The Linnets increased their lead at the top of the National League North table with a valuable point collected at a battling Alfreton Town on Saturday. Strike twins Adam Marriott and Michael Gash were on hand with goals as the visitors fought back twice from being behind to force a draw as rivals York City and Chester both lost.
Speaking afterwards Ian Culverhouse applauded his team following an indifferent start. ‘ We began poorly ‘ confirmed the Lynn boss. ‘ We gave them the first goal and, to be fair to them, have been caught out by a good second goal. Our start was quiet but again, full credit to the lads, as they stepped it up, especially in the second half and have earned ourselves what I think is a hell of a point. We had them pinned back for most of the half and we just needed a bit of a break in front of goal which we eventually got. We now are in a position to be shot at and we will lose games between now and the end of the season. It’s going to be a long, hard run in and we simply cannot give goals away as we did today going forward’.
Culverhouse made four changes to the team that gained victory over Boston United on Thursday with Ryan Hawkins, Tom Ward, Alfie Payne and Sonny Carey given starts as Ross Barrows, Sam Kelly, Chris Henderson and Ryan Jarvis were all given places on the bench.
The visitors were caught cold with only four minutes on the clock when a hopeful Alfreton long ball was collected by the dangerous Amari Morgan – Smith who lobbed Alex Street for the opener. The lead lasted all of two minutes though as the Linnets first meaningful attack of the day resulted in a spectacular acrobatic finish from Adam Marriott from eight yards to restore parity. Amazingly the home lead was restored some 120 seconds later following a well worked routine which saw Ryan Qualter blast the ball beyond Street to complete a breathless spell of three goals in the opening eight minutes. It could have been worse with Ben Tomlinson only denied by a timely Ward block as Lynn swayed under the pressure. However , just like a good boxer, the Linnets weathered the storm, cleared their heads and began to assert themselves on the game. Hawkins combined with Aaron Jones to set up Gash who headed wide with Hawkins then playing in Marriott who was inches away from connecting.
The second half saw the visitors manufacturing the better chances with Jordan Richards seeing a back header drop wide and Marriott testing Jordan Wright who managed to palm the effort away. The home side were being pinned further and further back into their own half under what was, by now, relentless pressure with Kelly’s corner being deflected onto a post. Finally the equaliser deservedly arrived via Gash who turned the ball into the net after Marriott’s header had been turned onto his bar by Wright. In the time remaining both teams had chances to claim all three points with Marriott firing inches wide and Street denying substitute Bobby Johnson with a smart save.
Alfreton Town: Wright, Clackstone, Thacker, Lynch, Qualter, Branson, Preston, Tomlinson, Clarke, Morgan – Smith, Freiter. Subs: East, Andrew, Johnson, Oyibo, Blake
Goals: Amari – Smith 4, Qualter 8
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Hawkins, Ward, McAuley, Payne, Richards, Gash, Marriott, Carey. Subs: Barrows, Kelly, Henderson, Stewart, Jarvis.
Goals: Marriott 6, Gash 77
Referee: Mr Tom Bishop.