Bury Town suffered a heavy defeat in their opening pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening at the Denny Bros Stadium against King's Lynn Town, with Adam Marriott doing the damage with a first half hat-trick.
The Blues welcomed a side two divisions above them for their first outing and gulf in class showed as they took the lead in the 8th minute with Marriott converting a Chris Henderson cross.
By the 36th minute, Marriott had added another two goals, the first a header and the second slotting past new Blues 'keeper Daniel Barden and Tony Hillard made it 4-0 before half time.
Lynn made changes at half time, and Ben Chenery also introduced some new faces, and the highlight of the match for the home side was a stunning strike by trialist Cruise Nyadzayo which made it 4-1, but the final goal of the game when the way of the Linnets through Natty Stewart who rounded off a 5-1 win for his side.
Ben Chenery had to say afterward "It was a very difficult game, as we knew it would be, but it was good to test ourselves against a side two divisions higher. We won't come up against strikers as good as they had tonight in our league fixtures, but it gave me a chance to look at some different options and a couple of trailists"
A Bury Town XI are also in action this evening when they travel to Recreation Way to take on Thurlow Nunn League side Mildenhall Town, kick off 7:45pm.