King's Lynn Town know the score as they bid to stay ahead of play-off pack
PUBLISHED: 13:54 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 27 April 2018
King's Lynn Town end their regular season on Saturday knowing that the most simple of scenarios is in their own hands - and anything else starts to get complicated.
If Lynn win at Chesham they are guaranteed the coveted second place and home advantage in the play-offs – anything else and they could find themselves up against Kettering, Slough or Weymouth, the venue to be decided on how each of those clubs fare.
Lynn head to Chesham with manager Ian Culverhouse having already revealed he is off to pastures new next season, but the former Canaries player and assistant manager is talking only of the here and now.
“We now have the situation back in our hands and it’s up to us now to grab the bull by the horns and take advantage of that,” said Culverhouse.
“The focus of the players, and myself for that matter, remains solely on the job in hand and ourselves. It’s now not about anyone else or other matters it’s about gaining a vital win for this football club.
“We are prepared, we are ready and Saturday cannot come quickly enough.”
Chesham are the only team to have won at The Walks this season and are eighth in the table, so it’s a difficult trip.
Slough, a point behind, are at home to Royston, who are sixth, but were thumped 4-0 at home by Slough on Tuesday. Kettering’s 3-2 home defeat by Tiverton the same evening eased the pressure on Lynn – the Poppies and Weymouth, both three points behind the Linnets, are at home to Farnborough (19th) and Hitchin (11th) respectively.
Lynn chairman Stephen Cleeve has already advertised for Culverhouse’s successor, but for now wants a united front.
“I think everyone needs to pull together,” he said. “From Ian’s perspective if he doesn’t go up it probably won’t be very good on his CV; if he does go up he’s got something, so from his point of view he needs to do it.
“From the players’ point of view, they want to get out of this league.
“It’s 97 points and that’s only enough to finish fifth as it stands, so we’ve got to hope that we can win away at Chesham on Saturday and then put it behind us and see what we can do.”