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Monday, September 23, 2013
Striker Ewan Clarke bagged a late winner as brave 10-man Lynn won a seven-goal thriller at the New Manor Ground tonight.
Without boss Gary Setchell, beside his ill son Danny’s hospital bed, the Linnets looked to be in control under the stewardship of assistant Neil Fryatt and reserve team boss Jonathan Hawes.
Gary Ricketts put Ilkeston ahead before Rob Duffy and George Thomson scored in a fine five-minute spell. An awful decision from referee Luke Watson to send off Ryan Clarke and award a penalty turned the game on its head as Aaron Webster’s spot-kick and Ricketts’ 78th-minute strike looked to have robbed the Linnets.
However, Dan Jacob equalised and Clarke’s close-range finish with four minutes left earned the away side a triumph which had Setchell tweeting his delight from back in King’s Lynn.
The visitors looked anything but a team that had lost their last three matches in all competitions early on. Jacob had a goal ruled out for offside while Thomson and Duffy also went close with efforts. The former got in behind the back four – again – only to be denied by a sensational tackle by Ellis Storey.
Ilkeston could barely catch their breath. But they almost struck against the run of play when sloppy marking allowed Joe Maguire to head James Reid’s corner against the outside of the post. And they eventually took an underserved lead in the 22nd minute when the same man’s delivery was turned home, among a sea of bodies, by Ricketts.
Thomson forced a decent save from Rob Peet as the men from Norfolk continued to threaten. Ryan Clarke, Andy Hall and Jacob were getting all sorts of joy down both flanks especially. It was down the right where the equaliser came when Clarke found Hall and he squared for Duffy to tap home his fifth goal in six appearances.
The celebrations quickly returned just before the half-hour mark when Thomson’s left-footed cracker flew over the top of Peet’s palms thanks to the help of a deflection. It was the least rampant Lynn deserved.
Hall was played in and lobbed the Robins’ ‘keeper with a sweet attempt only to see his shot cannon agonisingly back off the crossbar. It remained pretty much one-way traffic until the interval, although Alex Street, on his first start for Setchell’s men this season, was forced to parry a decent Kane Richards effort.
The game changed on Watson’s woeful decision to award Ilkeston a penalty two minutes after the restart. Clarke won the ball fantastically to stop Antwan Russell getting a shot away. But the man in the middle pointed to the spot and as a result had to send off the right-back as he was definitely last man. Webster slotted home the penalty and for a while Lynn had to withstand some pressure as Ilkeston poured forward looking to make their numerical advantage count. They did when Ricketts rode Jason Lee’s tackle, strode into the box, and bent the ball home beautifully.
But the brave Walks outfit equalised when Jacob’s rasper 10 minutes from time flew past Peet into the top corner. Yet there was still time for it to get even better as Clarke turned home Lee’s mishit shot to spark wild scenes and secure a memorable triumph.
Ilkeston (4-4-2): Peet, Kozluk (Williams, 27), Storey, Wilson, Webster, Maguire, Richards, Chettle, Ricketts, Russell (Stokes, 61), Reid. Subs not used: Baker, Gordon, Simons, Williams.
Lynn (4-3-3): Street, R. Clarke, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Hall (Fernandes, 50), Mills, Quigley, Thomson, Jacob, Duffy (Mulready, 70, E. Clarke, 79). Subs not used: Fryatt, Spriggs.
Referee: Luke Watson. Attendance: TBC
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