Linnets boss Culverhouse keeps players on their toes ahead of Kettering visit

Kings Lynn attracted a big crowd when they toppled Hereford in January and there could be a repeat

Kings Lynn attracted a big crowd when they toppled Hereford in January and there could be a repeat against Kettering. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

King's Lynn Town may be play-off bound but manager Ian Culverhouse has issued a stark reminder: they have achieved nothing. Yet.

The Linnets have elbowed their way to the front row in the battle for positions in the end-of-season shoot-out, with Hereford looking odds on to clinch the title.

Culverhouse has backed his players in everything they have done this season, but there will clearly be no let-up until something tangible has been achieved – and a win over rivals Kettering Town in a huge match at The Walks on Thursday night will go a long way towards that.

'I cannot fault them, but at present the hard truth is that we have achieved nothing and we have to continue believing in what we do and in believing in our ability,' he told the club's official web site.

'I have said all along we fear no one and that is still the case now.'

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Culverhouse is expecting a big crowd to back his team tonight.

'This is the time for the people of King's Lynn to come and get behind us,' he said. 'A few of the older faces around the club talk about the old days when there would be 1,500-2,000 screaming fans on the terraces. Let's have one of those nights and give the boys a little bit extra to spur them on.'

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With Hereford charging towards the title, Lynn (92 points), Weymouth (90), Slough (86) and Kettering 85) are contesting the play-offs with home advantage for the semis and final the prize for the league runners-up.

Kettering have three games in hand on the Linnets so there is plenty of life in this particular battle – Lynn are unbeaten in seven, the Poppies in five.

'It's a big game that everyone at the club is looking forward too,' said Culverhouse. 'It's a meeting of two sides who are in good form and on unbeaten runs so something has to give on the evening.

'We were a touch off colour at the weekend but we had a very positive session on Monday evening, chatted about a few things and we will be ready for what will be a big challenge to us.

'I have no major issues with any injuries and all of the squad should be available to me.

'I was disappointed in our defeat there on New Year's Day because I felt we did more than enough on the day to at least get a point. As I have said before, though, the league table doesn't lie and they are where they are because they have had, like us, a very good season to date.

'Like ourselves, though, they will end up where they deserve to end up and for me it's all about us and this great set of lads who have given their all for me this season. They have been magnificent on the pitch and in training – in fact, they have represented this club superbly throughout.'

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