Assistant manager Paul Bastock paid tribute to his 'unbelievable ' group of players as King's Lynn Town continued to hold firm at the top of the National League North as fifth placed Spennymoor Town were put to the sword at The Walks on Saturday. Ross Barrows and a brace from Adam Marriott did the damage for The Linnets with the visitors never recovering from full back's Stephen Brogan's early dismissal for a foul on the on - rushing Chris Henderson.
'This group of lads just keep giving and giving ' continued Bastock ' They work so hard and show a great willingness and desire to get the job done, week in, week out. What you saw out there were two tired teams and of course, yes, the sending off in our favour has made the difference , the turning point really. Patience was the key to getting the win and today that has paid off in the end. It was a great team effort with the entertainment that the boys always try to give in all of their performances'.
Bastock also revealed that Rory McAuley was withdrawn before kick off as a precautionary measure. ' Rory had a little problem in the warm up and possibly could have played. However we couldn't risk playing him and then possibly pulling up after five minutes and being out for a few games. Foxy (Nathan Fox) was winded in the game but was really tired so he should be ok'.
With Ryan Jarvis suspended and Sam Kelly injured Alfie Payne and Sonny Carey were handed starts with Tom Ward stepping in at the last minute to replace McAuley. Matt Gould's slip in the visitors goal almost presented an early chance for the home side but no attacking player was able to take advantage. The dimension of the game was then changed with Brogan's red card with only fifteen minutes on the clock with Aaron Jones slamming the resulting free kick into the wall. Jones then provided Marriott with a golden chance to open the scoring but Gould stayed big and blocked the in form striker's effort. The busy Michael Gash tried his luck from range before Carey struck the underside of the bar from a yard after he was teed up by some delightful build up play from Marriott and Henderson. With a minute of the half remaining the breakthrough came as a low Jones centre was fumbled by Gould allowing Barrows to tap home from a yard.
The goal allowed The Linnets to control the second half and play the game at their choice of pace. Fox almost caught out Gould on his near post with the keeper happy to turn the effort around his near post for a corner which came to nothing. Just after the hour Marriott put the game beyond Spennymoor with a delightful finish with the outside of his foot from just inside the area. Payne then saw a deflected shot saved before Marriott grazed a post as Lynn looked to turn the screw on the exhausted visitors. Glen Taylor had a couple of chances to reduce the arrears but it was fitting that man of the moment Marriott rounded off the scoring for the afternoon with a superb trap and quick finish after Carey had somehow kept the ball in play and centred for the striker to hit his 25th league goal of the campaign.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox (Hawkins), Payne, Barrows, McAuley, Carey, Richards, Gash, Marriott (Limb), Henderson (Stewart)
Subs: Hawkins, Limb, Stewart, Bastock (GK)
Goals: Barrows 44, Marriott 63,74
Bookings: Payne, Carey
Spennymoor Town: Gould, Magnay, Brogan, Chandler, Buddle, Curtis, Roberts, Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, McKenna :Subs Mason, Anderson, Earing, Boyes, Johnson
Sent off : Brogan
Referee ; Mr S Tallis
In their first game of 2020 the reserves slipped to a 4-0 defeat at local rivals Wisbech St Mary.