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King's Lynn Town enjoy that winning feeling as manager and striker scoop National League North honours

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King’s Lynn Town have completed a clean sweep of all the awards on offer in the National League North.

As well as being named as Club of the Year, Ian Culverhouse has picked up the Manager of the Year accolade while striker Adam Marriott has scooped the Player of the Year award.

On releasing the results, the National League North said: Returning to the club six months after he left, little did he know just what a big decision that would turn out to be.

National League North manager of the season Ian Culverhouse. (39279555)
National League North manager of the season Ian Culverhouse. (39279555)

Not one promotion later but two, Manager of the Year Ian Culverhouse didn’t look back.

For a club formed from the ashes of King’s Lynn when financial collapse led to the original club’s closure, he has already secured legendary status.

They may have won the title on the “Unweighted Points Per Game” basis, but the Linnets boss says nothing should steal focus from their achievement.

Winning 19 of their 32 matches, claiming an impressive 64 points, The Walks will welcome National League football next term.

Their stylish brand of football won their many friends and under the former Norwich City defender’s stewardship they are sure to be an asset to the top division when football re-starts.

Adam Marriott. (39278985)
Adam Marriott. (39278985)

Making the long trip home from Guiseley on the opening day of the season, eventual player-of-the-year Adam Marriott had a sinking feeling. Not only did his side get battered 3-0, the striker hardly got a kick.

Out of their depth? A harsh call to make one game in but concern was certainly there.

They needn’t have worried. Lynn went on to take the crown against all odds and as for Marriott? Well, he enjoyed his best ever season.

He scored 28 National League North goals and inspired everyone around him.

“It’s not just his goalscoring, his all-round game is fantastic,” his manager said.

“We’ve had him for two years now, he is always first to mention the big man next to him (Michael Gash) who puts his body on the line.”

When a global pandemic hits, two months is shaved off the season and you still manage to score 28 times, you know you’ve done alright.

Adam Marriott also got his hands on the Golden Boot as well.

He out-scored Lee Ndlovu of Brackley Town by eight goals, and had 10 on Chester’s Akwasi Asante.

Marriott was so good he found the net on average every 98 minutes.

But bad news for defenders in the National League arrived a few weeks ago. He is staying, and wants to see if he can do something remarkable – fire Lynn to a third straight promotion.

A tall order, but who would rule them out with this man leading the line?

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