King's Lynn Town in a National League North rut, admits midfielder
King's Lynn Town 0 Guiseley 1
Chris Henderson admitted that King's Lynn Town were in a rut as the Coronavirus virus tightened it's grip on the country.
Following the suspension of the Premier League and English Football League, several National League North games went ahead despite the pandemic.
But another stuttering display from Ian Culverhouse's side saw Guiseley become the first team to complete the double over the Linnets this season.
Speaking after the game - Lynn's third home defeat on the bounce - a dejected Henderson said: "We're in a rut and the simple thing is that we haven't been at it the past couple of games.
"Saying that, we've probably created enough chances to win three games of football today.
"There's a lot of excuses we can use, but we simply haven't been good enough."
Guiseley's Kaine Felix, who also hit the woodwork in the second half, punished a dreadful mix-up between Tom Ward and Alex Street 12 minutes before the break as Lynn's defensive deficiencies were cruelly exposed for the second time in the space of a few days.
The game saw six home players booked and midfielder Michael Clunan sent-off after the final whistle with referee Mr Atkinson infuriating the home faithful with a string of baffling decisions.
The Linnets missed a host of chances to get themselves back into the game with leading scorer Adam Marriott perhaps the most guilty in front of goal.
On another day Marriott could have easily helped himself to a hat-trick, but Henderson refused to blame the frontman for Lynn's latest reverse.
"For all the good that we do, Mazza has been putting the ball in the back of the net all season," admitted Henderson.
"He's the reason why we are where we are to be honest with you. He'll be hard on himself because that's the type of guy he is, but we owe him this.
"He's going through a rut like the rest of us but once we start playing again, he will soon start scoring again."
Whether Lynn - and Marriott - will get the chance to perform again this season remains unclear.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fox, Ward (Power 59), Smith, McAuley (C), Payne, Richards, Southwell (Gash 64), Marriott, Henderson (Hawkins 59). Subs (not used): Kelly, Jones.
Bookings: Ward, Henderson, McAuley, Gash, Hawkins, Barrows.
Guiseley: Wade, McNally, Nicholson, Digie, Bencherif (C), Ekpolo, Felix, Cantrill, Spencer, Soleman (Shaw 69), Johnson. Subs (not used): Sheppeard, Zanos, Clayton, Smith.
Bookings: Spencer, Digie, Bencherif.
Referee: Mr B. Atkinson.
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