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Ian Culverhouse eager to keep numbers up for King’s Lynn Town’s promotion bid

PUBLISHED: 12:14 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:14 13 October 2017

Craig Parker and Ryan Hawkins, left, in action during King's Lynn's home win over Hitchin in midweek. Picture: Ian Burt

Craig Parker and Ryan Hawkins, left, in action during King's Lynn's home win over Hitchin in midweek. Picture: Ian Burt

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Ian Culverhouse has called on King’s Lynn fans to keep backing his side’s bid for glory.

The Walks hosted a 1,000-plus crowd in midweek when former Norwich City stars Grant Holt and Simon Lappin made their first appearances since a double signing coup.

It was the highest home crowd since December 2014, when FC United of Manchester came to town. There is little doubt the presence of Holt and Lappin helped boost Tuesday’s crowd, who saw Lynn beat Hitchin Town 2-0 – but with Norwich at home today, the challenge is to keep hold of as many of them as possible.

“I thought the fans were superb in the week,” said manager Ian Culverhouse, ahead of the clash against struggling Kings Langley.

“They stuck with us in the first half and when we rewarded them with the goals in the second half. I know we had some new faces in to see Grant and Simon and I really hope we did enough to make sure they keep coming back to see us play.

“The extra support and noise makes a hell of a difference to the lads I can tell you.”

Lynn will be looking to continue their fine home form, which has helped take them to fourth in the table.

“Our home form has been something I have been very pleased with,” added Culverhouse.

“We have played the six games, winning five of them, scoring 13 goals and conceding only one in the process – you really cannot ask for too much else.

“It is something that we must continue because the other sides with us at the top of the table keep winning so we have to match them week by week. Kings Langley have not had the best of starts and will be wanting to turn things around as soon as possible and obviously we don’t want them to begin that at our place.”

Culverhouse will be without striker Leon Mettam who faces around two more weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

A presentation will be made to Ryan Fryatt prior to kick-off, courtesy of Friends Of The Linnets, to mark his recent 250th appearance for the club.

Lynn’s reserves have strengthened their squad with the signing of midfielder Harry Baldry from Wisbech. Baldry is a former Peterborough United Under-21 player and was recently on trial at Doncaster Rovers.

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