FOOTBALL: There were plenty of positives for King’s Lynn Town manager Adam Lakeland after his side held high-flying Chester to a goalless draw at The Walks on Saturday.
It was Lynn’s first clean sheet in seven games, but they remain in the bottom four of the National League North standings heading into tomorrow’s trip to Gloucester City.
The Linnets will need to find their shooting boots against the Tigers who find themselves a point behind Lakeland’s side in the league standings with a game in hand.
Reflecting on the draw with Chester, Lakeland said: “I think in the context of things and off the back of the week we’ve had, it’s an excellent point for us against a very good team who have lots of good players
“They’re flying at the minute, had a great win during the week at Chorley, which is probably one of the hardest places to go.
“We spoke on Thursday and Friday about being solid, being organised, horrible and just showing everybody that we’re up for a scrap, and I thought the lads did that tremendously well today in a game a very few chances.
“It was a game of very few chances – lack of quality. I felt we had the best chance in the game.
“I know Jonah’s made a great save down to his left, a bit of a deflected shot, but I felt Greg Taylor’s chance was the best chance in the game and their keeper made a save. I think we were well worthy of a point and that gives us something to build on now.”
Lakeland added: “It was about getting our way through sections of the game today.
“I think in recent games where we’ve conceded a goal and we’ve suffered a bit of adversity out there, we’ve allowed it to affect us for probably the next five to 10 minutes of the game and then we’ve conceded another quick fire goal and then the mountain is even bigger.
“We’ve spoken about being solid, being organised, giving nothing away and being a real compact unit and I felt second half we had a little bit more of an attacking threat than we did in the first half.”
The Linnets boss was full of praise for his assistant Sam Walker who put a calf problem behind him to play his first football for a number of months.
“He’s had an issue with his calf, it’s a bit of a strange one,” revealed Lakeland.
“He trains and he feels fine and then sometimes he’ll just tighten up.
“It just tightened up a little bit there, but to be fair the game was tough and the pitch was getting heavy and he’s got through a massive chunk of it.
“I thought that Cameron (Hargreaves) and George (Morrison) playing in there, they looked a lot better probably for having an older head in there with them but he just sets standards and he’s a leader of men.
“We’ll just have to get him right again this week and see. I think there be certain games where we have to use him and I think there’ll be other games that might not be as suited to him, but he was great today.”
King’s Lynn Town: Jones, Ronan, McFadden, Coulson, Taylor, Hargeaves, Walker (Castro 75), Morrison, Crowe, Devonport (Hughes 89), Cybulski (Margretts 78). Unused subs: Rogers, Dixon-Hodge.