FOOTBALL: An emotional end to King’s Lynn Town’s first season at the pinnacle of non-League football brought an eight-goal thriller and guards of honour for club ‘legends’ Michael Gash and Ryan Jarvis.
Both are leaving the club after four-year stints saw them play major parts in securing back-to-back promotions into the National League.
Gash was given the captain’s armband for his final appearance but Jarvis was not fit to feature in the matchday squad.
Visitors Aldershot Town, however, did not read the script and rushed into a two-goal lead. Toby Edser opened the scoring after 20 minutes before a poor pass from Michael Clunan allowed Chike Kandi to get the second.
The Linnets responded before the break when Ross Barrows played a ball over the top for Gash, who superbly lobbed the ball over Mitch Walker to mark his farewell with a goal.
Lynn pulled level on the hour mark when Michael Gyasi was brought down in the box and Simeon Jackson buried the penalty into the back of the net.
Aldershot made an instant reply with Kodi Lyons-Foster regaining the lead only for Jackson to whip in another equaliser with a fierce strike from a tight angle.
When Lyons-Foster made it 4-3 to the visitors it looked grim for the Linnets but, in fitting fashion to their rollercoaster of a season, there was a final twist as Tai Fleming leaped highest at a corner to head in a stoppage time equaliser.
That goal secured the point Lynn needed to avoid finishing bottom of the truncated final table and gave fans and management hope for next season when they will be back to something more like full strength, without the handicap of coping with lockdowns.
With the dust still to settle on the bizarre 2020/21 season, Lynn revealed their third signing for the next campaign with former Portsmouth and Norwich City goalkeeper Paul Jones joining the club. The Norwich-based 34-year-old was most recently at Sheffield Wednesday before being released last summer.
He joins Ethan Coleman and Munashe Sundire in the new-look 2021/22 squad.
Another twist in the tail arrived during the week when the club suspended defender Rory McAuley.
He had been charged with conspiracy to supply a class-A drug and being in possession of criminal property and will not be allowed to take part in any football activities at the club until further notice. He is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on June 14
The 31-year-old, who joined Lynn from Lowestoft Town in 2018, has made 103 appearances for the club.