King's Lynn Town's main marksman Adam Marriott eager to see club's hard work in 2019/20 rewarded by promotion
It has been a season to remember for King’s Lynn Town striker Adam Marriott – both individually and collectively – and the Red Lodge-based sharpshooter would be ‘very disappointed’ were it to be expunged from the record books.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic bringing all football to a halt last month, no player in England’s top six divisions could better the forward’s return of 28 league goals.
That form has been a major factor in The Linnets taking the National League North by storm this term. And while they had wobbled slightly before the shutdown, promotion to the highest tier of non-league football remained firmly in their hands.
The National League clubs have voted in favour of ending proceedings now, with the next step being to decide how best to determine the final standings.
A points-per-game scenario may see Brandon-raised Marriott’s side promoted as champions, but the fear is the null and void method will be deployed – just as it was at Steps 3-7 – which would wipe 2019/20 from history.
“It is all up in the air at the moment and everyone is guessing a little bit,” said the ex- Mildenhall College Academy pupil.
“Obviously we are hoping for points-per-game because that would see us promoted.
“The leagues below have gone the other way and that just seems a bit unfair.
“We have spent a lot of time away from our families this season travelling up and down the country, and I cannot see any fairness in scrapping all of that at this stage.
“I would be very disappointed (if that happened). I would obviously lose all of the goals, but I am not looking at it selfishly like that. The club has come a long way and we deserve it.
“Nobody thought we would be in this position – most people thought we would go down.
“It is a great club with brilliant people working behind the scenes as volunteers. It would be fitting for them if we went up.”
Marriott turned 29 earlier this month – an age at which strikers are widely regarded to be at the peak of their powers.
It is a theory that the ex-Cambridge United, Lincoln City and Stevenage frontman buys into, having implemented new measures in recent years to bring out the best in himself.
“The older you get, you realise what it takes to get the best out of yourself. You learn what you are good at and what your weaknesses are,” he added.
“When I was younger I probably took my ability for granted a little bit. Back then I used to think things would just happen.
“Now I look after my body better. I do plenty of extra bits, I work with a personal trainer and I am not missing many games through injury – all of that has contributed to me doing well this season.
“I have always been confident I will score goals for whoever I play for – that is the way I am.
“I hadn’t scored in six before football stopped and that has annoyed me – probably more than how pleased I have been with the goals I have scored. I had such a good start and set high standards, I just wanted to keep that going.
“It also helps the style of football we play at Lynn. We like to get the ball down and that suits me because I am always looking to get involved.”
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