Struggling King's Lynn reminded of the 'glory days' as former striker hits a National League double for Barnet
On a day when the Linnets would have given anything for a goal – and three points – it was perhaps ironic that former striker Adam Marriott would cruelly remind fans of the club’s glory days by scoring a double for Barnet.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Marriott and Michael Gash were the words on everybody's lips – fans, journalists and former players alike as the club, with the help of Covid, clinched back-to-back promotions.
The Walks was something of a fortress in those days and the club could score goals for fun.
How times have changed.
Whether through injury, poor attitude or sheer ineptitude (and so far a combination of all three) there seems to be several players who are seriously holding the current squad back.
Saturday’s first half performance summed up Lynn to a tee this season as they fell to another 1-0 defeat on home soil.
When they did deliver a number of inviting balls into the box, with midfielder Brett McGavin delivering at least two on a plate for his team-mates, the club's misfiring strikers were no where to be seen.
Manager Ian Culverhouse summed the problem up perfectly on the final whistle.
"We was very poor today going forward, I thought. It didn't stick up there. They had three free kicks first half that go out the back side of the 18 yard box.
"That can't happen, that really can't happen. We've got to get on the end of them. The quality of ball was very good
"I thought back four played really well and defended really well and midfield battled but going forward we were lacking quality and strength," he said.
"I thought it was a poor game. The conditions were shocking. There was nothing in the game, there really wasn't. Michael got on one in the first half, the keeper made a good save from that.
"Then it was dire, really, and you always thought a mistake would probably cost.
"They penned us in a little bit second half and we couldn't get out and the conditions helped them. I thought going forward we were lacking today.
"It's something that we practice as well. You've got to have the desire when the ball goes into the opposition box, be horrible and aggressive and get on the end of them."
For so long this season, Culverhouse has defended his young players to the hilt, but on such a crucial afternoon when the Lynn boss – and the fans – needed a performance too many of the current squad went into hiding.
Lynn have the second youngest squad in the National League, but the current team are crying out for a little bit of experience and know-how while some of the 'deadwood' has to be offloaded.
The summer recruitment process at The Walks was nothing short of poor in certain areas and the club are ultimately paying the price on the pitch.
A long and torrid season shows no sign of abating unless the club – perhaps with or without Culverhouse at the helm – can quickly find the answers.