All aboard the good ship King’s Lynn Town ahead of play-off final

PUBLISHED: 15:38 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 03 May 2018

Cameron King with a classy touch. Picture: Ian Burt

Cameron King with a classy touch. Picture: Ian Burt

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It was difficult not to hear the music blasting out of the King’s Lynn Town dressing room.

Cameron Norman celebrates after scoring Lynn's opener. Picture: Ian BurtCameron Norman celebrates after scoring Lynn's opener. Picture: Ian Burt

Woah, we’re half way there, Woah, livin’ on a prayer.

Celebratory stuff after the Linnets play-off semi-final win over Weymouth but, like all the best songs, with meaning. The job is only half done. Part two is on Bank Holiday Monday when The Walks will rock again when Lynn lock horns with Slough for the right to join champions Hereford and go up to the National League set-up.

Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Weymouth was certainly worth celebrating, three superb goals putting Lynn in control by half-time before a perfectly-managed second half saw the game out in front of a crowd of more than 1,200 noisy fans who were behind their team from start to finish.

Post-match the Lynn players stayed on the pitch to receive their runners-up medals, but while everyone loves a reward for their efforts, those gongs will mean absolutely nothing should the play-off final end in defeat. That’s perhaps why Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse was quick to beat a retreat on Tuesday, declining requests for media interviews as he prepares for what will be his final game on Monday.

Alex Street at the final whistle. Picture: Ian BurtAlex Street at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt

Culverhouse’s desire to leave had been a private matter, expressed some time ago to owner Stephen Cleeve, who was keen to talk again once the season was over, but the former Norwich City player and right-hand man made it public. Would the knock-on effect be a negative one?

Not if you ask two young bucks who were among the goals on Wednesday. Former Norwich City youth team players Cameron Norman and Cameron King both fielded questions about the Culverhouse effect with aplomb: it was, they said, part and parcel of football. Managers come and go all the time. Deal with it.

What their comments did reveal was the depth of loyalty to the manager and that is a facet that should stand Lynn in good stead against Slough - but will make the appointment of Culverhouse’s successor even more difficult for Cleeve. Make no mistake, this is a huge decision, promotion or not.

Lads like Norman and King have great futures ahead of them and Lynn fans won’t want to see them going through the exit door.

Lynn fans celebrate at the final whistle. Picture: Ian BurtLynn fans celebrate at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt

As the song says: “We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got, It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.”

Or does it?

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