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King's Lynn Town hot shot hailed after taking his National League North tally to 28 goals for the season




King's Lynn Town director of football Robbie Back hailed the predatory instincts of striker Adam Marriott as the Linnets extended their unbeaten run to 14 games in the National League North.

Marriott bagged a first half brace to set up victory in the north-east before Rory McAuley made sure of the victory early in the second half as Lynn reached the 60-point barrier before the start of February.

The three points preserved Lynn's four-point gap at the top of the table as Marriott took his league tally to an amazing 28 for the season.

Adam Marriott celebrates with his colleagues after opening the scoring at Blyth Spartans. (27711718)
Adam Marriott celebrates with his colleagues after opening the scoring at Blyth Spartans. (27711718)

"I've never seen a finisher like it at this level," said Back.

"His finishing is something else and he's just having such a good season, he really is. He keeps scoring important goals.

Simon Power torments the Blyth Spartans defence. (27711755)
Simon Power torments the Blyth Spartans defence. (27711755)

"After we went 2-0 up, we let them back into a bit. We tried to make it too difficult for ourselves at times by trying to play that killer pass.

"We switched off and stopped doing what Ian wanted us to do, but he got them in at half-time an and that's what we did in the second half.

King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Alex Street. (27711724)
King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Alex Street. (27711724)

"It's good to keep another clean sheet and I thought Rory McAuley and Smudger (Chris Smith) were outstanding for us again."

Marriott buried two composed finishes just six minutes apart with Michael Gash and recent signing Simon Power setting the prolific frontman up for the two goals.

Defender Chris Smith keeps close tabs on Blyth's Robbie Dale. (27711732)
Defender Chris Smith keeps close tabs on Blyth's Robbie Dale. (27711732)

Power and Marriott wasted further opportunities for the hosts but the hosts gradually improved and ended the opening 45 minutes on top.

Robbie Dale’s corner was cleared as far as Scott Wilson, who took a touch before his attempt landed the wrong side of Alex Street’s crossbar.

Striker Dayle Southwell making his King's Lynn debut. (27711730)
Striker Dayle Southwell making his King's Lynn debut. (27711730)

Dale turned Nathan Fox inside and out before his low shot forced to Street to get down quickly and parry the Blyth winger’s effort away.

Moments later, Street came to the rescue again when he saved Kris Thackray's powerful shot.

Lynn players and fans celebrate after Rory McAuley's goal. (27711738)
Lynn players and fans celebrate after Rory McAuley's goal. (27711738)

Blyth’s hopes of mounting a comeback were dashed on the hour-mark by an Jones corner kick that was headed home with ease by McAuley.

Blyth: Hemming, Evans, Wilson (Summerly, 66), Hunter (Sweet, 64), Sanders, Thackray, Lambert (Wrightson, 64), Hawkins, Harmison, Waddington, Dale. Subs not used: Devitt, Mullen.

Manager Ian Culverhouse and director of football Robbie Back. (27711740)
Manager Ian Culverhouse and director of football Robbie Back. (27711740)

King’s Lynn: Street, Jones, Fox, Jarvis, Smith, McAuley, Power (Southall, 73), Richards (Carey, 77), Gash, Marriott, Henderson (Kelly, 67). Subs not used: Payne, Hawkins.

Goals: Marriott (12, 18), McAuley (60).

Simon Power. (27711743)
Simon Power. (27711743)

Attendance: 686.

Referee: Dean Watson.

Lynn defender Rory McAuley. (27711746)
Lynn defender Rory McAuley. (27711746)

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