Vauxhall Motors 1Kings Lynn 3
THEY were depleted by injuries and well beaten by a visiting team – but nothing could take the shine off the end of Motors’ greatest league season.
The closing weeks of the campaign have left the Motormen a shadow of their best, as a small squad missed key players through injury and the results dried up.
But their impressive form until then – specifically two long unbeaten runs – helped them finish 11th, four places higher than their previous best of 15th, achieved in both 2003-04 and 2006-07.
Kings Lynn were in defiant mood on Saturday after being told midweek they would be demoted as their ground did not meet league requirements.
Motors bore the brunt of their frustration as their visitors took the lead after just two minutes, Adam Smith taking advantage of some poor defending to race through and place the ball beyond keeper James Coates, who was awarded this season’s supporters’ player of the season award.
Vauxhall immediately pressed for an equaliser.
Skipper and players’ player of the season Mattie Burke tried his luck from 20 yards out but his shot went just over, then manager’s player of the year Chris Noone crossed in for Lee Furlong.
As he slid towards goal the referee spotted a handball and awarded a free-kick to King’s Lynn.
On 35 minutes the Motormen got their equaliser.
Furlong made his way down the right and whipped in a great cross for strike partner Karl Noon to head home from close range for his 12th goal of the season.
But just before half-time Motors lost two influential players, Tom Field and Noone, to injury, forcing a rare substitute appearance for player-manager Carl Macauley.
A minute later and King’s Lynn had restored their lead, Jack Defty left unmarked to head home from four yards.
After the break the game wound down with Kings Lynn scoring their third in the 75th minute, substitute Ross Kelly rifling home a left foot shot from eight-yards out giving the outstretched Coates no chance.
Vauxhall: Coates, Noone (Egerton 39) Dames, Hannigan, Griffiths, Holmes, Holden, Burke, Noon, Field (Macauley 41), Furlong.