Stevenage target Imps’ FA Cup hero

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Stevenage are plotting a raid on King’s Lynn to take FA Cup hero Adam Marriott back to Broadhall Way, as reported by Football Insider.

The 28-year-old has 25 goals in 23 games for King’s Lynn this season as they make an unlikely bid for a place in the National League. His redemption has been steady, having left the Imps at the end of the 2016/17 season to ply his trade with Royston Town.

“After thinking long and hard about what’s best for my future, I’ve decided to leave Lincoln City,” he said at the time. “I’d like to thank all the staff, my teammates and fans for the unforgettable season last year and the memories we all made. I wish the club all the best for the upcoming season. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for me.”

After impressing with Royston he earned a move to Boston United but fell foul of manager Craig Elliott’s early purge on former Lincoln players. That took him to north Norfolk, where he’s been a revelation.

Marriott would be no stranger to Stevenage, having spent two injury-hit years there after leaving Cambridge City. The likeable forward began his career with Cambridge United and, if he were to return to the Football League, it would be only his second spell after his three goals in 22 outings for Stevenage between 2014 and 2016.

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Marriott was a popular figure at Lincoln, but following a promising start, he injured his shoulder and the spell out meant he was always playing catch up with the rest of the squad.

After that early injury, Danny seemed to hold his player back, with Marriott coming on for cameo roles only, although they were to great effect. Who can forget him coming on to fire City to victory against Tranmere? Or, a couple of days later, coming on with us losing 1-0 to Guiseley and immediately won the penalty that turned the game? Of course, nobody will ever forget what he did next, the sumptuous pass for Nathan Arnold that beat Ipswich 1-0 in the FA Cup third-round replay.

He still found it hard to break into the side, and when he did start he often struggled to make the same impact he had from the bench. He always showed glimpses of his unbelievable quality, and he created one of the enduring images towards the end of the season. His shot created the rebound for Harry Anderson to equalise late into the match with Torquay, and moments later he was fouled for the free-kick which led to Sam Habergham’s goal.

It was one of the few disappointment’s of Danny’s reign that Adam didn’t decide to stay with us for another year and personally, we’re delighted he’s being linked with another chance at playing League Football; he certainly has the talent.

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4 Comments

  1. I think you are being unfair on Kings Lynn who sit top of National League North, 4 points clear of York with a game in hand and stuffed Boston away 3-0 recently. The 3rd team are 10 points away.
    My local team Chippenham Town had to play there when they were both in the old Southern League and they regularly had crowds over 1000 for home matches and were a good side.

    • Some players seem to be very comfortable at a certain level…. look at Lincoln City with the likes of Akinde in League One… came to Lincoln at the age of 29 having not played much higher than with Barnet in the lower reaches of League 2. Marriot lacked the physicality of National League hence him generally finding himself on the bench! Bottom line …. every player has his level National League probably the tops for Adam Marriott….

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