FOOTBALL: Proud manager Ian Culverhouse remains in awe of how well his King’s Lynn Town team have taken to life in National League North, writes Chris Milsom.
The Linnets remain ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the table, despite many of their rivals boasting full-time set-ups.
Adam Marriott’s 22nd goal of the season secured a 1-0 win over Gateshead at The Walks on Saturday and Culverhouse said: “What we are doing at the moment is unbelievable. To go toe-to-toe with a good side and come out the other side with three points is magnificent and I couldn’t be any prouder of them.
“Gateshead were a good side. They came with a good game plan and it took us a while to grind them down.”
The visitors started the game the brighter with JJ O’Donnell and Josh Kayode causing problems for the Linnets defence.
The home side found many of their attacks stifled by some strong defending.
Chances were at a premium in the opening half but Marriott did have the ball in the net in the 35th minute. Michael Clunan hassled goalkeeper Brad James into an error before playing in Lynn’s top scorer but the referee deemed the Lynn captain won the ball unfairly and ruled it out.
A double change in the 68th minute saw the introduction of Sam Kelly and Sonny Carey and that proved to be a master stroke by Culverhouse.
Within seconds of coming on, the two substitutes combined with Kelly’s through ball releasing Carey and shot flashed across the face of goal.
Five minutes later Kelly’s chipped ball into the Gateshead box found the lurking Marriott and he made no mistake.
Gateshead piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser and a minute from time they thought they had it when the ball was forced home but it was disallowed for a foul on Street.
Culverhouse said: “Sonny and Sam came on and gave us a little bit of life. They played in good areas and Sam’s vision for the goal was superb and the finish from Mazza (Marriott) was sublime.”
Lynn face another North-East team tomorrow when Blyth Spartans are the visitors to The Walks, 3pm.
• New turnstiles were put up at the ground on Wednesday, to complete National League ground requirements.