King’s Lynn 3, Cambridge United 2
Paddy Davitt Supersub Danny Bloomfield sunk Cambridge United with a late salvo to open Lynn's home pre-season campaign on a winning note. Bloomfield's predatory brace after Simon Weaver notched his first goal for the club cancelled out Mark Beesley's deflected leveller and Stephen Reed's clinical second half penalty.
Supersub Danny Bloomfield sunk Cambridge United with a late salvo to open Lynn's home pre-season campaign on a winning note.
Bloomfield's predatory brace after Simon Weaver notched his first goal for the club cancelled out Mark Beesley's deflected leveller and Stephen Reed's clinical second half penalty.
The Blue Square Premier visitors dominated possession in the opening period of an entertaining friendly but were restricted to largely long range efforts before 19 second half substitutions disrupted the early rhythm.
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Former Ipswich midfielder Kevin Horlock featured for Lynn alongside fellow trialist Kieran Deane.
Linnets' boss Keith Webb confirmed the duo will again be on duty for tomorrow's pre-season test against Scottish First Division outfit Clyde at The Walks.
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“Kevin will play again and I'll give him an answer after the game,” said Webb. “I felt he did all right. Maybe he tired a little towards the end so we decided to fetch him off as a precaution.
“It shows we're not too far off. Cambridge are full time so lets not kid ourselves they had that extra bit of sharpness but I thought we hung in and played well. It was a good workout. A lot better than the first game. I asked them to step it up a level and I think they did. We played some nice football. Jack (Defty) and Julian (Joachim) have the makings of a nice partnership. Then again, Bloomers comes on, gets three chances and scores two goals. I thought the two lads in the centre of the park did well and Frewy put in some telling passes when we pushed him up front. All in all, I'm delighted with that.”
Webb started with six of his squad who clinched the Southern League, Premier Division title at Merthyr on the final day of last season.
Scott Howie and Joe Francis returned after missing the opening midweek practice match at (S & L) Corby. Midfielder Ben Sedgemore was again absent due to work commitments.
Lynn's latest signing Mark Peters (groin) sat out the contest against his old club as a precaution.
Former Linnet loan defender Gavin Hoyte started for last season's losing Blue Square Premier play off finalists. New United boss Gary Brabin also included ex-Norwich City academy trialists Matt Halliday and Pat Bexfield in his squad.
Weaver notched with a close range header from Greg Crane's back post flick on six minutes.
Francis' teasing cross evaded Joachim after Jack Defty had sprung a swift counter.
Beesley tested Howie with a rasping half volley from 20 yards then Daniel Potter dropped on Crane's tame free kick.
Howie foiled Lee McEvilly with a classy one handed push around his far post. Reed clipped over after another slick bout of intricate passing from the visitors.
Hoyte denied his former employers twice within a minute - dispossessing Joachim with a last ditch block before throwing himself in the way of Jack Defty's piledriver.
Beesley drew Cambridge United level on 28 minutes - exchanging a sharp one two on the edge of the area with ex-Tranmere player Andy Parkinson before drilling a deflected shot underneath Howie.
McEvilly dragged his angled shot wide after Weaver had misjudged the flight before Luke Fell's first time strike bobbled through to Potter.
Bloomfield latched onto Frew's diagonal pass but fired at Potter's legs. Reed hammered past Rob Murray from the penalty spot after Bussens tumbled under Crane's stumbling challenge.
Bloomfield moved centre stage to calmly lift over Potter from 16 yards on 82 minutes then crashed a left footer home after Mark Camm's midfield burst.
Courtney Pitt's sublime free-kick sailed inches wide with Murray rooted to his line but Howie's young understudy dropped smartly to clutch Pitt's strike on the turn in the final seconds.
t King's Lynn: Howie (Murray 63), C Defty (Deane 51), Chapman (Buhlemann 70), Weaver (Harvey 83), Crane, Bridgwater (Camm 51), Turner (Fell 66), Horlock (Fisk 59), J Defty (Frew 51), Joachim (Bloomfield 51), Francis (Melton 51). Subs (all used).
Goals: Weaver (6), Bloomfield (82, 84)
t Cambridge United: Potter, Gleeson, Tonkin, Beesley, Halliday, Parkinson, McEvilly, Convery, Carden, Hoyte, Reed. Subs (all used): Hatswell, Coulson, Farrell, Collins, Bexfield, Bussens, Willmot, Pitt, Calliste.
Goals: Beesley (28) Reed (74)
t Referee: S Ross (Lincs)