FOOTBALL: Just for once this season everything aligned correctly for the club on Saturday.
The sun was shining brightly on The Walks as we waved a fond farewell to club stalwarts Ryan Jarvis and Michael Gash, as well as our maiden National League campaign.
There is only one place to begin this final Walks Talk of the season and that is with the departing duo who have played a huge part in putting the club at the level it finds itself at now.
When they arrived at The Walks, within a few months of each other in 2017, I don’t think anyone could have guessed the impact both would have on the seasons that were to follow.
Lynn had endured a year or two of mediocre league campaigns, mixed with some success in national cup competitions but, with Ian Culverhouse at the helm for his first full season, there was a sense of optimism that things were about to change for the better.
Jarvis was recruited in the summer from Lowestoft Town and Gash followed early in that season following a serious knee injury that had seen him out of action for a year.
Both signings were masterstrokes. Jarvis, the rock in midfield with an eye for a pass, and Gash, the combative, aggressive forward who you love to have in your team (or hate if he’s playing against you!) settled straight away into life at the club and played their parts brilliantly in producing memorable afternoons as the club’s stock rose to the heady levels we now find ourselves at.
The pivotal part played by the pair will never be forgotten so I thought it fitting that the announcement last Thursday afternoon was made so that supporters were able to come along for one final time and salute two club mainstays two days later.
The applause told you all you needed to know and the sight of both men, along with their families being acknowledged in front of the Main Stand, provided another memorable moment to the large collection already gathered.
Both were unable to give full commitment to the model the club will be adopting next season and once that was clear it was obvious what would happen.
However, both have indicated that they have no intention of hanging up their boots just yet and I am sure their phones will be ringing madly over the next few weeks with offers from other clubs wanting their services.
Thank you both for all of the memories and good times you have provided for the club and best wishes for the next chapters of your playing careers.