FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town put the 10 men of play-off chasing Spennymoor Town to the sword in front of a bumper crowd at The Walks on Saturday, writes Chris Milsom.
National North leaders Lynn, were missing the suspended Ryan Jarvis and the injured Sam Kelly from the team that won at Boston United on New Year’s Day and things got worse when centre back Rory McAuley picked up a knock on his ankle in the pre-match warm-up.
The game turned on its head after 15 minutes when visiting defender Stephen Brogan was sent off for hauling down Chris Henderson.
Sonny Carey should have opened the scoring as the clock approached 45 minutes but the young midfielder’s sliding effort inside the area cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety.
But it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken. Aaron Jones’ ball in from the right caused havoc inside the six-yard box and Matt Gould spilled the ball under pressure from Adam Marriott, allowing Ross Barrows to turn it home.
Nathan Fox added his name to the growing Linnets injury list and had to be replaced by Ryan Hawkins in the 62nd minute.
From the restart Marriott doubled Lynn’s lead. He picked up the scraps inside the Spennymoor area and curled the ball home via a post.
Marriott doubled his tally to complete the 3-0 win after Carey chased what looked to be a lost cause near the corner flag. But he won the race and his ball into the box found Marriott, whose touch and finish was sensational, sending the majority of the 1,439 crowd into raptures.
Assistant manager Paul Bastock admitted manager Ian Culverhouse and he had been worried ahead of the game by the problems likely to be posed by the County Durham visitors.
“We had a lot of concerns before the game because they had given us the run around at their place,” he said. “Our plans weren’t helped with losing Rory in the
warm-up. But our players just keep on giving.
“The sending-off was a massive change, as it gave us the chance to move the ball around a little bit more.
“Their probing and the movement are astonishing. When you have players like Michael Gash running back and defending for you, it’s a great team effort.”
The Linnets take a break from league action tomorrow when they travel to National League strugglers Ebbsfleet United in the FA Trophy, 3pm. They are second bottom of the table.
Linnets dig in to romp on