FOOTBALL: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much vaunted ‘road map’ plan to begin the slow lifting of lockdown measures has been received in a mostly good way from what I can gauge from comments made following Monday’s announcements, writes Mark Hearle.
I don’t think Johnson and his cabinet have performed well in this pandemic as a whole with somewhat of a knee jerk reaction to many of the flash points that have occurred over the last year.
However, I believe that this time he and his advisors are about right in plotting the best way to leave the latest restrictions in a measured way.
The two central points of interest from a football point of view related to the restart of grassroots football in late March and the re-opening of sporting stadiums to limited numbers beginning in May.
I was pleased to see the green light given to the commencement of football for our u21 side along with the ladies and all of our other teams that fit in between them.
I know that from speaking with coaches and members of some of the teams, some have found the restrictions we have been living under difficult to cope with and will be pleased to get back out to at least some training, if not competitive games.
The Football Association has decided to call a halt to the season for clubs at levels 3-6, which have been suspended since December.
The re-opening of stadiums at the end of May was about where I thought it would be on the plan. The upshot of that would mean that if we are still playing at that stage, Lynn would be able to host Aldershot on the scheduled final day of the National League season.
That would all be dependent though on the virus still being under control and the restrictions lifted.
With the caution that is being taken, I am slightly surprised that the government has offered to host all of the Euro 2020 football championships, held over from last summer, after the initial plan was to hold it across 12 countries.
I will park that plan for now but I can only imagine the logistics involved.
Finally, I must mention the superb 5-1 success recorded over Barnet on Tuesday evening.
The match proved that the team can live with the others at this level and, to be honest, this kind of result had been coming for some time on the back of some recent very good displays where we hadn’t always gained what we had deserved.
I am sure that we will be able to carry all that added confidence into tomorrow’s big game with Weymouth.
If it is to be our last game of the season then let’s make sure that we go out with a real bang!
Gash’s double gives Linnets a lifeline
FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town thrashed Barnet 5-1 at The Walks on Tuesday to secure a first National League double, writes Lewis Hawkins.
The Linnets had already beaten the former Football League side 2-0 in London and an explosive first half saw Michael Gash score a brace in the opening 20 minutes to set the hosts on their way.
His first was a tap in after an excellent run from Cameron King, which allowed him to cut the ball across goal for Gash to put the Linnets ahead.
The second was a bullet header from Alex Kiwomya’s cross.
The dominant Linnets were pulled back when goalkeeper Scott Loach sent a ball through the middle for JJ Hooper to pull one back for the Bees.
The second half was more of the same as Lynn starved Barnet of the ball and constantly pressed high up the pitch.
A third home goal came when King fired in a powerful strike from close range.
That looked to be the scoring over for the evening but the Linnets kept pushing and were rewarded with two more goals in the closing stages.
Dayle Southwell struck after 89 minutes and Adam Marriott bagged another just before the final whistle.
The three points lifted Lynn out of the bottom three and they need to avoid defeat tomorrow to stay above visitors Weymouth
The Dorset team come into the match on the back of a 3-1 defeat to regional rivals Yeovil Town.
A win for Lynn would see them move on to 25 points, five more than Weymouth with three games in hand.