FOOTBALL: An incredible first-half at Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday left King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse wondering which sport he was watching.
The Linnets twice came from behind to go in all square at the interval before stepping up a gear after the break to win 4-2 and move into second place in National League North.
Culverhouse said he was proud of how his players bounced back from Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Altrincham but was concerned about a gung-ho first half showing in Worcestershire.
“It was a bit like a basketball game,” he said. “It was end-to-end and it looked like whoever got the ball into the area was going to score.”
Lynn fell behind after six minutes when Ashley Hemmings opened the scoring. Chris Henderson levelled things 10 minutes later after a good cross from Aaron Jones.
A 22nd-minute strike from Richard Peniket restored the home lead before Lynn made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time when Rory McAuley headed home from Michael Clunan’s corner.
Culverhouse said the half-time interval had given him the chance to remind his team they needed to play ‘ugly’ and get the basics right before playing their trademark neat football.
“We needed to get closer to them, get our tackles and blocks in and that’s what we did in the second half,” he explained.
“I was so proud of the boys. To go there on a Tuesday evening and get a win after being at work all day. It was a big ask of people who are part-timers.”
The second half saw Lynn thwart the attacking threat of the home side and they went on to dominate.
Adam Marriott’s 16th goal of the season put Lynn ahead for the first time after 51 minutes and there was also time for a collectors’ item. With 20 minutes left Ryan Jarvis popped up to poke home a rare goal through a crowded area to seal the points.
Saturday’s match at The Walks saw Altrincham snatch a share of the spoils in stoppage time.
The Linnets led 2-1 after 90 minutes thanks to a brace from Marriott but Jake Moults made the most of the added time to grab a last-gasp leveller after Josh Hancock had earlier kept the Cheshire team in the game.
Lynn travel to bottom-of-the-table Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow, 3pm, and Culverhouse is expecting a tough game but hopes to have at least one new signing in his injury-hit squad.