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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Lynn failed to build on a promising start tonight as they drew their second home match of the term.
George Thomson’s 15th-minute strike capped an upbeat opening but Grantham improved after the break and equalised early in the second half when Jason Lee turned into his own net. In a match packed full of goalmouth action, they would have left Norfolk with all three points had Danny Gay not made a late save from Gary King and Thomson headed Michael Towey’s effort off his own line.
The evening had started at a frenetic pace. Loanee Gary Mills, on his home debut, displayed his higher-level pedigree by spraying beautiful passes all around The Walks pitch. With him supplying the ammunition to the widemen Steve Spriggs and Dan Jacob, both of whom were on fire in the early stages, the hosts looked threatening. And the right and left-sided players fashioned the first chance with both having attempts hacked away from the Gingerbreads’ goal. Immediately, the visitors responded with Jamie McGhee forcing Danny Gay into a decent stop.
The next bit of free-flowing action saw the deadlock broken however, as Gary Setchell’s troops took the lead. Ryan Clarke stormed forward and his excellent run and cut-back was thumped home from inside the box by Thomson.
With play stretched, the chances kept coming. Dion Meikle’s header forced the hosts’ ‘keeper into a sensational fingertip save. However, Gay’s night soon got worse when he bravely attempted to beat Greg Smith to a looped Lee back pass which was woefully short. The goalie lost twice as first, Grantham’s striker headed wide and, in the same moment he suffered a huge cut as a result of clashing heads.
Donning a bandage, he soldiered on, and watched as the opportunities kept coming. Spriggs headed over and soon volleyed Dan Quigley’s cushioned header just off target at the end of another great attack. Graham rinsed Lee and would have equalised – had it not been for Jordan Yong’s goal-saving tackle.
Mills’ night was ended by a rotten Smith tackle as the half drew to a close. But there was still time for Yong to go close with two vicious efforts.
The Linnets ended a fine opening 45 minutes on top but it didn’t take long for Grantham to equalise after the interval. The monstrous Smith had a header diverted past a wrong-footed Gay by the unlucky Lee. It unnerved the home faithful, as did McGhee who had a couple of shots blocked. A Sam Mulready effort offered some respite to slow the away side’s growing confidence. And Gay was doing his best to quell their advances by making a fine double save to deny McGhee.
Thomson went close to a second with a curling effort that just bent past the post. He saw another opening with 10 minutes left but screwed wide. But 1-1 it remained, and ended, with Shane Tolley and Mulready spurning late half-chances to grab a winner for Lynn.
Lynn (4-3-3): Gay, R. Clarke, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (Hall, 64), Quigley, Mills (Bunting, 38), Thomson, Jacob (Tolley, 74), Mulready. Subs not used: Fryatt, Fernandes.
Booked: None. Goal: Thomson (15)
Grantham (4-4-2): Haystead, Purcicoe, Ridley, Meikle, Lister, Lewis (Pillerio, 46), McGhee, Towey, G. Smith (King, 71), Graham, Watson (K. Smith, 71). Subs not used: Meakin, Turner. Booked: McGhee. Goal: Lee (o.g, 50).
Ref: J. Burridge. Att: 670.
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