FOOTBALL: The Linnets complete their home league campaign tomorrow with Eastleigh providing the final opposition on The Walks turf before they head off to Woking for their penultimate away game on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, writes Mark Hearle.

Make no mistake, things are now getting very close to being finally sorted for Lynn and by next week we should know what kind of road maps Lynn officials will be needing for August.

Indeed we could well have known already, had Bromley not denied Aldershot a win on Tuesday evening with an equalizing goals two minutes before the end of the game. 

That result did leave the equation now very simple: Lynn must win their three remaining games with Eastleigh, Woking and Wealdstone to give themselves any chance of avoiding the drop back down to the National League North.

Meanwhile they also have to hope Aldershot lose their four remaining games with Notts County, Maidenhead, FC Halifax and Wealdstone. 

That midweek result has made tomorrow afternoon’s match a cup final for the Linnets, who just have to go for it in every game and hope for the best elsewhere. 

This isn’t the time to reflect but when the final stats for the season are in, the points dropped by Lynn when in a winning position will make stark reading I’m sure.

Had some of those results stayed in a positive or neutral state Lynn could well be safe already and just playing out the season.

One positive is that through a mixture of sheer determination and hard work they have managed to take the season down to the final three games still with a chance of providing a miracle, something that looked very unlikely in the dark days of mid winter.


Positivity comes from local success

Downham Town (in red) in promotion action against Norwich CBS on Saturday. Picture: Michael Fysh.

FOOTBALL: Regular readers will be aware I always try to put a positive spin on life, particularly of course football and all that goes along with it.

This season at times it’s been a touch difficult for me to keep my side of the bargain while writing my thoughts on King’s Lynn Town who have, for the most part, struggled with life being a National League team for the second successive season.

So today, with the curtain now beginning to lower on another football season, I felt it on only right to pay respect to two of our other local teams, Heacham FC and Downham Town – one has already been crowned champions of their league, gaining promotion to the highest ever level of football in their history, and the other is just 90 minutes away from promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, level 5 of non league football.

Much has been written and said about Heacham Football Club, all of which has been complimentary and most praiseworthy to say the least.

Last weekend the club was presented with the Anglian Combination Premier Division trophy, ahead of their game with Beccles Town, which resulted in another home win for a team who this season have been unstoppable.

One promotion is a fantastic achievement but this is Heacham’s seventh successive promotion.

Everything is put into context nicely really if you go back a decade when the club was playing North West Norfolk league football. 

Obviously the management and players will take great credit for the magnificent achievement, and rightly so, but there is always a team behind a team.

Those of you involved at clubs will know the higher up the levels you go, the more is required of you in terms of facilities and structure, and at Heacham it appears many have pitched in to help them achieve their targets, which has helped create a real community spirit.

I look forward to seeing how they fare in the Thurlow Nunn, Division One North. 

Downham Town will be hoping they will not be meeting Heacham in that particular league come August – and I do not mean that in a nasty way.

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) the team travels to South Norfolk to take on Harleston Town in a play off fixture to decide who will play Thurlow Nunn Premier football next season. 

Downham have also enjoyed an outstanding season in what is a difficult league of workman like outfits who battle week in, week out, in every game they play. They got themselves to the play off final following a hard fought single goal home win over Norwich CBS, watched by an encouraging crowd of almost 200.

I’m sure Downham will need no incentive to win but more than a few will cast their minds back just a couple of seasons ago when, following the first Covid lockdown, the decision was taken to declare the league null and void with Town in a promotion position. 

All connected now have a perfect chance to correct what many see as a wrong from two years ago.

•Linnets match day secretary and stalwart Norman Cesar received the lifetime achievement award at the YLP Local Hero awards.

Norman is one of the most unassuming people I’ve ever met and I think it is wonderful recognition for all the thousands of hours he has given to local sports.