Alex Street played his 400th Linnets game

FOOTBALL: A 1-1 draw at home to Leiston saw King’s Lynn Town lose ground on the Central Premier League front-runners.

It left manager Ian Culverhouse frustrated but philosophical after Adam Marriott’s 11th goal of the season stretched their unbeaten run to 17 games.

He said: “I’m not really happy with the way we played. 

“It was one-paced and we played within ourselves.

“We turned up a little bit lethargic and had no real tempo or intensity to our game.

“We didn’t have that zip about our game. The lads know it and don’t need me to stand in front of them shouting and hollering. They know they underperformed.”

However, Culverhouse had praise for the way his side hit back from conceding a goal to Matt Blake on the hour mark.

The hosts levelled after 72 minutes when Ryan Hawkins’ corner was headed back across goal by Ryan Fryatt for Marriott to tap home. 

“Our response to going a goal down was magnificent,” said Culverhouse.

“Adam Marriott is the fox in the box we’ve been craving and Michael Gash worked really hard.”

The match marked Alex Street’s 400th appearance for the Linnets and both goalkeepers were kept busy in an entertaining encounter.

Craig Parker hit a post in the first half, while Blake struck Street’s bar soon after with chances created by both teams throughout.

The 1-1 draw leaves Street with 119 clean sheets to his name, still one short of Billy Bedwell’s club record 120 between 1922-33.

It also marked Hawkins 100th appearance and both players were presented with mementoes.

Leiston finished the game with 10 players after George Keys was dismissed in the 82nd minute after picking up two yellow cards in five minutes.

Gash came closest to punishing the visitors further in the closing stages, hitting the bar.

The Linnets are back on the road tomorrow with a trip to mid-table Royston Town.

They have lost six of their 12 home games so far this campaign and have won only twice in their last 11 outings.

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