King’s Lynn Town FC boss eyes up county final

Ryan Fryatt (second right) celebrates after scoring the last minute winner.
Ryan Fryatt (second right) celebrates after scoring the last minute winner.

King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse has played down the significance of making a quick return to the club where he propelled himself into the footballing limelight.

Culverhouse has fond memories of his time at Norwich City, both as a player and a coach, but that is firmly at the back of his mind as the Linnets look to book their place in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road.

On tonight’s last-four encounter against Norwich United at the Canary city’s Football Development Centre, Culverhouse said: “It’s not about me or what I achieved at Norwich City, it’s all about the players.

“It’s a great chance for them to play at a tremendous stadium at a fantastic club. It would be good for them.

“It will be a good surface but I’m expecting a very difficult game and we are under no illusions about that.”

At the weekend, the Planters, who are managed by Steve Eastaugh, defeated Thurrock 1-0.

Lynn’s manager has continued the slow rebuilding process at The Walks by releasing wideman Kurtis Revan, while defender Sam Gaughran has agreed terms that will keep him at the club for another two years.

Revan, signed in August on release from Corby Town, made 32 appearances (28 starts) for Lynn and scored three goals.

On the departure, Culverhouse said: “I’m still in the process of assessing the squad but felt it was in the best interests of Kurtis to move on.

“It gives somebody else a potential pathway into the team during the remaining weeks of the season.”

Gaughran returned for his second spell with the club, signing from Lowestoft Town, in the summer of 2015 and has enjoyed an outstanding campaign at the heart of the Lynn defence.

“Sam has been a credit to the football club since I’ve arrived,” admitted Culverhouse.

“He is a good role model and an excellent coach too. When I came here it was agreed that he would carry on with his coaching role until the end of the season, then we will sit down at talk then.”

Culverhouse remains undecided on who will assist him in the dugout next season, saying: “I’ve got plenty of contacts and people in mind but they will have to be the right fit for the group of players at this football club.”

On Saturday, goalkeeper Alex Street saw red as the Linnets came from behind to win 2-1 at Cinderford.

Culverhouse, who thought Street’s dismissal was harsh, said: “We were a little bit placid in the first half but we changed things at the break and were a lot more aggressive after the interval.

“After the sending-off, they really stuck together and that bodes well for the football club.

“I’m pleased for the players. They have a tremendous work ethic, have trained well for me and are a joy to work with.

“Our last two league results are pleasing and it gives us something to build on as we look to end the season with plenty of momentum.”

Street’s early bath led to Charlie Congreve getting his first taste of first team action.

“Charlie was a bit nervous, but he did okay and the lads in front of him protected him well,” said Culverhouse.