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Linnets maintain pressure at the top of the table as Adam Marriott breaks the 20-goal barrier




King's Lynn Town 3 Halesowen Town 0

King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse has challenged his side to aim for the Southern Central Premier Division runners-up spot following their weekend cruise against Halesowen Town.

Adam Marriott scored twice in the first half against the Yeltz to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal, with Chris Henderson adding one at the start of the second period - created by none other than Marriott - to complete an emphatic display at The Walks.

Adam Marriott. Picture: Tim Smith (8161373)
Adam Marriott. Picture: Tim Smith (8161373)

The Linnets are currently third in the table, just two points behind second-place Stourbridge, who dropped two points at home after a 1-1 draw against St Ives at the weekend.

Lynn visit Stourbridge on the final day of the season and Culverhouse said: "Finishing second is a realistic target for us now.

"Originally, it was to get ourselves in the play-offs, but now we are within touching distance of Stourbridge so that's got to be our goal.

"If we could achieve that and then have the first play off here that would be magnificent. All of a sudden the players can see something else to go for.

"It has opened up for us a little bit. If we can get second then brilliant, but if we don't then we don't. Whatever happens it has been an incredible effort by the group of players.

"To think where they were to where they are now, it has been a remarkable effort."

Midfielder Chris Henderson who scored Lynn's third. Picture: Tim Smith. (8161377)
Midfielder Chris Henderson who scored Lynn's third. Picture: Tim Smith. (8161377)

Culverhouse was glowing in his assessment of Marriott's performance after watching the striker break the 20-goal barrier for the campaign.

“For a first season at the football club he has been magnificent,” said Culverhouse.

“The combination of the pair of them (with Michael Gash) up there is superb. He really is a goal scorer – throughout his career he has always scored goals and I am glad to have him on board and not against us.

"Hendo (Chris Henderson) also makes some intelligent runs up there too and the three of them are a real handful for any defence.

Michael Clunan with Chris Henderson. Picture: Tim Smith. (8161379)
Michael Clunan with Chris Henderson. Picture: Tim Smith. (8161379)

“Adam works hard at his game. In training he turns up and he wants to work, he doesn’t go through the motions. He loves seeing that ball hit the back of the net, that’s for sure.

"His first strike today was really crucial - he struck it so cleanly as well. They stay hit - you don’t see one that bobbles in with him, every one hits the back of the net with power. He is a hell of a goal scorer.”

"I thought we were excellent again today. We got the early goals and it settled us down."

Lynn: Street, Barrows (Hawkins 70), Fryatt, McAuley, Blake-Tracy, Richards, Jarvis (Jones 61), Clunan, Henderson (Parker 66), Marriott, Gash. Subs not used: Limb, Mellors-Blair.

Goals: Marriott 9, 13 pen, Henderson 46.

Halesowen: Platt, Ekongo, Griffiths, Lawton (Nabi 44), Morris, Charlton, Gilpin, Birch, Molyneux, Fitzpatrick (O’Neill-Martin 66), Kelly (Mareslia 39). Subs not used: Hughes.

Referee: G. Laflin (Stowmarket).

Attendance: 790.

Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith (8161381)
Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith (8161381)
King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Alex Street punches clear. Picture: Tim Smith. (8161375)
King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Alex Street punches clear. Picture: Tim Smith. (8161375)


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