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King's Lynn Town hoping to retain that winning feeling at home to Banbury

PUBLISHED: 20:41 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 20:41 16 February 2018

King's Lynn Town striker Leon Mettam is back in contention after recovering from a hip injury. Picture Matthew Usher.

King's Lynn Town striker Leon Mettam is back in contention after recovering from a hip injury. Picture Matthew Usher.

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King's Lynn Town return to action on Saturday with manager Ian Culverhouse contemplating the positives and negatives of their mini winter break.

King's Lynn's Cameron King could be out for six weeks. Picture: Ian BurtKing's Lynn's Cameron King could be out for six weeks. Picture: Ian Burt

While all around them were in action a week ago, Lynn were without a game. The break did little direct damage: the Linnets remain top of the table – the only automatic promotion spot – but the gap is now down to a single point, with Hereford breathing down their necks with the advantage of three games in hand.

While weary Lynn limbs were being rested, some of the momentum built from a run of four consecutive wins, with 19 goals scored and just three conceded, may have been lost.

“A break is always good as it gives us chance to get some rest into some tired legs,” Culverhouse told the club’s official website.

“We had a few lads carrying knocks so the rest has certainly freshened the boys up.

“It’s a shame that the break came when it did as I thought we was playing some very good stuff. The lads have been training hard and the energy levels and team spirit is high as we enter the business end of the season.

“Banbury is going to be a tough game, We played well at their place (a 2-1 win), scored a couple of early goals and dictated most of the game.

“Fingers crossed we can perform like that again in front of our fans.”

While Lynn can mix it with the best, as the 3-2 home win over Hereford proved, they are also flat track bullies: their last two wins have been 5-0 and 7-1 against Dunstable and Gosport, the bottom sides in the table, respectively. It’s helped their goal difference enormously – they are now just two worse off than Hereford – a factor which could be crucial come season end.

Striker Leon Mettam is available after returning to training this week after a niggling hip injury. Defender Tom Ward is currently undergoing intense physiotherapy on his shoulder and aims to be back in time for the trip to Tiverton next week.

However, recent signing Cameron King, who suffered an ankle injury against Hereford, faces up to six weeks out.

In other big matches at the top, Hereford are at Dunstable, Kettering host Bishops Stortford and Weymouth are at home to Royston.

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