FOOTBALL: If you’re a King’s Lynn Town fan you would have to be quite pleased with a haul of three points from the busy Bank Holiday weekend National League schedule.
To pick up your first points of the season with a terrific win on the road at Yeovil Town would have provided a real tonic for Ian Culverhouse, his players and the club in general.
It hasn’t been an easy few weeks, with a lot going on behind the scenes with staff leaving their posts for a variety of reasons.
Believe me, there is nothing like the team turning in a great performance and picking up a win to refocus everyone to the job in hand and generate a feelgood factor around the place. I must have seen it a hundred times before!
From the reports I have seen we were unlucky to go a goal behind as we were playing much the better football at the time. With the hosts then being reduced to 10 men the emphasis on us to score would have increased.
Ethan Coleman duly stepped up to the challenge and Munashe Sundire scored the winning goal with only a matter of minutes left.
A trip to Yeovil is a real long slog and for about 50 Linnets supporters to make a 10-11 hour round trip to support the team is a very special achievement and true devotion to the cause.
I know they would have been thrilled with the result and that their support would have been much appreciated by every member of the team.
My upcoming work schedule is looking busy so, with that in mind, I took the chance to visit The Walks on Monday to take in the Chesterfield game.
Lynn put in another good shift against a side who are many people’s tips for a real shot at promotion. In the end Lynn had nothing to show for their efforts with a 2-0 reverse.
Lynn were always in the contest when they were a goal behind following an early penalty (which I felt was the correct decision) but when the visitors scored a second following the restart, I could never really see them being able to get themselves a foothold.
I did feel sorry for the manager who had to make do without Joe Rowley, who has been impressive in Town’s early season’s efforts but couldn’t play against his parent club; Malachi Linton, who I felt would have seen some action in the absence of the suspended Junior Morias; and Cameron King, who remains on the sidelines.
King’s continued absence is a huge miss for Culverhouse and his team mates alike. He is an undoubted talent and is among the league’s finest midfield creative talents. All connected with the club will be hoping to see him back in the blue and gold soon. He is a player who does make a difference.
It felt good to be back inside the ground again and to see some old faces and have a little catch up.
The Linnets have another trip south tomorrow to Eastleigh, who have lost both their games to date.
Lynn did the double last season over the Spitfires and with a ‘spy in the camp’ as it were, with Pierce Bird now at Lynn, having been with Eastleigh last term, I fancy Lynn to come back with something.
Heacham are on a real high
FOOTBALL: I felt a line or two was more than in order to mention the outstanding start made by Heacham in their first season in the Anglian Combination’s Premier Division.
They have a 100 per cent record, sitting proudly top of the early-season table, two points clear of Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers with a game in hand.
I know the club sets high standards and always aim for the best they can after achieving numerous promotions in the last few seasons. However, I reckon even they are a little taken aback at their stunning start this season.
The club is well run from top to bottom with a fine set of volunteers in place and, in assistant manager Ross McNeil, have a man who has been involved in football at the highest of levels for many seasons.
Of course the Linnets have also been grateful to Heacham for the use of their facilities for training during the past few months as well as loaning out some players to gain valuable experience at a very good level of football in recent seasons.
If they can continue in this rich vein of form over the coming months then I can see no reason why they will not be challenging for another promotion.
Last Saturday I was keeping an eye on Peterborough Sports’ Southern League game with Stourbridge.
It was mainly to see how former Linnets Michael Gash and Ryan Fryatt are getting on at their new club, having both signed for the Turbines in the summer.
I did have to take several glances at the score updates with it changing on a regular basis with Sports eventually running out winners by an 8-4 margin.
The match must have provided a memorable spectacle for those present, with both Michael and Ryan chipping in with goals.
Like Heacham, they have also made a fine start to the season and top their league by a couple of points.
I think if the opportunity arises this year I will make the trip over and take in a game or two as entertainment appears to be guaranteed!