Former Cambridge United midfielder Liam Hurst loved raising the roof during King’s Lynn Town win
Midfielder Liam Hurst already feels at home in the colours of King's Lynn Town as he adapts to life as a semi-professional footballer.
The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Cambridge United but saw his dreams of playing full-time crushed when the U's released him this summer. It didn't take long for Hurst to find a new club – or job – as he signed for the Linnets and began working as a roofer with his father. And the midfielder admits that juggling work and the beautiful game is fast becoming a labour of love.
Hurst, who played nine matches for Town on loan during the 2013/14 campaign, said: 'It's been a big transition for me. I've just started working and it's going well.
'I enjoyed my time on loan here so it was a no-brainer for me when I was released. When you're in the pro mindset it's every day you're grinding it out. Now I go to work and the football is something you look forward to – coming and seeing the boys.
'Setch (boss Gary Setchell) rang me when I got released. I spoke to him, and everything sounded as it should so I put pen to paper. I noticed as soon as we had the first training session there was quite a few of us that clicked. Once you're all on the same wavelength you bring everyone else in with you.'
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A 2-0 opening-day defeat at Merthyr Town was a frustrating start to the Southern League Premier Division campaign. But a deserved 1-0 victory – achieved thanks to Hurst's first competitive Lynn goal – over Cambridge City at The Walks on Tuesday evening has lifted spirits ahead of today's visit of Bideford.
'It was a brilliant feeling. After the disappointment of Saturday and then coming here and putting it right, it's a feeling I just can't describe to you,' said the right-sided operator.
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'The fans were brilliant and the noise when we scored was unbelievable. I didn't think there'd be that many here. The lads were ecstatic. It was like a weight was lifted off our shoulders because you want to win the first game and get off to a flier, but unfortunately that didn't happen.'
That single-goal triumph was Lynn's first competitive home win since New Year's Day. They'll be looking to build on that against a Robins outfit who arrive having picked up one point out of a possible six so far.
Setchell said: 'Last season's done for me. I closed that book when I made these signings. Relief, that we've got off the mark. Relief, that we've turned in a decent performance. And it was unbelievable that there was nearly 650 (fans) here.'