FOOTBALL: Warrington is the destination tomorrow as King’s Lynn Town travel to the Northern Premier League play-off winners to see who will gain a place in National League North next season.
The Linnets dismantled Alvechurch 3-0 at The Walks on Monday in the Central Premier League play-off final and now stand just 90 minutes away from competing at the same level as former Football League sides York City, Darlington, Chester, Kidderminster and Southport.
Manager Ian Culverhouse was humbled by his team’s display, just 48 hours after seeing off Stratford Town in the semi-final.
“They were superb,” he said. “We tried to mix it up in the first half and went long early to make sure we squeezed up.
“The last time we played Alvechurch they were outstanding. They really got at us and closed us down.
“Maz’s (Adam Marriott) great finish got us in front and we were okay in the first half, but the second half, wow, we were outstanding.
“We went to another level and everybody put a shift in. Even the boys coming off the bench made an impact.
“Any other year we would be celebrating promotion, but we’ve still got another game to do, so again the preparation and recovery has got to be spot on,
“I know Warrington were watching, but we will turn up there and put another shift in.”
League golden boot winner Marriott settled any early nerves when he created space just inside the box before driving the ball into the net.
A foul on Chris Henderson resulted in a penalty, converted by Marriott, just after the break and the “super play-off” spot was finalised when Michael Gash powered in a header from Michael Clunan’s corner.
Marriott said: “We made it quite easy in the end. We got the early goal and were pretty much in cruise control; we were very comfortable.
“We just needed that all-important second goal and we then saw it through in the end.
“We all managed to recover well from Saturday but now it’s all about resting up and getting ready to go again this Saturday.
“The gaffer will have us prepared and switched on.
“I know their manager, Paul Carden. He was at Cambridge United when I was there and he’s got a bit about him. I’m sure he will have his team up for it.
“It’s a final and it will be won by whoever performs on the day.
“With our confidence now, I don’t see why we can’t get the win.
“Hopefully we can take as many fans as we can to show us some support.”
Warrington booked their place in the “super final” with a surprise 2-1 win at divisional runners-up South Shields, having beaten Nantwich Town 4-1 in the semi-final.