FOOTBALL: With the cluster of new faces arriving at The Walks over the past few weeks, it came as little surprise to some that two have gone the other way, writes Mark Hearle.
Adam Marriott departed for rivals Eastleigh on Thursday, with the popular striker’s current deal with the Linnets due to expire at the end of the season.
It is Marriott’s goals over the two previous seasons that propelled Lynn on to the fabulous promotions we have all enjoyed.
It would be fair to say that a mixture of situations have taken the edge away from his season. He was placed on furlough a few weeks ago so hasn’t had the chance to shine in the way we are all accustomed to.
He will, of course, always be held in high esteem by all Linnets supporters for his goal scoring exploits over his three years at the club – 65 goals in 99 matches is quite a record.
Add to that the importance of some of those goals – the penalty in the pressure cooker atmosphere of Warrington and the winning goal in front of a 4,000-strong Walks crowd against title rivals York City in the National League North – will always be my stand-out moments.
The other departure, and as it turned out the one that attracted much more comment, was of fellow striker Kairo Mitchell, to last weekend’s opponents Chesterfield.
Kairo arrived in October from Dartford as cover for Michael Gash, who was ill at the time.
Since then he has blossomed into a regular starter and weighed in with a goal or two.
The interest from the Spireites did come as a little bit of a surprise to me but, as has been mentioned in this column a few times, there are some clubs who have a much bigger financial clout than others in the National League. They will always be in a position to prise away a prized asset or two from those who are not quite as big.
The transfer fee the club received was of a good size. A figure has been quoted elsewhere but I won’t say what it actually was because the clubs agreed to say the fee was to remain undisclosed.
The departure provoked a fierce debate among supporters who questioned if it was the right decision for the club to sell Kairo at this time, especially in light of the departure 24 hours earlier of Marriott.
However, in my view it probably is the right thing at this time for all parties.
The chance for Kairo to go to an established full-time team, train daily and be involved in a promotion push as well as, I assume, a financial package that would prove impossible for the player to turn down.
From Lynn’s point of view, a player who arrived for nothing six-or-so months ago to be the subject of interest with a transfer fee has to be considered, with or without the economic climate we find ourselves in at present.
As a side note, the deal was a bit of a slow burner and the paperwork wasn’t lodged with the FA and league until Saturday morning.
On receiving that news, both clubs agreed to a joint announcement of the deal on Monday morning. Yours truly thought that was it on the subject. However, the best laid plans do not always work out and on arrival at the ground on Saturday I was told that Kairo was travelling to the ground, along with his new team mates, to watch the afternoon’s action – complete with newly given Chesterfield tracksuit!
After some frantic telephone calls and deliberation, the decision was made to do a joint announcement of the deal just 90 minutes ahead of kick-off, with the player reverting to a league kit suppliers tracksuit for good measure!
The confirmation that the relevant paperwork had indeed been completed came on Monday and was rather an anti-climax to the dramas of 48 hours previous.
Finally this week, we have been holding trials over three nights for youngsters to become part of the club’s future. More than 300 excited youngsters, accompanied by a proud parent (due to current restrictions), have been put through their paces by our coaches to see if they have what it takes to become part of our set-up.
We were genuinely amazed by the turnout and response and thank everyone who has been along in the past week.
Rooney’s strike smashes Linnets hopes
FOOTBALL: John Rooney’s screamer helped sink King’s Lynn Town 4-0 at Stockport County on Tuesday, writes Lewis Hawkins.
The Linnets fell behind to an early goal from Alex Reid but then dominated possession. However, they struggled to break down their play-off hopeful hosts but were still in the contest until Rooney’s spectacular 30-yard effort after 65 minutes.
New Lynn signing Alex Babos had an effort deflected over the bar and an appeal for a penalty after a foul on Michael Gash went unanswered.
Stockport did get a penalty but Theo Richardson made a smart save from Rooney just before the second goal from the brother of Wayne.
After that it went downhill for Lynn with former Championship striker Paddy Madden heading in two more goals.
That was Lynn’s second defeat in four days, following Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Chesterfield.
Sonny Carey gave the Linnets the half-time lead with a stunning free-kick but two goals in little over a minute midway through the second half stung the hosts.
Tomorrow, Lynn travel to Yorkshire to take on FC Halifax Town, who also suffered a 4-0 defeat in midweek. The game kicks off at 12.15pm and will be broadcast live on BT Sport.