No joy at home as Linnets rue missed chances versus Blyth

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Blyth Spartans 3

In-form Blyth Spartans became the fourth team to complete the double over the Linnets this season as the Norfolk outfit were left searching for their first home win in three months.

But the story could have been so different had The Walks outfit taken advantage of a glut of first-half opportunities.

Manager Gary Setchell said: “We should have been in front at half-time with the chances we created.

“It’s a tale of two fundamentals of the team really. We’ve missed chances at one end and given away sloppy goals away at the other.

“For Blyth’s first goal we were still in the dressing room, the second one Conor (Marshall) was unlucky with a ricochet and for their third two of my players have left it in midfield and my two centre-halves have switched off.”

Lynn should have been two goals down within the first five minutes of an entertaining first period.

They fell behind within the first minute when Robert Dale pounced on a loose ball for an easy opener.

It should have been 2-0 three minutes later but Dale missed a simple chance with the home defence still at sea.

Steve Spriggs sliced Lynn’s first chance wide, after being set up by Jake Jones, before Peter Winn’s penalty came back off the upright after Jones had been fouled by Ryan Hutchinson.

Winn went some way for atoning for his spot-kick miss by crossing for Jones to equalise.

Slack defending from a Michael Richardson corner was then headed wide but Danny Parker prevented the ball from going out before easing past Marshall’s challenge to score.

Attacking midfielder Lee Stevenson, back at The Walks after an 12-year absence, saw his stunning volley tipped over by Blyth goalkeeper Nick Thomson.

The destiny of the three points was put beyond doubt ten minutes from time when Street’s clearance was held up in the wind and Richardson’s header released Dan Maguire to find the back of the net.

Blyth had penalty appeals turned down before both Dan Hawkins and Maguire spurned late chances for the visitors.

After the game, Spartans midfielder Neal Hooks said: “It was a solid win and it’s difficult after such a long journey down here.

“We didn’t always play the type of football we can but at the moment getting wins is more important so we are delighted we have done that.”

Lynn: Street, Stocker, Yong, Fryatt, Eze, Marshall, Spriggs (Zielonka 70), Bridges (Mulready 70), Winn, Stevenson, Jones. Subs not used: Ramm, Watson, Colman.

Booked: Fryatt.

Scorer: Jones 20.

Blyth: Thomson, Nicholson, Watson, Hutchinson (Bramley 24), Parker, Hooks, Rivers (Hawkins 71), Richardson, Maguire, Wade, Dale. Subs not used: Lynch, Wearmouth, Turnbull.

Scorers: Dale 1, Parker 50, Maguire 80.

n In Thurlow Nunn Division One, King’s Lynn Town Reserves failed to score for the third consecutive match, going down 1-0 to March Town United where Luke Pepper was on target.