Dual Linnets manager praises improvement as club's future talent continues to blossom
It has been a tough season for Neil Fryatt on and off the football pitch – but one which has brought him more satisfaction than any other in the dugout.
The Linnets stalwart has gone full scale on the managerial ladder at The Walks in what can only be described as a whirlwind few months for the man who lives and breathes King’s Lynn Town Football Club.
After starting the campaign as under-18s manager, both Robbie Back and Fryatt successfully stepped into the first team breach when called upon.
Following the surprise return of Ian Culverhouse, the highly-regarded Fryatt took a step back to resume his role as under-18s team boss before eventually taking on the mantle of the reserves alongside Adam Seal.
“I’ve probably had my most enjoyable season as a manager,” said Fryatt.
“It has been fantastic to work with such a vibrant group of youngsters at the club, while the first team players were also a pleasure to work with.
“I’ve really enjoyed it. Even during the period when the reserves weren’t winning games, you could see the team improving and developing on the pitch.”
Fryatt, whose reserve side have only lost once in their last nine games, believes the future for King’s Lynn Town is in safe hands as the club’s young-guns continue to blossom.
Over the last few weeks, Lynn’s youngsters have displayed a level of skill, drive and determination as they have grown up as players on the pitch.
It has led to a dramatic upturn of fortunes in results in Thurlow Nunn Division One North and Fryatt said: “Over the last two-and-a-half months, results have shown just how far the team has come.
“The young lads have come to terms with the work ethic you have to put in at Step 6 to win a game of football.
“They really have bought into the way Adam (Seal) and myself want to play and it hasn’t been one-dimensional.
“Against Leiston Reserves on Monday (1-1 draw at the Walks) we didn’t have one player starting who was over the age of 20. The game was a great advert for the league and young footballers in general.
“We gave a silly goal away but the players kept going. They hung in there and got their just rewards with an equaliser. On the night, a draw was probably a fair result.
“That was perhaps the biggest pointer to how far the team has come and the same could be said against Swaffham last Friday.
“To a man, I couldn’t fault them and in the end we were beaten by a set-piece and an own goal in the last ten minutes.
“Swaffham were very professional. They came with a gameplan and in the end they wore us down.”
Fryatt hopes the side’s continued improvement will lead to more support through the turnstiles for their final two home games of the season against Mulbarton (April 20) and Ipswich Wanderers (April 27).
“The support just recently has been magnificent and I think we are beginning to draw people back to watch the reserves,” admitted Fryatt.
“I know the first team have got a huge game at Stourbridge when we play Ipswich Wanderers, but it would be nice to think that we can get more than 100 through the gate for our last two home games.”
Elsewhere tomorrow, Swaffham Town continue their promotion push with a trip to Ipswich Wanderers.
Paul Hunt’s side, who have won their last five league matches, travel to Humber Doucy Lane for the first of a double header against the Suffolk outfit in the space of a week with their hosts visiting Shoemakers Lane for the return next weekend.
The Pedlars are just two points behind league leaders Harleston Town with just four games remaining.
Downham Town, who have been hit by a recent spate of injuries, are on the road at Cornard United.
Both fourth-placed Fakenham Town and King’s Lynn Town Reserves are without a fixture.