Building blocks being laid by King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse as run of home games begin
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Three home games in quick succession begin for King's Lynn Town today, as Ian Culverhouse continues laying the building blocks for next season.
The new Linnets boss saw his side edge past Norwich United in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals in midweek, winning on penalties after a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
While that has teed up a Carrow Road final against Fakenham to look forward to the Norwich City legend has his eyes on the future, after succeeding long-serving boss Gary Setchell last month.
Lynn go in search of a third league win in a row this afternoon when they host Basingstoke, the team just two points behind them in 13th place in the Southern Premier Division table.
“Again it will be some of the youngsters coming through from the reserves, a mixed squad again, and it’s about looking at everyone as much as we can,” Culverhouse said.
“We’ll probably largely go with what we’ve got (for the rest of the season), maybe bring one or two in but I don’t want to fill it with loans, I want to give the kids a fair chance, to build a squad and be a part of the squad next season.”
After today’s clash with Basingstoke, the Linnets welcome two teams in the bottom half of the table next week, local rivals St Neots Town on Tuesday and Dunstable next Saturday.
After a dominant performance lacking in goals against Norwich United in midweek, Culverhouse hopes to see his side be more ruthless in front of goal.
“The 90 minutes were pleasing but I’m a bit disappointed that we conceded from a restart,” the former Norwich and Aston Villa assistant manager said, after seeing his team concede from a late corner on Tuesday.
“We need to make sure we’re up for them, because if we don’t concede from restarts next year then we’ll go up for sure, so the organisation has got to be a bit better there.
“It was pleasing, we created a couple of good chances, we unfortunately didn’t take them and that’s something we’ve got to look at as well for next year.”
The Linnets will be without goalkeeper Alex Street this afternoon, following his red card in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Cinderford, leaving reserve goalkeepers Charlie Congreve and Luke Pearson to vie for the keeper’s gloves.