FOOTBALL: Walking through the Walks following the Linnets’ heavy defeat to Wrexham last weekend I came within earshot of a conversation, writes Mark Hearle.
It was between, shall I say, two seasoned Lynn supporters, discussing the action they had just witnessed.
“I wouldn’t want to be the manager, or the chairman for that matter, just what on earth are they going to do to sort this out,” said one to the other.
“I have no idea. Good luck to them with that!” came the reply.
Hopefully, said chairman, Stephen Cleeve, and manager, Ian Culverhouse, do have an idea as to what can be done to stop the rot quickly and get the Linnets away from the relegation place they are now occupying.
All Lynn fans will be hoping this is indeed the case and the two men who have overseen some of Town’s greatest moments in recent years can pull something out of the bag to rival any of the two promotions the pair have achieved.
From what I have heard, read and seen, Saturday’s match was Lynn’s story of the season so far, neatly wrapped up in 90 minutes. In the first half, the home team just about shaded it, taking the lead through captain Michael Clunan.
On the subject of Michael, it’s worth a mention of the form he is currently in. I thought he was superb at the weekend and, by all accounts, has been for most of the season.
The Linnets will need him to maintain that form in the coming months if they are to improve their current position.
Wrexham found an equaliser before the break but the crowd of almost 1,500 had little idea that the following 45 minutes would see the visitors hit a further five goals.
Wrexham were good, without question, but some of the home defending was a little like Santa handing out early Christmas gifts. You simply cannot be doing that kind of thing at this level of football.
The Linnets will point to the loss of defenders Kyle McFadden and Pierce Bird to injury, which didn’t help the home cause although the former’s comments following the game that he and his fellow team mates need to start taking responsibility during games was telling.
Once the players cross the white line it is down to them to put into practice what the manager has drilled into them on the training pitch. It must be so frustrating being a manager!
Lynn played some decent football in patches and created some chances but again were unable to make the most of those good spells.
In Paul Mullin, Wrexham have a striker who came from Cambridge United in the summer, having scored 30 goals for the U’s last season.
He is a Football League striker playing in the National League. For me on Saturday, he was the difference between the two teams. He’s a clever player, not overly pacy, but cute and brings his team mates into play and, most importantly, is aware of where the goal is.
What would the Linnets give to have someone of that class in their ranks ahead of tomorrow’s visit to high flyers Bromley and Tuesday’s trip to Stockport County?
Lynn are desperate for a change of luck, and need it sooner rather than later, in their battle at the wrong end of the table.
A shrewd bit of business
FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town have dispensed with the services of two of their strikers in the past week.
Junior Morias and Joe Taylor have gone to Dagenham & Redbridge and Peterborough United respectively.
Morias was disappointing in the short time he was at The Walks. After being sent off on his debut in the season opener against Southend United, which resulted in a suspension, he picked up an injury from which he has only recently recovered.
No one can question the player’s commitment and passion. However, if you’re a striker and are not doing what you should be in the opposition’s box you will come under pressure.
One plus for the Linnets is that it was reported he signed for the Daggers in ‘a five-figure deal’, with an assurance from the chairman that his wages could be used for a new player.
It looks a shrewd piece of business from Mr Cleeve if he has managed to obtain a decent fee for a player so out of form.
Like many others, however, I was disappointed to see Taylor leave, albeit signing for a Championship side.
Of course I understand the player wishing to further his career and move up the ranks but I think it would have been better for the youngster to continue his football education at The Walks until, at least, the end of the season.
I understand the player was unhappy not to have been involved with the first team squad last season when some of his fellow u21 colleagues were and felt that a move away was best.
Taylor had been in outstanding form for Wroxham early this season, the club the Linnets loaned him to.
Peterborough also paid an undisclosed fee for his services and I wish him well in his future career. He is a young man with a very bright future ahead of him.