Marriott: It's time for Linnets to kick on after shaky start to campaign
Adam Marriott is convinced King's Lynn Town are close to turning a corner and re-establishing themselves as a force in the league.
The striker has scored two in three appearances since his arrival from Boston United last month, although his goal against Buxton on Tuesday was a mere consolation at the Linnet made a disappointing 2-1 home exit from the FA trophy.
It means the Linnets’ interest in the two major knockout competitions is over, leaving the focus on climbing from 15th in the Southern Leaguer Central Premier Division table – a full 12 points behind leaders Kettering.
Marriott believes the top half is a more than reasonable target for Lynn.
“You have got to work hard and keep nicking results,” he said. “We want to get as many wins as possible – we are in a bit of a difficult situation in the table and we need to get up the league. We are too good not to be in the top half at least. We just have to grind our way through it and hopefully get three points Saturday.”
Lynn head to Alvechurch on Saturday, with another new signing, Chris Henderson, likely to feature after missing the Trophy game.
“He (Henderson) has been playing well, but there are others in the team who are capable, who have been here last season and did very well last season, so there are no excuses,” said Marriott. “We are good enough to put in performances and we didn’t quite hit the levels tonight (against Buxton).”
Marriott’s first goal for Lynn was in a 5-1 away demolition of Leiston – evidence, he suggests, that backs up his claim that Lynn have it in their locker to make an impression on the league table.
“We have lost a game of football and we are accountable,” he said. ”We have got to do better really. We have been training well, we just need to turn draws and defeats into wins. It is easier said than done - we just need to keep working hard and get there.
“A couple of weeks ago at Leiston we ran riot and it could have been more than five to be fair, so at the end of the day, it is not far away, but we need to put two or three wins together. Some of the boys are still getting to know us and how we play – it will take a bit of time, but hopefully Saturday we get a win.”