King's Lynn Town striker Adam Marriott knows he's a marked man ahead of AFC Telford trip
Adam Marriott expects to be a marked man as he looks to emulate his goalscoring exploits of last season in the National League North.
Marriott, who plundered 28 goals for the club last term, already has two this campaign as the Linnets prepare for tomorrow’s trip to AFC Telford.
But the frontman knows his glowing reputation means he will keep coming in for special attention from defenders as Lynn look to make their mark at Step Two.
Marriott said: “Last year, I got a lot more space and defenders weren’t so switched on, but in this league they are.
“You can see the level is definitely better than the one we came up from. Every player is a little bit more sharper and a bit more experienced.
“I don’t feel as sharp as I would probably like to, but that will come with games.”
The 28-year-old admitted to being more nervous taking Tuesday night’s equalising penalty at Brackley Town than he was tucking away the spot-kick during Lynn’s dramatic Super play-off victory at Warrington in May.
“I didn’t have many chances throughout the game and I felt pretty nervous taking it as I don’t think we deserved it,” said Marriott.
“When you are playing well and you’ve already scored and things are going well, it’s a lot easier to be fair.
“I always back myself to score, but I was a little bit nervous.”
Although delighted by his side’s character in securing a point on Tuesday night, Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse is looking for an improvement for the trip to Shropshire.
“I thought some of the players looked jaded and leggy against Brackley, so we’ll look at it,” said Culverhouse.
“I thought this was one game too much for some of them, but then they shut
me up because of the effort they put in after Brackley scored.
“Our bench came on and gave us a little bit more spark on Tuesday.
“Sam (Kelly) gave us some life and Alfie (Payne) came on for his debut and he looks a very accomplished player.
“He looked very comfortable on the ball and in the end he’s the one who made the run in the box for the handball that led to our penalty.
“We’ve got to go Telford now and play a lot better. Our final third and link-up play between the front two wasn’t good enough on Tuesday.
“They had two many touches at times and we gave the ball away too easily.”
Midfielder Sonny Carey is Lynn’s only absentee for the trip to AFC Telford, who suffered a 1-0 midweek reverse at Hereford.
Like his opposite number in the dugout,Bucks boss Gavin Cowan also felt his side looked weary.
Cowan told the Shropshire Star: “We
lacked energy and endeavour, knowing that we would be in for a battle, facing a Hereford team who would be playing in front
of possibly their new manager, whomever that may be.
“What I asked of the players they didn’t really go out and do.
“We looked tired; we’ve had a lot of compliments for how fit we look for a part-time team, so I was surprised about that.
“Maybe I have to take a bit of responsibility in terms of changing the team up, because they did look weary.”
More by this authorGreg Plummer