King's Lynn Town duo start plotting their futures after saying goodbye following four magical years
King's Lynn Town 4 Aldershot Town 4
Michael Gash and Ryan Jarvis started plotting their futures after saying their final farewells to Linnets fans on an emotional afternoon at The Walks.
After four seasons with the club, the 34-year-old's, who have clocked up more than 300 appearances between them, bowed out as Lynn ended their National League campaign with a draw in a scintillating eight-goal thriller.
Both sides formed a guard of honour for the departing duo before the game as a crowd of 881 showed their appreciation for the men who helped the club achieve back-to-back promotions into the top flight.
Gash and Jarvis were given a guard of honour before kick-off – the former having been handed the captain’s armband by Michael Clunan.
Injury prevented Jarvis from featuring in the game, but Gash had the crowd on their feet with his goal just before half-time.
He was substituted with seven minutes remaining and the Walks faithful rose to salute their hero as he left the field for one final time.
“I am not retiring,” said Gash. “I don’t know – the phone’s been busy so I just have to weigh up my options.
"There are quite a few clubs who have already got in contact but I said I have a game to focus on and once the weekend is over, I will talk to people next week.
“There are some good teams who have come in, but I haven’t spoken to anyone.”
On his future, Jarvis, who was ruled out of playing with a knee injury, said: “I would love to play here next year – unfortunately that is not the case so I will have to give my energy and passion somewhere else.
“I am not looking for status, or money or anything like that – I just want to go and enjoy the next project
“This last four years it has felt like there has been something to push for, there has been a goal, an end vision. Training was always at the highest intensity and it was a proper project.
“And I want that again - I don’t want to just turn up to play, I want a proper, good project, I want to feel that – when I speak to manager next week, I want to feel they are building something and I want to get stuck into it.”
On the pitch, the football played second fiddle as King's Lynn and Aldershot wrapped up their National League campaigns.
Toby Edser put Aldershot ahead with a low shot and Chike Kandi made it 2-0 before the interval with a calm finish.
The script was written for Gash to go out in a blaze of glory and he didn't disappoint as he registered on his last-ever appearance in Lynn colours.
Gash, who'd missed an absolute sitter to put the Linnets ahead early in the game, chipped in for the Linnets and they levelled in the 57th minute via Simeon Jackson's penalty.
Kodi Lyons-Foster made it 3-2 and then headed home to make it 4-3 after Jackson added his second, but Tai Fleming equalised in stoppage time.
Teams and match ratings
King's Lynn Town: Richardson 6, Howard 6, Fleming 7, Barrows 7, Denton 6, Clunan 6, Carey 7, Jackson 7 (Gascoigne 75, 6), Babos 6 (Kiwomya 46, 6), Gash 8 (Tasguim 82, 6), Gyasi. Subs not used: Payne.
Booked: Gyasi, Carey.
Scorers: Gash 43, Jackson 55, 66.
Aldershot: Walker 6, Fowler 6, Lyons-Foster 8, Bettamer 7, Kandi 7, Panayiotou 6 (Miller 79, 6), Whittingham 6, Edser 7 (Wylie 74, 6), Ogie 7, Kinsella 7, Tanner 7. Subs not used: Hall, Hinds, Rabbetts.
Scorers: Edser 19, Kandi 36, Lyons-Foster 63, 72.