King’s Lynn Town 1 Frome Town 1: Youngster Harnwell makes his mark for Linnets

Ian Culverhouse was impressied with his young King's Lynn side. Picture: Matthew Usher

Ian Culverhouse was impressied with his young King's Lynn side. Picture: Matthew Usher

Striker Ryan Harnwell hopes his first senior goal can help win him a place in Ian Culverhouse's plans for next season.

Harnwell struck the opener eight minutes before the interval to put the Linnets ahead before Jake Jackson equalised for Frome Town nine minutes from time.

It was a game Lynn should have won, with the heroics of visiting goalkeeper Karl Crabtree and the woodwork keeping them at bay.

Harnwell, recently elevated to the senior squad from Lynn's reserve side, said: 'It was a massive moment for myself scoring my first goal and hopefully there will be more moving forward.

'My aim is to be in the squad for next season as I wouldn't be here if not. It's a big step up but I haven't found it too bad really.

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'Setch (Gary Setchell) didn't really give the youngsters an opportunity to move forward and be part of the first team, whereas Ian has.

'Ian is looking at bigger things in the summer by bringing the right players in, but I've been trying to impress the last five games and I hope I've done enough.'

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Culverhouse was full of praise for both Harnwell and fellow youngster Kieren Shipp, 18, who had a magnificent match at right-back.

'I thought Ryan was superb today, he really did show his strength to score a good goal,' said Culverhouse.

'Shippy was also outstanding. He has got a good head on him, he listens and wants to learn.

'I've always said as long as they perform then the platform is always here for them.

'The young kids have never let this club down.

'There's chances for them to be involved with the squad next season and Kieren and Ryan today did themselves the world of good.'

Today, the Linnets travel for their penultimate game of the season at St Ives (3pm), who stand two places and four points behind them in 17th position. Their final league game, at home to Chesham is on Saturday.

Lynn: Street, Shipp, C Ward, Gaughran, Cartwright, Marshall (Zielonka 55), Clunan, Everington, Harnwell (Hilliard 69), Hawkins (T Ward 85), Warburton, Sub not used: Pearson.

Attendance: 505.

Referee: Mr P. Burnham (Wymondham).

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