King's Lynn Town striker preserves unbeaten home record at The Walks with last-gasp equaliser
Striker Adam Marriott spoke of his relief after his last-gasp goal helped the Linnets preserve their year-long unbeaten home record.
The Linnets looked to be heading for their first league loss at The Walks since September 2018 against Gloucester City until Marriott, who had earlier fired Lynn in front from the penalty spot, struck in injury time to make it 2-2.
Marriott, who already has nine goals to his name this season, said: “We weren’t quite at the races today and it was definitely two points dropped.
“It was obviously nice to score the goal at the end to save our unbeaten run at home as it’s important that we make this place a fortress.
“The first ten minutes we started pretty well, but then Gloucester got their passing going and we were chasing shadows for a bit.
“That’s not like us because when we score first we normally kick on and get two or three.
“I don’t know what it was today. The personnel changed a little bit so may be that had an affect on us, but we’ve got to be better all around the pitch.
“We work hard for each other and try our hardest. Football is a funny game and you can’t win every week, but we’ll bounce back.”
Marriott ended with a bit of praise for the Tigers, who had looked like securing their third victory on their travels until his late intervention.
“I thought they were a good team,” admitted Marriott.
“The gaffer spoke about them before kick-off. You can see why they’ve done so well and why they have just fallen short against the likes of York City.”
The red-hot Marriott had given Town the lead from the penalty spot on three minutes after Sam Kelly was bundled over inside the box.
The visitors slowly gained a foothold in the game and were level on 26 minutes from Joe Hanks after a series of mix-ups in the Linnets’ defence.
Aaron Jones hit the base of a post just before the interval and things remained level going into the break despite Lynn looking sloppy at the back.
Joe Parker put the Tigers ahead following a flowing visiting move just after the hour-mark and, despite lots of home pressure and half-chances, Lynn looked to be heading for their first home loss of the campaign.
But Marriott had other ideas when he popped up three yards out to prod home a low centre from substitute Chris Henderson following some sustained home pressure.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fryatt, Smith, Fox (Barrows 82), Jarvis (Henderson 56), Clunan, Richards, Kelly (Carey 74), Marriott, Gash. Subs not used: Payne, Stewart.
Goals: Marriott 3pen, 90+4.
Gloucester City: Jeacock, Thomas, Harper, Harrison, Avery, Knowles, Parker (Hainult 82), Hanks (Myrie-Williams 51), J Jackson (M Jackson 65) Russe, Kotwica. Subs: Johnstone, Smith.
Goals: Hanks 26, Parker 61.