With Hughes gone and Tommy Callinan in temporary charge the
first questions of the afternoon were which of the players would still
be left to face King's Lynn. Niblett came back from injury, whilst
Devlin came in at left back for the suspended Wayne Thorne. With
Abbott shifted to centre-back Neil Griffiths found himself not only at
right back, but also wearing the captain's armband at 19. Up front
loan returnee Karl Bayliss partnered Jimmy Cox, with the parole tagged
Jamie Smith finding a place on the bench.
City started with determination
and it was apparent that even this much dilapidated City side were
capable of going through the Lynn defence, with keeper Martini erratic
in clearing his lines. However it was equally obvious that City's
defence was also not that sound, and when Lynn ran at them at pace
they more often than not got through. An early scare in the first few
minutes saw Devlin and Niblett mix-up, and only a series of desperate
blocks stopped a clear shot.
While City did create openings
there was little in the way of clear chances. Bayliss and Cox both
worked hard, but the best chance for City came from a deep Wyatt
corner when Callinan went close with a header. Despite a lot of hard
work and grit City looked like a side without confidence, the ball
went long rather than creating openings through the midfield.
Lynn were adding pressure on the
City goal, but did it seem that they were a little goal shy. A good
cross from City's left should have led to an opener, but a weak header
went comfortably to King. A 25 yarder tested King more severely, but
he was equal to the shot and tipped it over the bar at full stretch.
Lynn also had a goal from Fuff ruled out for offside. However eventually King's Lynn went ahead, a deep diagonal ball from
their keeper caught City sleeping, and despite a late lunge from Abbott
Lyndon Rowland had time to volley into the far post.
The second half saw a more
lively performance from City with Callinan replacing himself with
Cairns. The fans played their part with a good noisy attempt to lift
their team, and continue the protests against the board. The
players seemed to respond and managed several prolonged attacks, with
Wigg in particular keeping the attacks alive with incisive probing
passes. City's best chance of the match fell to Cairns after a good
Cox cross was flicked on by Baylo, but the shot
whistled just past the post.
Despite the improvement in
passing City's main threat was still the pace of Jimmy Cox who worked
well down the flanks. The threat was exacerbated when fallen wonder kid
Jamie Smith came off the bench, and although not sharp his pace added
a further attacking option. Cox took several tumbles in the area as
the Lynn defence failed to cope with City runs, and one of those
looked like it was a strong shout for a penalty. Wyatt had a good last
minute chance after a run down the right, but his near post shot was too
weak. Ultimately City were probably unlucky not to get a point, but
the result deepens the troubles and the odds on relegation
Of course the on-pitch action is
only part of the story at Meadow Park at the moment, and the end of
the match saw an extended occupation of the T-End by supporters
noisily demanding that Colin Gardner's offer is accepted and McGurk
and Newport resign. The board have also somehow managed to get a dozen
police to protect them against God only knows what, I hope the city's
taxpayers ask questions about the disgraceful waste of their
money. Ultimately of course the board did nothing to answer the
questions once again, but rumours exist of a supporter's meeting
Thursday evening. Lets hope the accounts are laid open.
Lastly, thanks to the King's
Lynn fans who joined with the City fans in their protest and were a
credit to their club and the spirit of supporters generally. I hope
our board can have some sort of conversion to get as close to having
their understanding of what the game is about.