King's Lynn Town striker Adam Marriott talks about holding his nerve for penalty in the Super Play-Off final at Warrington Town and his admiration for fellow frontman Michael Gash
If two Golden Boots in the last six seasons isn’t proof enough already, Adam Marriott just loves finding the back of the net.
But the striker, who plundered 28 goals to top the Southern League Central Premier scoring charts, revealed that his move from Boston United last October almost didn’t materialise.
Reflecting on a remarkable few months, Marriott, who also scooped the accolade for Cambridge City with 45 goals back in 2013/14, said: “It nearly didn’t happen. I remember getting a call from Rory (McAuley) when I was at Boston United.
“I knew a couple of the lads from my Cambridge United days, but with Lynn 17th or 18th in the table at the time, I wasn’t sure what to do.
“I wasn’t getting into the side at Boston United and they say that everything happens for a reason. Since I came to Lynn it has been brilliant.
“The season couldn’t have gone any better for me. We’ve been the perfect fit and I’m obviously over the moon that I did make the move.
“Once I got used to how the team played, I always knew I’d score goals. I don’t let things bother me and it’s better if you are in control of what goes on.
“That’s me. That’s how I live my life and I’ve got a lot of belief in my own ability on the pitch.”
Despite having a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders, the 28-year-old was coolness personified during his equalising penalty against Warrington in the Super Play-Off last Saturday.
His late spot-kick took the game into extra-time and the rest, as they say, is history as Lynn returned to Step 2 football for the first time for more than a decade.
“I didn’t realise how far we were into the game at the time,” admitted Marriott.
“It was a pressure situation, but I hadn’t missed one this season so I was confident I would score.
“I was delighted it went in but, for me, it was fitting that Gashy (Michael Gash) scored the winner.”
Imagining Marriott without his goals feels like a useless exercise, while his partnership alongside Michael Gash proved indispensable to the Lynn cause.
The former Lincoln City and Stevenage frontman has nothing but admiration for Gash, who he played with during his early days at Cambridge United. They formed one of the best, and most deadly, striking relationships in the division.
“We work really well together,” said Marriott.
“Gashy is one of the best strikers I’ve ever played with. He does so much of the horrible stuff that goes unnoticed, but holds the ball up well and brings so many others into the game.
“He has helped me and there is also such a good understanding between the rest of the team on the pitch.”
Marriott admitted he is now yearning some time out from football after a non-stop few weeks.
“My body has been in pieces this week,” he said after Lynn’s third play-off game in the space of a week.
“It takes as much out of you mentally as it does physically. We had the two games in three days (Stratford and Alvechurch) and then we did get a few days rest.
“I’ve got to say it was tough going into extra-time at Warrington, but this team will run through brick walls for each other.”