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Linnets have now dropped 18 points on home soil this season




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In-form striker Adam Marriott continued his rich vein of form in front of goal but admitted the 1-1 home draw against Leiston was two more points dropped.

Lynn were again forced to come from behind at the Walks as they held on to third spot in the Southern League Central standings.

Goalscorer Adam Marriott is congratulated by Craig Parker. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335840)
Goalscorer Adam Marriott is congratulated by Craig Parker. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335840)

And despite extending their unbeaten sequence to 17 matches, Marriott cannot fathom why the team are unable to reproduce their sparkling away form in front of their own fans.

Leiston went ahead in the second half through Matty Blake before Marriott levelled matters with his tenth goal of the campaign.

The Linnets have squandered a possible 18 points on home soil this season and a disappointed Marriott said: "Before I came, the boys we were really struggling here.

"We've picked up gradually but we have still drawn far too many games at home. We've got to keep working hard at it in training and hopefully we can turn it around here.

"We didn't really turn up today and I don't know why. We never seemed to get going and if you don't start properly then it gives the opposition impetus.

Michael Gash on the receiving end of a tackle. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335842)
Michael Gash on the receiving end of a tackle. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335842)

"It took them to score for us to get going. They came here and had a go but we gave them a bit too much respect really and didn't attack them."

While Alex Street was celebrating a huge milestone for the club, it was his opposite number Marcus Garnham who stole the headlines with a breathtaking stop to deny Marriott late on.

"I still can't believe he saved it," admitted Marriott.

"Jonah (Aarron Jones) has pulled it back to me, I've hit the target and you think it's going in travelling at that pace but he has somehow managed to turn it over the bar. On another day that goes in.

Craig Parker keeps close tabs on a Leiston opponent. Picture: TIM SMITH (6335844)
Craig Parker keeps close tabs on a Leiston opponent. Picture: TIM SMITH (6335844)

The final result could have been so different had Lynn been awarded at least one of two strong penalty appeals while Garnham did his best to undermine Street's big day between the posts with some fine saves.

Blake thought he had put his side ahead in the latter stages of the first half as he rattled the underside of Street’s bar with an instinctive flick.

After the break, Street denied Kyle Hammond with a sharp reaction save which was quickly replicated by Garnham, who thwarted Parker’s effort.

New King's Lynn Town signing Joe Robinson. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335838)
New King's Lynn Town signing Joe Robinson. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335838)

Blake opened the scoring with a predatory finish and spurned two further opportunities to give Leiston clear daylight.

Lynn's equaliser arrived when Ryan Hawkins, making his 100th appearance for the club, delivered a corner which was nodded back across the box by Ryan Fryatt for Marriot to fire past Garnham.

The visitors were forced to play the final few minutes with ten men after George Keys was shown two yellows cards in quick succession.

There was still time for Michael Gash to strike the bar from long range before Garnham's stunning stop to deny Lynn and Marriott a winner.

Alex Street with representatives from the Friends of the Linnets after making what was his 400th appearance for the club. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335846)
Alex Street with representatives from the Friends of the Linnets after making what was his 400th appearance for the club. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335846)

Lynn: Street, Robinson (Jones 60), Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Parker, Gash, Marriott, Hawkins. Subs not used: Henderson, Bastock, Castellan, Shipp.

Scorer: Marriott 72.

Leiston: Garnham, Keys, Dunbar, Aitkens, Knights (Jefford 90+2), Bullard, Lawrence, Hammond, Finch (Davies 83), Blake (Cheetham 90), Brothers. Subs not used: Garrard and Beckwith.

Booked: Dunbar. Keys.

Sent-off: Keys.

Scorer: Blake 60.

Attendance: 704.

Ryan Hawkins with representatives from the Friends of the Linnets on his 100th appearance for the club. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335849)
Ryan Hawkins with representatives from the Friends of the Linnets on his 100th appearance for the club. Picture: TIM SMITH. (6335849)


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