Ian Culverhouse knows just what to expect as King’s Lynn Town chase glory in the FA Cup
Ian Culverhouse has been around long enough to know the dangers of one-off cup matches – and will make sure his King's Lynn Town players are aware of the pitfalls.
The Linnets host Coleshill Town this afternoon – a clash of two teams who will be delighted at the way they have started their league campaigns. While unbeaten Lynn have won four of five in the Southern Premier, their first qualifying round visitors have won all five to sit top of the Midland League Premier Division.
Culverhouse is a veteran of numerous cup campaigns over the years – he was part of the Norwich City side which beat Bayern Munich on their own turf in the 1993-94 Uefa Cup campaign, and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup with the Canaries in 1989 and 1992. Banana skins are not his cup of tea.
'It's always nice to do well in the FA Cup, especially as we have a home tie,' said the Lynn boss. 'Coleshill will come here with nothing to lose, a free hit as such. I've had them watched and they look a tidy side.
'But the players will go out and give it everything like they have done since day one and I have every faith that we will get a result – but we all know just what cup football can produce,
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'The supporters have been superb and I'm encouraging them to turn out and get behind the boys.'
Culverhouse does have a few fitness doubts ahead of this afternoon's game – striker Leon Mettam has a back problem, centre-half Sam Gaughran an ankle injury and Michael Gash is still recovering from a knee problem. All three missed the Bank Holiday victory at St Ives while Ryan Fryatt was withdrawn with an ankle injury.
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The loss of Mettam and Gash is particularly frustrating for Culverhouse.
'Gash's is just a little niggle and with his past history with injuries I just don't want to rush him back,' he said. 'I felt sorry for him because he got the injury at the wrong time - him and Mettam at Bishops Stortford were excellent, they really were. They could be a really good force in this league.'
Lynn's two home league games have attracted big crowds, of 827 and 948 and another good crowd is expected today – the club have asked all supporters to make sure they arrive at the ground in plenty of time to avoid queues.