King’s Lynn close gap on Hereford, but Ian Culverhouse is backing Bulls for the title

Toby Hilliard was on target as King's Lynn Town beat Farnborough. Picture: Ian Burt

Toby Hilliard was on target as King's Lynn Town beat Farnborough. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Ian Culverhouse still believes Hereford are in the driving seat for automatic promotion despite falling to another defeat.

After watching his own charges grind down a plucky Farnborough to move to within a point of top spot, the Linnets boss was unmoved as to the destination of the Southern Premier title.

'They are in a lovely position aren't they?' said Culverhouse. 'They have lost a couple of games in a week but still sit clear and still have two games up their sleeve on us. I have said all along that it's my opinion they are the best team in this league and nothing that has happened over the last week has or will change my mind.

'They are top of the pile for a reason and one of those reasons is their consistency prior to the last week. They have been winning game after game and it's created the buffer there has been between them and the rest of the league.

'They have had a little dip, but I expect them to bounce back, and quickly. We had to be patient today against a well-organised team who could play a little bit as well. We began well and got the goal, conceded from our point of view a poor goal, which gave them belief which meant we had to roll our sleeves up and graft hard to win. It was another three points but nothing more than that.'

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Lynn took the lead shortly before the quarter-hour mark via a Toby Hilliard headed effort after Tom Ward's looping shot had been deflected onto his bar by keeper Aaron Bufton following a Michael Clunan corner. Michael Fernandes levelled when he pounced on Alex Street's mistake following a quick moving Frazer Blake-Tracy back pass minutes before the break.

Lynn regained the lead midway through the second spell as Michael Gash rifled home from 18 yards after Cameron Norman's low centre was only pushed away by Bufton. The game was put beyond any doubt shortly before the final whistle when substitute Tom Siddons produced a composed finish from close range following a Clunan free-kick , giving the big front man his first goal since his return from a month's loan at Spalding United.

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King's Lynn Town: Street, Norman, Blake-Tracy (Frary 92), Fryatt, Ward, Jarvis, Clunan, Hilliard, Gash, Parker (Hawkins 63), Lappin (Siddons 72). Subs not used: King, Pearson. Goals: Hilliard 13, Gash 68, Siddons 82.

Farnborough: Bufton, King (Cunningham 54), Jones, Fearn (Campbell 81), Bailey, Oseni, Fernandes, Barton, Callcutt, Sealey–Harris, Deacon (Hangar 46). Sub not used: Omarone. Goal: Fernandes 36

Referee: R Head (Norwich). Att: 490.

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