Monday, February 18, 2013
Defender Jordan Yong’s late winner in Derbyshire on Saturday kept up Lynn’s 100pc league record in 2013.
The left-back’s 89th-minute strike ensured the Linnets made it five Evo-Stik Division One South wins in as many games this year.
And Gary Setchell’s in-form promotion hopefuls warranted their triumph on an afternoon when they could have easily settled for just a point.
Russell Dunkley put Lynn deservedly in front before Marc Goodfellow’s equaliser early in the second half appeared to have earned Gresley a draw.
However, instead of simply stretching their unbeaten league run to six games by seeing the game out, The Walks’ club kept pressing for an elusive second goal.
They eventually found it through an unlikely source as Yong rifled home impressively to clinch the victory and strengthen his side’s grip on a play-off position.
Setchell’s troops, fourth, and with a number of games in hand on their fellow top-five chasing rivals, arrived at the Moat Ground in high spirits.
Their opponents however sat ninth going into the game having not won in the league since Boxing Day.
That run, which had seen The Moatmen not win an Evo-Stik home clash since November, looked certain to be extended as the Linnets flew out of the traps.
Shane Tolley had a cracking shout for a penalty turned down inside five minutes when the hosts’ ’keeper George Woodward appeared to clip his heels.
And the pressure continued with captain for the day Phil Gulliver – wearing the armband in skipper Richard Bunting’s absence through suspension – firing over when well placed.
Gresley were rocking and had Lynn’s top goalscorer Steve Spriggs not left his shooting boots at home they could have been dead and buried long before Dunkley opened the scoring in the 21st minute.
Spriggs had a shot deflected wide, then was gifted a chance thanks to a sloppy pass from Dean Rathbone – which he spurned – before missing the best opportunity of the lot.
Dunkley won the ball in the middle of the park with a fierce tackle, the impressive Dan Quigley released Lynn’s little winger, but he shot straight at Woodward – who to his credit narrowed the angle quickly.
Sensing they had escaped punishment, the Moatmen nearly took the lead themselves against the run of play but Marc Strzyewski and Royce Turville were equally non-lethal in front of goal.
It was left to the striker known as The Beast to leave his mark on the game as Dunkley bundled home a rebound with his chest from close range after another Spriggs shot had been saved.
Dunkley nearly made it two 60 seconds later but the hosts hung in there for the rest of the half and grew into the game after the re-start.
Jamie Barrett beat Quigley to a loose ball 20 or so yards from goal and the momentum from the challenge allowed the ball to spin to Goodfellow who made no mistake from 12 yards out.
For 10 to 15 minutes the men in red enjoyed a large spell of possession, but Lynn still posed a threat with Tolley going tantalisingly close with an audacious overhead kick.
Substitute Danny Beaumont forced a wonder save from Woodward after he smashed a half-volley goalwards following a clever one-two with George Thomson.
But just as it looked like Setchell’s men would have to accept defeat in their search of a clincher, Yong powered into the box and smashed home to send Lynn’s travelling support into delirium.
Gresley: Woodward, Barrett (Nottingham, 68), Gough, Stryzewski, Walker, Rathbone, Lyons (Hanslow, 74), Jepson, Hamilton, Turville, Goodfellow (Nadat, 66). Subs not used: Woods, Holmes. Booked: Stryzewski. Goal: Goodfellow (53)
Lynn: Gay, Watson (Butt 62), Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs, Quigley, Thomson, White (Beaumont 75), Dunkley, Tolley. Subs not used: Fryatt, Biles, Stocker. Booked: Quigley, Yong.
Goals: Dunkley (21), Yong (89)
Referee: P Hobday
*Technical issues prevented the match report from going online minutes after the game like it usually does.