The Linnets maintained pole position in the National League North as struggling Blyth Spartans were beaten at Croft Park on Saturday. A first half brace form goal machine Adam Marriott and a powerful Rory McAuley header on the hour mark secured a win that maintains Lynn's lead over rivals York City to four points as the race for the title heads into a new month.
Speaking after Town's latest success the club's director of football Rob Back hailed striker Marriott whose two strikes took him to an amazing 28 league goals for the season with still three months of action left. ' He is an amazing player ' enthused Back. I haven't seen a player who finishes chances at this level as he does , and nearly everyone of his goals are important ones. For him to have that amount of goals at this stage of the season is remarkable really'.
The clean sheet was also pleasing' continued Back ' We are now beginning to get a bit of a run going on them and if you are doing that you will be collecting points on a regular basis. However we have never, and we won't , look any further than the next fixture ahead because if you begin to that problems will appear. This week all the focus has been coming up to here and getting a result. This is always a very difficult place to come to and get a result and today was no different as they are in their own battle at the wrong end of the table. We now have this one ticked off so the preparation and thinking for Kidderminster begins now'.
The Linnets travelled part of the gruelling journey north on Friday which Back felt made the difference to the team. ' Firstly hats of to the chairman for doing it because it's not cheap. It's a heck of a trip and it has helped greatly. It all creates further stronger bonds between what is an already tight knit group which going forward will only help out the whole club'.
The relaxation before the game was clearly evident on the pitch as town began brightly and they should have been ahead inside five minutes as Chris Henderson forced keeper Zach Hemming into a superb close range save. However it didn't take the visitors long to get their noses in front thanks to the prolific Marriott who latched onto Michael Gash's clever through ball before drawing Hemming for an ice cold finish. An impressive following of Linnets supporters had hardly finished celebrating before they were able to start all over again five minutes later as this time Marriott benefited from some clever play from youngster Simon Power who twisted the home defence inside out before playing a short pass to Town's number ten for his second of the afternoon. But for Hemming the striker could have had a thirty minute treble but the home stopper produced another super save to add to his growing portfolio . Finally Spartan's gave Alex Street some work and ended the half brightly as Scott Wilson's dipping shot ended sitting on top of the net rather than in it and a Ben Harmison, brother of cricket's Steve, flashed wide. The experienced Rob Dale warmed Street's fingers and Kris Thackray did the same with an angled drive.
Following the interval the Linnets regained their hold on the game as Marriott turned provider to tee up Aaron Jones who shot wide from twelve yards. The pressure was ratcheted up further and just after the hour the game was made safe as McAuley headed powerfully home from a Jones corner giving Hemming no chance. Home heads dropped meaning that Marriott had another chance to complete his personal milestone which saw him denied again by the overworked Hemming and McAuley had almost rounded of a slick visiting move late on but blasted wide when well placed.
Blyth Spartans: Hemming, Evans, Wilson, Hunter, Sanders, Thackray, Lambert, Hawkins, Harmison, Waddington, Dale. Subs: Devitt, Mullen, Summerly, Wrightson, Sweet.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis, Smith, McAuley, Power (Southwell), Richards (Carey), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Kelly).
Subs (not used): Payne, Hawkins
Goals: Marriott 14, 19. McAuley 61
Referee: Dean Watson