FOOTBALL: Adam Marriott preserved King’s Lynn Town’s unbeaten home record but a 2-2 draw with Gloucester City ended the Linnets 100 per cent start to the season at The Walks.
Leading scorer Marriott struck four minutes into stoppage time to save a National League North point but it saw the Linnets lose pole position in the table.
It left manager Ian Culverhouse again praising his team’s resilience and character, while admitting they were still in dreamland among the leading teams in the division.
“We’ve got to get some realism around the place,” he said. “We’ve not got a right to beat anyone in this league. We’ll play 42 games and we’ll be underdogs in every one.
“What we are doing at the moment is unbelievable. The character we showed at the end was incredible and showed immense character.
“What we are doing is far beyond anyone’s dream. We’d all love it to continue. The reality is it probably won’t but we’ll ride it as long as we can.
“This group of players will work their socks off for this football club until we can’t do it any more.”
Marriott had helped Lynn make a perfect start, converting from the penalty spot three minutes into the game after a foul on Sam Kelly.
A misplaced back pass from Ryan Jarvis left goalkeeper Alex Street stranded and allowed Joe Hanks to equalise. Aaron Jones came close to restoring the home lead just before half-time but his shot hit a post.
The visitors went ahead on the hour-mark when a corner flew across goal and Joe Parker converted at the far post.
That looked to be the winner until Marriott got on the end of Chris Henderson’s cross to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give most of the 1,044 crowd some late cheer.
• The Linnets take a break from league action tomorrow when they travel to Alfreton in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, 3pm.
The club’s youngsters are also through to the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup after a 6-2 victory over Brantham Athletic on Monday.
Lynn’s women’s team opened their Eastern Region League season with a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Cambridge City Development. Player of the match Becky Russell got the home goal.
On Sunday they travel to Harlow Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Women’s Cup, 2pm.