FOOTBALL: Non-League Day is designed to give supporters of professional teams the chance to see what the game is like below the Football League.
And any who were in the 1,637 crowd at The Walks on Saturday would have been given a great insight into its delights with King’s Lynn Town and Chester putting on a superb display, battling out a 2-2 draw.
The clash of the third and second placed sides in the National League North table was always going to be good on paper and the game did not fail to deliver.
Lynn opened the scoring with just 66 seconds gone when Chester goalkeeper Russ Griffiths made a mistake, gifting the ball to Adam Marriott who coolly slotted it back past his red-faced opponent.
Chester equalised 11 minutes into the second half through Simon Grand and soon after Akwasi Asante put the visitors ahead at the back post.
With the clock ticking and Lynn on the verge of losing their unbeaten home record, up stepped Marriott to score his 13th goal of the season. A ball from the right found the Lynn striker in the box and his superb touch and finish sent the home crowd wild.
Marriott nearly completed his hat-trick but fired into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.
Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse was pleased with how his team raised their game against their illustrious visitors and said: “We had to go to another level. Chester had good shape, were strong and well-drilled, but I thought we were excellent and moved the ball about really well.
“The second half became a battle for us as they stepped it up another gear but I’m proud of my players.
“I thought Ross (Barrows) was magnificent for us an emergency centre-half.”
Lynn are back on their travels tomorrow when they go to Nantwich Town in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.
λ Lynn u18s are on their way to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town after a 4-3 win at Hitchin Town in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday.