King's Lynn 4, Hyde 1
Paddy Davitt Lynn survived a late scare to clinch a second Blue Square North win of the season today at The Walks. Matthew Tipton's 79th minute header teed up a nervy finish after Jack Defty and Mark Camm put the hosts in cruise control before the break.
Lynn survived a late scare to clinch a second Blue Square North win of the season today at The Walks.
Matthew Tipton's 79th minute header teed up a nervy finish after Jack Defty and Mark Camm put the hosts in cruise control before the break.
Michael Frew pounced to slam home from an acute angle after second half sub Danny Bloomfield's glancing header cannoned back off Craig Dootson's post.
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Master poacher Bloomfield then struck in stoppage time with another flashing near post header to underline the hosts' dominance.
Lynn boss Keith Webb made three changes to his line up. Frew and Julian Joachim were restored to the first XI after starting the midweek Setanta Shield first round defeat against Tamworth on the bench.
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Joachim replaced Bloomfield in attack while Frew was been preferred to John Turner.
Fit again Camm slotted into central midfield in place of Ben Sedgemore after missing the Tamworth cup exit with a dead leg.
Smith deputised again for left back Ben Chapman (shoulder) with skipper Greg Crane serving the final match of his ban. Karl Munroe cleared Frew's probing cross away in the early exchanges. Joe Francis teed up Jack Defty who dragged wide of Hyde captain Dootson's right hand post.
Joint caretaker boss Chris Bass smuggled behind at the back post after Jack Defty's cute turn and flighted cross caused a momentary alarm.
Lynn's skipper rose unmarked to head the hosts in front from Frew's pinpoint corner on six minutes.
Camm sidefooted at Dootson from long range with Jack Defty again the chief architect of Lynn's best work in the opening period.
Smith snapped in to dispossess Tipton after Mark Inness launched a rare foray into Lynn's final third.
Dootson's wayward clearance narrowly missed Joachim with the nippy striker stalking the visiting keeper.
Mark Peters stretched to cut out Lee Cartwright's testing cross before centre back partner Simon Weaver kicked away on his goal line after Tipton swivelled onto Gerry Harrison's knock down.
Smith's chest then denied Hyde in another goalmouth scramble - Lynn's left back stationed on Scott Howie's back post alert to the danger.
Chris Symm out muscled Smith to race through but dragged his angled strike a yard beyond Howie's upright as Hyde grew in confidence.
Peters escaped with a rash push on Munroe inside the Linnets' penalty area on the half hour mark.
Francis miscued horribly from close range on 34 minutes - arriving perfectly onto Frew's teasing far post cross after Joachim harried the Hyde backline into miscued clearance.
Camm spared Francis' blushes with a second three minutes later - driving at the heart of the Hyde defence before feeding Francis whose cutback dropped invitingly for the all action midfielder to slot from eight yards.
Howie gathered Cartwright's snapshot on the restart with Symm ready to pounce.
Nicky Clee was cautioned for a strong challenge on Charlie Defty in the closing stages - Lynn's full back up on his feet without needing treatment.
Jack Defty's far post header flew narrowly over in stoppage time as Lynn looked to settle the contest before the break.
t Half-time: King's Lynn 2, Hyde 0
Howie grabbed Symm's floating header underneath his own bar on the restart.
Charlie Defty's pressure forced Clee to sky over as Hyde pushed for an early way back.
Frew's left foot shot rolled through to Dootson 20 yards out with the overlapping Francis in space.
Chris Lynch hacked clear with Jack Defty ready to roll into an empty goal after Dootson slammed his clearance at Joachim.
Howie's point blank parry denied Inness when the Tigers' midfielder latched onto Symm's towering knockdown.
Cartwright's flying volley into the Tennyson Road end signalled Andrew Fisk's imminent arrival as Lynn looked to re-gain the initiative.
Joachim was inches from connecting with Francis' inswinging free kick. Dootston patted Frew's corner onto his crossbar with Joachim sniffing his second of the week.
Jack Defty headed wide from six yards out with the goal at his mercy on 67 minutes after Francis picked out the skipper - Lynn's skipper holding his head in his hands.
The unmarked Weaver's glancing header dropped wide from Fisk's floated centre with Bloomfield sensing a half chance.
Symm's half volley screwed wide after Tipton had pick pocketed Smith on the touchline before Howie dropped on Tipton's swerving strike on 75 minutes.
Jack Defty's stinging 25 yarder tested Dootson who snaffled the ball at the second attempt.
Tipton glanced past Howie on 79 minutes after reacting quickest to Clee's teasing cross.
John Turner's thrusting run sprung Jack Defty but Frew's speculative shot slammed Munroe. Howie added to the growing anxiety with a fresh air punch from David Owens corner.
Frew calmed fray home nerves - slotting from an acute angle after Bloomfield's flashing header slammed back into play via Dootston's left hand post.
Tipton escaped again but dragged his left footer well wide as Howie triggered a home inquest before Owens pulled off target.
Bloomfield sealed the club's biggest win of the season with a near post header to divert Charlie Defty's centre.
t Result: King's Lynn 4, Hyde 1
t King's Lynn: Howie, C Defty, Smith, Peters, Weaver, Camm, Frew, Mitchell (Fisk 58), J Defty, Joachim (Bloomfield 70), Francis (Turner 76). Subs (not used): Sedgemore, Murray.
t Goals: J Defty (6), Camm (37), Frew (84), Bloomfield (90)
t Hyde: Dootson, Brass, Lynch, Munroe, Williams (Cooke 45), Inness, Cartwright, Harrison (Rick 35), Tipton, Symm, Clee (Owens 80). Subs (not used): Bailey, Bernstein.
t Booking: Clee
t Goal: Tipton (79)
t Added on time: 1 min / 3 mins
t Referee: W Norcutt (Essex)
t Attendance: 1,095