Lynn's win marred by new injury headache
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn 3, Bradford PA 1: Watching Lynn this season should carry a government health warning. Mansfield loan striker Jason Bradley's stunning 20-yard volley on any other day would be the abiding memory of a first home Unibond Premier Division win.
King's Lynn 3, Bradford PA 1
Watching Lynn this season should carry a government health warning.
Mansfield loan striker Jason Bradley's stunning 20-yard volley on any other day would be the abiding memory of a first home Unibond Premier Division win.
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Instead, Bradley's debut ended with a hospital trip for scans on a suspected broken left ankle after a block tackle on Simon Ainge went horribly wrong.
Lynn's other goal-scoring frontman also failed to last the distance. Anthony Robinson's first- half penalty set Heggs' men on their way before Chris Stabb's own goal and Bradley's scorcher effectively sealed victory before the break.
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Aiden Savory grabbed a late consolation against Lynn's 10 men after Robinson's second red card of the campaign left the hosts light for the final 30 minutes.
Robinson arguably had grounds for complaint - his second yellow no more than a raising of arms shoulder-high to fend off Ainge's limpet-like attentions.
But Heggs had no sympathy. Not after a training ground debrief with his squad to address Lynn's worrying addiction to cautions this season.
“We had a meeting and I told them referees in this division are doing it from the rule book,” he said, after his own first-hand brush with the law at Buxton in midweek.
“They've no knowledge of the game and they don't understand what goes on. They have assessors in the crowd and they have to do it right because they won't get bumped up the leagues otherwise.
“I told Robbo, I told them all and I thought he got two silly, silly bookings. He's arguably one of my best players but doing that sort of thing just kills me.”
Robinson will be available for tomorrow's Hucknall home league date. Heggs has already ruled Bradley out.
“I'll keep my fingers crossed he's all right, but whatever happens he won't be fit,” said Heggs. “I thought he was awesome and I don't mean just the goal he scored. He was everything this league is about - big and strong. He'd scored 18 in 16 for Buxton at this level previously and I'd brought him in for three months so I can work with him.
“He's just gone to close down a ball, it's ricocheted up and hit a sloppy ankle and twisted it right back. There was nothing nasty about the challenge.
“It just seems like one thing after another after another. We lose Jason White, Shelly (Gareth Sheldon), Liam Murray and now Jason to injury, plus Robbo through suspension.”
Even triumphs in the Heggs' reign are tainted with adversity. Sheldon's career-threatening knee injury in the away win at high-flying Guiseley and now Bradley's rollercoaster debut that left Heggs' admitting the last few days had taken a personal toll.
“In the past week I've neglected my family, my children and even my health to a certain degree by putting myself under enormous stress to get it right,” he said.
“I've phoned up nearly everyone I know in the game. I haven't
been in the house but at
training grounds and out watching games.
“The more I look at it, it just might not be our season. That isn't me saying we are not going to do it - but we are still finding our feet and understanding what it's like to play at this level.
“It may be the case we don't hit
the ground running until Christmas. I expected us to be scintillating from the start.
“I hold my hands up, as a young manager I made a mistake. I've brought in players this past week and let some go I thought could do me a job, but I won't stop until I get it right at King's Lynn. This is a great club and I love it here.”
t King's Lynn: Gay, Aisien, Spencer, Lloyd, Rower-Turner, Boyce, Story, Magunda, Bradley (Smith 54), Robinson, Beswick. Subs (not used): Heggs, Smedley, Webb, Martin. Booking: Robinson. Sending off: Robinson. Goals: Robinson (20), Stabb og (22), Bradley (29).
t Bradford PA: Dickinson, Downes, Price (Savory 45), O'Brien, Ainge, Stabb (Groome 73), Baldry, James, Hall (Campbell 45), Bett, Gibson. Subs (not used): Hunter, Backhouse. Bookings: Savory, Downes, Bett. Goal: Savory (82).
t Stoppage time: 2 mins/3 mins.
t Ref: SJ Meredith.
t Attendance: 742.