Assistant Manager Paul Bastock praised his ‘ unbelievable ‘ King’s Lynn Town players as they moved to top spot in the National League North table at the weekend. Despite an early Southport goal from Devarn Green the never say die Linnets replied thanks to a wonder goal from Adam Marriott, leaving Chris Henderson to pop up with the winner just before the hour as Town made it four straight wins.
‘ These lads just keep giving and giving ‘ continued Bastock. ‘ When you concede early as we did you do worry about what could happen. Ian ( Culverhouse) sees thing’s, give them a tweak as we did today and it makes the difference. They began well and got their goal but after fifteen minutes I thought we had a good control and dominated the possession. The equaliser was something very, very special. A team goal , started from the back, patient passing and that finish is just amazing. If it was on Match Of The Day it would be analysed over and over again. Hendo ( Henderson) then gets the winner and we then, as you would expect, have some defending to do. Some questions have been asked recently about our defence and I think today we have answered the questions . Our aim in August was to stay in this league and consolidate. You would like to think that we now have enough points to complete that objective. Myself and Ian have repeatedly said that the group is over achieving – and they are . They have played themselves into the position they are in and we will see where that eventually takes us’.
Green’s mazy run and assured finish caught The Linnets napping early on and when Southport Captain David Morgan drove inches wide it looked as if it could be a difficult afternoon for the visitors. These days though Lynn are a resilient squad of battle and togetherness and with their first notable chance Ryan Hawkins, stepping in for the suspended Michael Gash, saw a deflected shot cleared from his line by Zehn Mohammed with keeper Charles Albinson beaten. Town did level though moments later with a goal that will be talked about for years to come. Alex Street began the move which resulted in twenty one passes being made before Marriott found the top corner of Albinson’s net from the edge of the box to silence the home support. Street produced a fine reactionary save to deny Raul Correria from two yards before Marriott almost scored from what looked an impossible angle, his effort trickling inches wide.
Town weathered the expected early home second half storm and then proceeded to score what turned out to be the winning goal as Sam Kelly’s delightful lobbed pass picked out Henderson who drew Albinson before sending the ball back beyond the keeper. Marriott had the ball in the net again but was adjudged to have been in an offside position. The Linnets had a let off as Mohammed struck a post with Street beaten and deep into stoppage time Marriott did the same as his mazy run dissected the home defence before his shot hit the inside of a post and roll to safety.
On the final whistle news filtered through of morning leaders York City’s shock demise at Curzon Ashton meaning that Lynn were able to move to the league’s summit , two points clear but having played a game more than their illustrious rivals.
Southport: Albinson, Mohammed, Doyle, Winnard, Astles, Morgan, Green, Benjamin( Glynn), Correria (Oliver ), Sampson, Bauress ( Woods). Unused subs: Newell, Hanford.
Goal: Green 3
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fox, Kelly ( Jones), Ward, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Hawkins , Marriott, Henderson ( Carey). Unused subs: Payne, Jarvis, Bastock.
Goals: Marriott 26, Henderson 57.
Referee: Thomas Kirk. Attendance: 1257
The reserves home game against Lakenheath was postponed, with the pitch at Wisbech Town waterlogged