Ian Culverhouse pleased to see ‘hard season’ end on a high as King’s Lynn Town enjoy cup success at Carrow Road

King's Lynn Town celebrate their win at Carrow Road. Pictures: Matthew Usher Photography

King's Lynn Town celebrate their win at Carrow Road. Pictures: Matthew Usher Photography

After not having a match for a month manager Ian Culverhouse was thrilled to see his players regroup to make the most of their big night at Carrow Road.

Avoiding an upset in a 2-0 victory over Fakenham in the Norfolk Senior Cup final saw the Norwich City legend win a trophy with his new club exactly three months since taking on his first managerial job.

'I'm pleased for the players, it's been a hell of a long season and they've got a reward at the end of it so that's positive for the football club and a great reward because it's been an inconsistent season and a hard season for the players,' Culverhouse said.

'Fair play to Fakenham, they really came at us and I'd like to wish them all the best for next season because I thought they were tremendous, really gave it a go right to the end and it was a proper football match.

'There were times when we controlled it but there were times when they really pushed us back so well done to them.'

Match report: King's Lynn Town 2 Fakenham Town 0 – Linnets keep their cool to withstand spirited effort from Ghosts in Norfolk Senior Cup final

He added: 'We had a training session Thursday and still had some rust in us and you could see that in our play, the final ball sometimes was poor and a simple pass here and there was sloppy and loose.

'But we're capable of better than that and we will do. Two goals from restarts, the penalty I'm not so sure on that one and then a great header from Ryan for the second one so that was good but we've just got to be a little bit better than that.'

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Interim Fakenham boss Neil Jarvis was pleased with the spirit of his players, just a month after seeing manager Wayne Anderson asked to leave the club after signalling his intention to leave in the summer.

'You can never question their spirit, their camaraderie and their attitude, they dig in and they were fantastic, I thought they put a hell of a shift in against a better level team who play two levels above us,' Jarvis said after seeing his team push the Linnets hard in front of over 1,300 spectators.

'But we stuck to our task quite well, had a game-plan, stuck to it for long periods, I'm just disappointed with the two goals.

'Whether there was contact for the penalty, I'm not sure, but the referee gave it from between the D and the halfway line so can he be 100 per cent sure? I don't think so.'

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