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From Hereford to Dunstable, the end game remains the same for King’s Lynn Town

PUBLISHED: 15:25 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:25 02 February 2018

King's Lynn Town players celebrate Toby Hilliard's late winner against Hereford. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town players celebrate Toby Hilliard's late winner against Hereford. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town will be hoping to avoid “after the Lord Mayor’s show” syndrome on Saturday afternoon.

The Linnets raised the roof on Tuesday as they came from 2-0 down to beat Hereford 3-2, thanks to Toby Hilliard’s injury-time winner – a win that returned them to the top of the table.

Now the club are looking not just for a repeat of the points haul against Dunstable, but another big crowd turning out to back the promotion bid. Lynn’s average home attendance of 775 is second only to Hereford’s whopping 2,436 and Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse knows exactly what strong backing can do to his side’s chances.

Apart from the smoke bomb incident the crowd were superb on Tuesday, top drawer to be honest,” he said. “They stuck with us throughout and when we grabbed the third the noise was something else. The players were talking about it afterwards and it made a huge difference. We will be needing their support throughout the rest of the season and it would be great to see a good turnout for Dunstable – the players deserve that after their efforts in the week.”

Dunstable – beaten 4-0 by Lynn in October – are second from bottom and have lost four of their last five games – but the fifth was a 2-1 home win over third-placed Weymouth, so it’s no surprise Culverhouse isn’t being duped by their lowly position.

“Until we got a couple of goals at their place they were at us and the game was in the balance,” he said. “The goals gave us control and it ended up a good evening for us. They will most certainly not come here and roll over, that’s for sure. I’m sure they will be scrapping for everything as their need for points is as great as ours.

“As always, though, it will be about ourselves and our tempo and how we do things. We certainly do not want to be giving goals away like Tuesday because you are not always going to score three goals in a half. I know that people will look at the table and think it’s a given for a home win. We most certainly will not have that mindset and we know that all of our battles all over the pitch must be won before the points can be ours.

“The lads were on a real high after Tuesday and now we need all of that positive energy channelled in the right direction for Saturday.”

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