Will champions Hereford do King’s Lynn Town a favour in battle for home advantage?
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King's Lynn Town resume their battle for position on Saturday afternoon – and will be hoping the only team above them in the table can do them a favour.
Second position – and home advantage in the play-offs – is the prize and while the Linnets currently have occupancy rights, their fate may well be in the hands of Kettering, who are two points behind, with a game in hand.
So while Lynn play St Neots in their final home game of the regular season, there will be much interest in what is happening at Edgar Street, where Hereford face Kettering. A win for Lynn or Kettering rules fourth-placed Weymouth out of the fight for second, while Slough need to win all three of their games – and hope those above them suffer a catastrophic late loss of form.
It's tight at the top – as Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse acknowledged.
'It's quite remarkable how things have played out,' he told the club's official website. 'The top five have dropped very few points all season and the gap between them and the rest of the league is a substantial one.
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'For the supporters it's exciting with all the games being packed in late following all the postponements, but for the managers and players the scenario isn't as kind with a long, hard season and all the rigours associated with it taking its toll.
'We have managed to get some rest into the players this week, but we have also had some good sessions as well and the boys will be ready.
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'We secured four vital points from our two games last week which will prove vital I'm sure going into the last week of the season.
'Results in the week haven't been favourable but it's about us and not them that matters. Ideally we win both of our games but now that may not be enough so we will see.'
Culverhouse's plans have been hit by a spate of injuries, but he was giving nothing away ahead of the St Neots' visit.
'Let's just see where we are on Saturday,' he said. 'Some of the lads have been seeing specialists and the like and I will be giving everyone as long as possible to see how they are and, more importantly, how I feel they have responded. If we have to use some of the youngsters from the reserves then that's what I'll do.'