FOOTBALL: It is a straight shoot-out for second place in the Central Premier League tomorrow when King’s Lynn Town travel to Stourbridge for their final league match of the season, writes Chris Milsom.
Lynn already know they will have home advantage against either Alvechurch or Stratford Town in Wednesday’s play-off semi-final. But a win at Stourbridge will also mean they will be at home in the final, should they reach it.
A last-gasp equaliser from Rory McAuley in Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to Needham Market kept the Linnets a point behind tomorrow’s opponents, who also drew their penultimate match.
Lynn had given their goal difference a boost on Saturday with a comfortable 5-0 win at troubled St Neots Town.
Saints owner Lee Kearns cut the playing budget in February and many senior players left, leaving them to finish the season with a very young squad.
“Our boys were tremendous,” said Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse.
“It’s hard for St Neots as we all know what has gone on but we knew we were facing a young, but very spirited side, who have picked up some good results.
“We had to be right on our game and the players were really clued in to what was needed.
“We started the game well, and managed it really well. We kept possession and controlled the game for long spells, even though St Neots kept coming at us.”
It was a five-star performance from the Linnets, who were quick out of the blocks to take a third-minute lead when a cross-cum-shot from Frazer Blake-Tracy was diverted into goal by the deftest of touches from Adam Marriott.
He doubled his tally after 20 minutes when some sloppy defending allowed him to poke home his 22nd goal of the season.
Jordan Richards’ thunderbolt of strike crashed against the crossbar before Michael Gash fired in to make it 3-0 just after the interval.
McAuley added a fourth when he powered home a header from Michael Clunan’s pin-point corner and Lynn completed the rout in stoppage time with substitute Will Mellors-Blair getting his first goal for the club.
McAuley was the Linnets hero with a stoppage-time header at The Walks on Monday.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play when Joe Marsden set up Adam Mills to poke the ball past Alex Street at the second attempt.
It will be usual cash on admission on Wednesday, with online ticket sales also in place.