Royston Town v King’s Lynn Town preview: Table-topping Linnets are in the firing line now admits Michael Gash
Michael Gash knows exactly what King's Lynn's unbeaten start to the Southern Premier Division season means now – they are becoming the hunted.
Five wins out of six games has propelled the Linnets to the top of the table, but word soon get around.
Tonight they are off to Royston Town, aiming to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with home and away. Some clubs crumble under the pressure, but Gash – whose goal set the ball rolling as Lynn beat Stratford 4-1 on Saturday – is confident Ian Culverhouse has built a squad strong in body and mind.
'I think now you are top, as we said in the changing room, now you are the hunted and everyone wants to hunt you down,' he said.
'I think teams will start to hear about how we play, how good we are at what we do. We like to pass the ball but we can play the nasty way as well, like we have had to do against Stratford and still grind out results.
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'I don't think the boys will feel pressure – they will more feel like we want to keep this going and we are full of confidence in there, but you have just got to look at each game as it comes, focus on it, be professional and obviously everything focuses on Tuesday.'
Lynn's perfect record was spoiled by a goalless draw at home to Frome Town, while tonight's opponents have yet to win at home in three attempts. It's still early doors, but Gash knows Lynn will have no preconceptions.
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'We are expecting teams when we go away from home to be right in our faces, to make it hard for us but I think we have the quality and the professionalism and patience to go to places and just do what we have to do to get a result and with a manager like we have got, with his tactics and his knowledge of the game it helps everybody.
'We look forward to every game and now we are still unbeaten and top of the league – it is still early doors but we will go anywhere in this division with confidence.'
It's easy to look at Gash and label him a top end battering ram, but the reality is very different: on Saturday he scored with a far post header, used great balls skills to set up the fourth goal for Leon Mettam and, for good measure, sprayed some delightful passes across the width of the pitch.
'I like to think I am alright with the ball at my feet as well,' he said with a smile.