King’s Lynn Town v Weymouth: Final push needed as Linnets look for their just rewards

PUBLISHED: 13:24 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:19 01 May 2018

Craig Parker reacts after a clash of heads during the match at Weymouth
 in October. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images Ltd

Craig Parker reacts after a clash of heads during the match at Weymouth in October. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images Ltd

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King’s Lynn Town have, as acknowledged many times by their manager, given everything for the cause this season.

Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse busy taking notes during the game at Weymouth. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images LtdLynn boss Ian Culverhouse busy taking notes during the game at Weymouth. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images Ltd

Half a century of league and cup games has seen them on the verge of their target – promotion to the National League set-up.

The Linnets finished second only to Phoenix club Hereford, whose full-time staff and big home crowds – a hangover from their Football League days – made them everyone’s favourites for the title. That Lynn doubled the Bulls this season shows just how good a team manager Ian Culverhouse has put together – but they need one last push, one last big effort to get across the line. Standing in their way are Weymouth, on Wednesday night, and – hopefully – Slough or Kettering on Bank Holiday Monday. The reward, a return to a level they have reached just once, back in 2008-09 in their previous guise as simply King’s Lynn FC.

Lynn finished three places and three points ahead of Weymouth – negligible in a play-off semi-final – but took only one point off the south coast side this season, making them their most difficult opponents.

“They are a good team,” Lynn’s Craig Parker told the club’s official website. “However, so are we and we always feel confident of winning games whenever and whoever we face. Our aim when I joined the club in the summer was to make the play-offs, and we have now done that.

Cameron Norman's runs down the right flank are a potent weapon for the Linnets. 
Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images LtdCameron Norman's runs down the right flank are a potent weapon for the Linnets. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images Ltd

“We know now that we need two more wins for promotion and we will be going all out to achieve that, beginning on Wednesday. It was important to gain home advantage for the possibility of both games and now we have done that we must take advantage of it.”

With a big home crowd behind them, Lynn should be favourites for tonight’s shoot-out, as Weymouth boss Mark Molesley acknowledged.

“King’s Lynn are a great side,” he said.

“We will probably go into the tie as underdogs a little bit seeing as we finished a little bit lower and they have home advantage. But there is nothing between all of us so it is whoever turns up and performs on the day and our lads will certainly prepare right and work hard.”

Calvin Brooks brings down Lynn's Ryan Hawkins  - but the subsequent penalty was missed by Michael Clunan. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images LtdCalvin Brooks brings down Lynn's Ryan Hawkins - but the subsequent penalty was missed by Michael Clunan. Picture: Geoff Moore/Focus Images Ltd

Kick-off is 7.45pm, gates open at 6pm. If the scores are level at 90 minutes there will be extra-time and penalties if required.

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