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Linnets put close rivals Coalville to the sword at The Walks




Two-goal Chris Henderson hailed the contribution of team-mate Adam Marriott as King's Lynn Town boosted their play-off aspirations against Coalville.

Henderson scored stunning efforts in either half while there was one apiece from Michael Gash and Marriott for Lynn, who could even afford the luxury of skipper Michael Clunan missing an early penalty against the Ravens.

Chris Henderson fires home a stunning second goal against Coalville. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524478)
Chris Henderson fires home a stunning second goal against Coalville. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524478)

While there was no doubting the quality of Henderson's two goals, the attacking midfielder spoke about the overall contribution of frontman Marriott who registered for the fifth successive game at The Walks.

"I thought Adam was a different class at times and he deserved his goal right at the end," said Henderson.

"People look at his goalscoring record and think he is just a poacher, but there is just so much more to the team than just goals. His work ethic alongside Gashy (Michael Gash) up top is second-to-none.

"It helps us when teams want to get out and they can't and we defend from the front.

"My first goal, Mazza has put me through. I thought he'd probably delayed the ball a bit too long but in the end it was perfect and I was left with just the goalkeeper to beat.

"The second one Mazza has played it to me again and I've had one touch and hit it with my left.

"Nine times out of ten that ends up behind the goal in the car park but I was happy to see it float into the top corner."

Chris Henderson is congratulated by Linnets skipper Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith (7524482)
Chris Henderson is congratulated by Linnets skipper Michael Clunan. Picture: Tim Smith (7524482)

Reflecting on a huge victory for the Linnets, who now find themselves four points clear in third place, Henderson said: "When we played Coalville away from home we were very fortunate to come away with a point.

"They bullied us a little bit and we were very weary of that coming into today's game. We got caught up in it a little bit today for a ten-minute spell but I thought we came out of the other side and our quality shone through.

"We battled when we had to battle and played when we had to play. The pitch wasn't great so we couldn't play like we want to, but i think we managed the game very well and it was a very professional performance from us."

Despite missing from the spot, Lynn calmed their nerves with a beautifully-crafted goal in the 27th minute as Marriott threaded the ball through to Henderson to open the scoring.

Andrew Wright thumped home an equaliser four minutes later before Frazer Blake-Tracy put the ball on a plate for Gash to restore the home side's lead two minutes before the interval.

Striker Michael Gash heads Lynn in front just before the break. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524488)
Striker Michael Gash heads Lynn in front just before the break. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524488)

Any hopes the Ravens had of getting back into the contest were ended by Henderson 30 seconds into the second period when he converted another Marriott pass in emphatic style to knock the stuffing out of the visitors.

Marriott deservedly added his name to the scoresheet from the penalty spot to take his tally for the campaign to 17 after Ryan Hawkins had been upended by former Linnet Kalern Thomas.

It's a handshake for Chris Henderson from manager Ian Culverhouse. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524492)
It's a handshake for Chris Henderson from manager Ian Culverhouse. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524492)

Lynn: Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis (Parker 91), Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Gash, Marriott (Mellors-Blair 90), Henderson (Hawkins 83). Subs not used: Bastock and Robinson.

Booked: Henderson, Clunan.

Scorers: Henderson 27, 46, Gash 43, Marriott 89.

Colaville: Walton, Dean, Thomas, Towers, Fenton, Doyle-Charles, Shaw (Omotola 60), Wright, Perry (Berridge 70), Mitchell (Burrows 70), McGlinchey. Subs not used: Coton and Browne.

Booked: Doyle-Charles, Towers.

Scorer: Wright 31.

Attendance: 733.

And it's a hug for Lynn's two-goal hero from assistant boss Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524494)
And it's a hug for Lynn's two-goal hero from assistant boss Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (7524494)


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