitters' stopper Chris MacKenzie raced out to foil Julian Joachim in a rare attacking thrust before Bradley Thomas' speculative header sailed over from Adam Smith's set piece.
Callum Lloyd struck the base of Howie's post on 57 minutes after ghosting unmarked onto Dominic Roma's hanging cross.
Webster's glancing header rolled wide before Andy Gooding smacked over with Hinckley now in total command. Andy Johnson lashed wide after bursting onto Smith's pass but Hinckley finished on the front foot with home captain Richard Lavery miscuing his close range header following further lax defending.
t Hinckley: MacKenzie, Roma, Franklin, Lavery, McIllwain, Platnauer, Cartwright, Gooding, Webster, Taylor (Dozie 85), Lloyd (Hall 69). Subs (not used): C Smith, Hamilton, Nicholas.
Goal: Camm og (23)
t King's Lynn: Howie, Graham, Thomas, Peters, Crane, Camm (Mitchell 69), Kelly (Dwyer 55), Johnson, Defty (Renton 80), Joachim, A Smith. Subs (not used): Fisk, Murray.
Bookings: Thomas, Smith, Defty
t Added on time: 1 min / 4 mins
t Referee: C Ward (Notts)
t Attendance: 397
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