Hereford 0 King's Lynn Town 2: Culverhouse house delivers tactical masterclass to down leaders
PUBLISHED: 13:03 11 March 2018
A tactical masterclass from manager Ian Culverhouse was delivered superbly by his King's Lynn side as the Linnets completed a league double over champions elect Hereford at Edgar Street.
Second half strikes from Ryan Fryatt and Toby Hilliard gave Lynn all three points as Culverhouse’s men cut the Bulls’ lead at the top down to seven points.
Town worked hard all over the pitch but it was the core of the team that stood up to the Bulls mix of physicality and skill and ultimately that resilience was the difference between these two heavyweight sides.
Alex Street dealt comfortably with almost everything that was thrown at him. Fryatt and his defensive partner Tom Ward mastered a tricky home front line, ensuring that this was only the sixth time this season that the Bulls had failed to score in all competitions.
The often unsung Ryan Jarvis was immense. Shielding his defence with experience and when in possession of the ball using it to give his side breathing space and prompting a counter attack when the opportunity arose. And finally Michael Gash. The experienced striker was at times Lynn’s only outlet but the guile and know-how of ex-Football League man proved invaluable in this memorable victory.
Overseeing everything on the touchline was Culverhouse. Directing, encouraging a game plan that saw his team maybe ride their luck at times but score their goals at the vital time and then manage the game brilliantly so much so that towards the end Hereford were reduced to long range efforts which resulted in some of the home support heading for the exits long before the final whistle.
Keyon Reffell rattled the Linnets bar midway through the first half and Street then blocked out the same player with the goal gaping.
Town though had hit the post through Gash earlier in a half where the home team had enjoyed the better of the action. Billy Murphy struck the bar for the hosts for a second time early in the second spell but from then on the visitors took control.
The Linnets won a corner on the right which was swung into the box by Michael Clunan to Gash who helped the ball onto Fryatt who powerfully headed home under the bar.
Hilliard added a second just four minutes later as he collected a long centre before drilling a low shot which beat Martin Horsell at his near post to double the advantage.
On the final whistle Clunan led his players to salute the boisterous travelling support, who responded accordingly towards their team.
This win may make no difference towards the destination of the league title but it sent out a clear message to the Linnets promotion rivals as fifth-placed Slough Town head to The Walks tomorrow evening as this enthralling season continues.
Hereford FC: Horsell, Oates, Bowen (Bird), Murphy, Deaman, O’Shea, Reffell, Richards (Smith), Myrie–Williams (Mills), Haysham, Symons. Unused Subs: Liburd, Puddy.
Bookings: Bowen, Murphy, O’ Shea, Richards, Haysham.
King’s Lynn Town: Street, Norman, Blake–Tracy, Fryatt, Ward, Jarvis, Clunan, Hilliard, Gash, Hawkins (Parker), Lappin. Unused Subs: Frary, McQuaid, Pearson (GK).
Goals: Fryatt 59, Hilliard 63.
Bookings: Norman, Hilliard, Hawkins.
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Attendance: 3,423 (76 travelling fans)