Chris Henderson left it late to score the Linnets’ winner on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Chris Henderson and Adam Marriott put on a strikers’ master-class as King’s Lynn Town booked a Central Premier League play-off slot with a 2-1 win over Tamworth at The Walks on Saturday, writes Chris Milsom.

It left manager Ian Culverhouse delighted and he said of Marriott: “His link up play is top quality.

“He sees things very quickly He’s a proper footballer. He can spot runs and is very intelligent.

“That little sly pass for Hendo’s goal was sublime.”

Henderson netted an
85th-minute winner and Culverhouse said of the scorer: “He’s got that quality; making really good runs and he plays off the front two really well. He took his goal well.”

Lynn made a perfect start, taking the lead after 11 minutes.

A raking pass from the left by Frazer Blake-Tracy was met by the on-rushing Ross Barrows to head past goalkeeper Jas Singh.

Tamworth should have drawn level a minute later when a mistake by Alex Street gifted Tyrell Waite with a glorious chance but the big striker fired high and wide with the goal at his mercy.

Michael Gash headed wide of the target from Michael Clunan’s centre before Clunan slammed a free-kick into the wall.

The Linnets were much the better team in the second half.

Rory McAuley nearly doubled the lead but a good save from Singh denied the centre back.

Singh was called into action again just minutes later when he had to react quickly to parry a stinging shot from Clunan.

Henderson, Marriott and Aaron Jones were then denied in a scramble before a rasping shot from Jack Concannon flashed wide of Street’s goal as alarm bells started ringing for the home defence.

They were not heeded though because, after 82 minutes, it was 1-1 when Waite drove down the right-hand side and held off pressure from Ryan Jarvis and Ryan Fryatt to fire across Street and into the net.

But Lynn did not lie down and, in their next attack, Marriott threaded the ball through to Henderson and the little midfielder was as cool as ice as he slotted the ball past Singh for the winner.

Culverhouse was a relieved man and said: “I thought the keeper had a good game. He pulled off some very good saves.

“But when they scored I thought, oh no, not another one!

“It was another stupid goal and we’ve got to stop that.

“But the reaction from the lads was superb. We were in control from start to finish and Peds (Street) only had to make a couple of saves in the first half. We bossed the game.”

The Linnets travel to St Neots tomorrow, before welcoming Needham Market to The Walks on Monday, 3pm, for their final home league match of the season. 

They complete their fixtures with a trip to Stourbridge on Saturday, April 27, in what could be the decider for second-spot in the table behind champions Kettering Town. That would secure home advantage in both rounds of the league play-offs.