Mazza's back at The Walks as King's Lynn seek first home win in National League
Adam Marriott is set for an emotional return to The Walks tonight – but the striker was never part of manager Ian Culverhouse’s full-time plans.
Marriott is expected to line up for Barnet after ironically scoring his final goal in a Linnets shirt – his 66th for the club – against the Bees.
The prolific frontman left during the tumultuous second half of last season when he joined Eastleigh after being furloughed at Lynn.
“Never crossed our minds,” said Culverhouse when popped the question following Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 victory at Maidenhead United.
“He went down to Eastleigh, he wanted the full-time football. Even though we went to full-time football this year it wasn’t an option for us.
“I hope he is welcomed back with open arms – but not too open.”
The popular Marriott plundered his 66 goals in 99 games and played a major contribution as the Linnets clinched successive promotions up to the National League.
Lynn are searching for their first home points and come up against a Barnet side looking for their first away win of the season.
The Bees parted company with head coach Harry Kewell shortly after the 2-0 defeat at Bromley, having lost five and drawn two of their opening seven games.
Stepping into caretaker hotseat was Dean Brennan who joined Barnet as Head of Football in June.
Brennan, who steered Wealdstone to promotion to the National League in the 2019-20 season, has seen the Bees go undefeated in two games with a 3-1 win over Weymouth followed, on Saturday, by a goalless draw against AFC Halifax Town.
Meanwhile, Lynn are set to face two more former favourites following yesterday’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw.
The Linnets will host Southern Premier Central leaders Peterborough Sports next Saturday, October 16.
And after Marriott’s anticipated return to the Walks tonight, Lynn will come up against the other half of the big-man, small-man strikeforce that led them to the National League in Michael Gash.
Also linking up against his former club will be defender Ryan Fryatt who signed for The Turbines from Kettering Town in the summer.