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Forget Barcelona and Manchester City! National League North King's Lynn Town show they are just as slick with stunning 21-pass goal against Southport

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King’s Lynn Town scored a sublime 21-pass goal during their 2-1 win at Southport on Saturday to move back to the National League North summit.

The Linnets ended Southport’s run of five straight home league wins with another impressive display of passing football, but you’ll be lucky if you see a better build-up and strike than Adam Marriott’s equaliser on Merseyside.

Marriott’s 19th goal of the campaign, which cancelled out Devarn Green’s opener for the hosts, was a thing of beauty at the Pure Stadium before Chris Henderson sealed the three points in the second period.

A tough afternoon looked in store for Lynn as Green scored his third goal in four league games for the Sandgrounders after Lynn’s Ryan Hawkins had been foiled by a combination of Charlie Alibinson’s save and a goal-line block from Dean Winnard just seconds earlier.

Lynn levelled midway through the half with a stunning passing before, Marriott cutting in from the right before curling home a peach of a strike.

The chances continued to come for Lynn Marriott turning in the area before firing wide, while Albinson saved from Ryan Hawkins.

Southport restarted the game after the break on the front foot, Raul Correia getting on the end of a throw-in from but the home team were unable to capitalise.

The Linnets took the lead just before the hour, Henderson turning the ball home at the far post from a Jordan Richards centre.

Southport should have equalised when Morgan drove into the area, picking out Jack Sampson, but his shot lacked any real conviction to trouble goalkeeper Street.

The Merseyside outfit came within inches of an equaliser, when Zehn Moammed struck the upright from a corner while substitute Connor Woods added another dimension from the bench.

The hosts continued to apply pressure until the end but were unable to unlock a King’s Lynn defence which maintained its discipline superbly.

Striker Adam Marriott celebrates. Picture: Tim Smith. (21618983)
Striker Adam Marriott celebrates. Picture: Tim Smith. (21618983)

Marriott struck a post in stoppage time but the points were already in the bag.

Southport: Albinson, Mhammed, Doyle, Winnard, Astles, Morgan, Green, Benjamin (Glynn 76), Correia (Oliver 60), Sampson, Bauress (Woods 60). Subs not used: Hanford, Newell.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fox, Kelly (Jones 82), Ward, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Hawkins, Marriott, Henderson (Carey 86). Subs not used: Bastock, Payne, Jarvis.

Referee: Tom Kirk.

Attendance: 1,257.

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