Culverhouse relishes putting stamp on King’s Lynn Town next season after Chesham win

TIM SMITH
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Southern League Premier Division

King’s Lynn Town 3 Chesham United 1

Ian Culverhouse is relishing the prospect of putting his own stamp on the King’s Lynn Town squad for next season.

Three months after inheriting an under-achieving group of players, Culverhouse wants to create a club in his own image.

The Linnets completed their third double of the campaign by coming from behind to see off Chesham United at The Walks with goals from Toby Hilliard, Michael Clunan and Ryan Hawkins.

But immediately after Saturday’s final game, Culverhouse turned his thoughts to what can only be described as a pivotal summer for the club.

Culverhouse said: “I’ve enjoyed the experience of the last 11 games. There has been a lot of tinkering but now things can really settle down.

“It’s all about getting the components in the right areas, nailing down a formation and nailing down the way I want us to play.

“The rebuilding process is going to be hard and take a lot of work, but we’re ready for it.

“We’ve got to change a lot of people’s mentality about the place and really drag the club forward.

“It’s a great challenge. It’s a lovely football club and a big football club but I want to make sure that we get it right.

“It’s about sitting down with potential new players and getting a few over the line. I’m looking forward to having the whole summer to work with them and putting down a marker for next season.”

There looked little chance of Lynn ending the current on a winning note after an early Joe Devaney strike had given Chesham United a slender half-time lead.

Lynn were inept up until the break, but Hilliard, with his first goal for more than three months, began the comeback 16 minutes after the interval.

Michael Clunan fired The Walks’ outfit in front from the penalty spot ten minutes later before Hawkins completed the turnaround by breaking his duck for the club with a delightful free-kick.

“The first half we were lacking energy and a bit of passion,” admitted Culverhouse.

“In the second half, fair play to them, they stepped it up and the energy we showed was a different class.

“We didn’t show that much quality, it was about putting the ball in the right areas and squeezing behind it. The goals came at the right times today.

“I was pleased for Ryan as he’d had an horrendous injury and it will take him a while to come back playing how he was.

“He showed the little bit of quality that he can deliver with his goal.”

Lynn: Street, Zielonka, Warburton, Cartwright, T. Ward (C. Ward 48), Marshall, Clunan, Everington (Lennon 46), Hilliard, Harnwell (McQuaid 46), Hawkins. Sub not used: Pearson.

Scorers: Hilliard 61, Clunan pen 70, Hawkins 76

Chesham: Hayward, Longden, Hyde, Hamilton-Forbes, Ujah, Martin, Pearce, Youngs, Blake, Talbot (Murray 83), Devaney. Sub not used: Tajs.

Booked: Youngs, Blake.

Scorer: Devaney 9.

Attendance: 554.

Referee: Mr D.Hanna (Peterborough).