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King's Lynn defender says summer switch from Cheshunt was the right move for him

Defender Adam Crowther says it was the right decision for him to sign for King’s Lynn Town in the summer as the club prepare to host Darlington in a top-of-the-table clash at The Walks tomorrow.

The 21-year-old has been an ever-present in Lynn’s defence this season after arriving at the club from Cheshunt in the summer.

“It was 100 per cent the right decision for me to come to Lynn and I’ve loved every minute of it so far,” said Crowther.

A fist pump from goalscorer Adam Crowther. Picture: Ian Burt. (59851833)
A fist pump from goalscorer Adam Crowther. Picture: Ian Burt. (59851833)

“I had offers from a lot of other clubs in the close season, including several sides in the National League, but I didn’t want to be sitting on the bench, I wanted to be playing.

“Being full-time was also important to me. I was working during the day, squeezing the gym in during my lunch hour and training in the evening. It was too much.

“I feel I’ve grown into it here. At the start of the season without doing anything wrong I didn’t feel quite right, but Tommy (Widdrington), Hugo (Langton) and Mark (Hughes) have shown great trust in me and now it’s starting to pay off.”

The youngster has impressed with his performances so far and feels he is indebted to Josh Coulson for his continued progress on the pitch.

“I’ve learnt so much from Josh on and off the pitch and he’s helped me so much. What a great character he is to have at the club,” he said.

“He’s got 12 years more wisdom than me and if I can emulate or get near to anything like he’s done in the game, I’ll be a happy man.”

Crowther admitted that his two years with England Schoolboys helped him regain his love for the game after he looked set to play golf at the highest level.

“I was playing off a handicap of four as a golfer and was involved in a lot of big events at home and internationally,” he said.

“As a teenager I even got offered a place at Cambridge United when I was 14 but turned it down because I thought I was going to play golf.

“But once I was at sixth form and got selected to play for England Schoolboys, it got me taking my football seriously again.

“I got to play at some good stadiums at Luton, York and Bohemians and had some good experiences abroad. It helped kick-start my career again.”

The Bishops Stortford-based defender hasn’t looked back since, enjoying spells with Royston Town and Cheshunt where he scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 victory over Wingate and Finchley last season.

“It was the perfect hat-trick, one with my left foot, one with my right and a header,” he said.

“I’ve still got the matchball from that game, I’ve kept it in a box in my house.”

Finding the back of the net doesn’t seem to be too much of an issue for the Harlow-born player who has netted in Lynn’s last two home games.

“It’s an individual part of my game that I’ve been working hard on since coming to Lynn,” he said.

“It always helps if you can be a threat at set-pieces.”

Crowther would love to add to his tally against Darlington as Lynn look to remain top of the table.

The second-placed Quakers are unbeaten in their last eight league games and the centre-half knows it will be a real battle.

“As a squad we’re all looking forward to it and training has been very competitive this week,” he said.

“This squad pushes each other to play at their best and I feel we can beat anyone on our day.

“It’s one of a number of big games coming up. Darlington will be a good side, but we’ve just been concentrating on ourselves.”

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