King’s Lynn Town 1 Slough Town 2: Departing manager Culverhouse predicts bright future at The Walks

PUBLISHED: 21:13 07 May 2018 | UPDATED: 23:29 07 May 2018

King's Lynn Town players Ryan Fryatt (left) and Tom Ward following the final whistle.
 Picture: Sonya Duncan
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King's Lynn Town players Ryan Fryatt (left) and Tom Ward following the final whistle. Picture: Sonya Duncan .

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Ian Culverhouse waved goodbye to King’s Lynn Town – and promotion – last night, insisting the club is big enough to play at a higher level.

It's over - King's Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse comforts Leon Mettam following the defeat to Slough. Picture: Sonya Duncan. It's over - King's Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse comforts Leon Mettam following the defeat to Slough. Picture: Sonya Duncan.

Lynn’s 2-1 home defeat by Slough under a roasting Bank Holiday sun was Culverhouse’s final game in charge at The Walks.

“I think this club can go up,” said Culverhouse. “It should go up and it deserves to go up - but it is someone else’s ship to sail.”

It was a sad ending to a season which promised so much as Lynn finished second to Southern Premier League champions Hereford but delivered, when it needed to most, so little.

Toby Hilliard put Lynn ahead but Slough equalised just before half-time and got a winner with just a minute remaining, to break the hearts of most of the 2,842 crowd and send the visitors into the National League set-up.

“I just don’t think we played, really,” said the former Norwich City player and assistant manager. “We got caught up in playing a little bit too long. We don’t play that way, we play. It could be the heat or the occasion got to us - we didn’t play our usual stuff.

“But the boys have been magnificent. What a season they have had, and to fall just short is heartbreaking for them. I really do feel for them. But I just said to them, they have nothing to be sorry about, they have done this club proud, from what we have worked with budget-wise and things, to be where we are we have been superb.”

Culverhouse leaves The Walks after a breakdown of his relationship with club owner Stephen Cleeve, having handed in his notice in January. Even had Lynn won yesterday, there was no turning back, although Culverhouse declined to comment on exactly why he decided to leave.

“No, is the diplomatic answer to that,” he said. “I have enjoyed being with these players, every Monday and Thursday they have turned up and given everything in the training session and in games they have been outstanding in what they have achieved this year. But there is too much baggage.

“I handed my notice in in January. It was always that. The club always knew that, nothing changes.

“Now I need a job, I am unemployed and I will be looking to see who is available and trying to get an interview somewhere.”

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