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Lynn boss wary about complacency against struggling Gosport

First half action from Lynn's home fixture against Hitchin, Ryan Hawkins fires wide. Picture: Ian Burt

First half action from Lynn's home fixture against Hitchin, Ryan Hawkins fires wide. Picture: Ian Burt

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Avoiding a banana skin and completing an early league double over bottom-of-the-table Gosport Borough is the aim when King’s Lynn make the long journey to the south coast today.

The Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division leaders travel to Gosport, near Portsmouth, looking to avoid becoming the first team to lose to the Hampshire side this season.

Borough have lost 13 and drawn one of their 14 league games and were beaten 2-0 at The Walks in August thanks to goals from Michael Clunan and Craig Parker.

Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse is wary of complacency ahead of the encounter though, after his side went top with a 4-0 win at Dunstable in midweek.

“I remember from when they came to ours even though we had control for long spells they never stopped running and chased everything,” Culverhouse warned.

“They’re a young, fit side and we will have to work hard to achieve a positive result. I hear the weather may not be the best with a gale blowing so that can also be a leveller as well.”

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With Kettering’s midweek inactivity due to an FA Cup replay, the Linnets took the chance to move a point clear of second-placed Slough and three ahead of the Poppies with their comfortable win at Dunstable.

The goals were scored by midfielders Ryan Hawkins and Michael Clunan and defenders Sam Gaughran and Ryan Fryatt, with recent signings Grant Holt and Simon Lappin playing much of the second half as they chase full fitness.

Culverhouse is still without forwards Leon Mettam (hamstring) and Toby Hilliard (one-game ban) though and wants his squad to make sure they keep their foot on the accelerator.

“We always prepare the same if we are playing a title chasing team or one who’s at the wrong end of the table,” the Norwich City legend said.

“It’s always about us and our preparation not what the opponents are up too. We will have to battle to impose ourselves on them, just like we had to at Dunstable in the week, and then win the right to play our football – then hopefully the goals follow and the points are yours.”

Lynn’s reserves, second in the table, have a home Thurlow Nunn First Division fixture against sixth-placed Leiston Reserves at The Walks (3pm).

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