You can win things with kids - King’s Lynn Town boss will give youth a chance against Basingstoke

A thumbs up from manager Ian  Culverhouse
A thumbs up from manager Ian Culverhouse
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King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse will continue to give youth an opportunity as he runs the rule over his squad in the final weeks of the campaign.

The Linnets host Basingstoke Town in the Southern League tomorrow looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games under their new manager’s guidance.

Alex Street celebrates after saving  a penalty in the shoot out.

Alex Street celebrates after saving a penalty in the shoot out.

Culverhouse said: “There will be one or two reserve lads involved. It’s about looking at everyone as much as we can.

“I want to give the kids a fair chance to build a squad and be part of the squad for next season.

“We are trying to find a set pattern of how we want to play and the right formation. I changed things a couple of times again tonight.

“It’s about tinkering with little bits here and there to find out what suits us and what suits the players.”

With regular shotstopper Alex Street serving a one-match suspension between the posts, reserve goalkeepers Luke Pearson and Charlie Congreve are both in contention to start against the Dragons.

Ryan Lennon was the latest youngster to get a taste of first team action in midweek, coming on for the final 15 minutes as a substitute during the Norfolk Senior Cup victory over Norwich United at the Football Development Centre.

The Linnets reached the final of the competition for the first time since May 2011 thanks to a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

They will now play Fakenham Town in the Carrow Road showpiece on Monday, May 22, in a repeat of the 1994 final which saw the Ghosts win 4-0.

On Lynn’s victory, Culverhouse said: “The 90 minutes was pleasing but I was disappointed that we conceded from a free start and our organisation has got to be better there.

“They looked stronger than us in extra-time but we stood firm and were solid. Our pressing was good early on and we played with high intensity.

“We said at the start before we came here about having a reward for all the hard work, it would just be a shame for the season to peter out.

“But now they’re going to have their reward at a fantastic stadium, on a fantastic pitch and hopefully perform, so that’s something to look forward to.”

Culverhouse praised the performance of Eoin McQuaid, saying: “I thought Eoin was excellent on Tuesday and he did himself the power of good.

“Ryan (Lennon) also did well and he’s a player who will get another chance in the first team before the end of the season.”

The Linnets boss admitted that his side’s passage to the final had been made very difficult by the lower-level Planters.

“When it gets to penalties it’s a lottery and it’s shame that one team had to lose,” he added. “Full credit to Norwich United, I thought they were tremendous.

“They pegged us back, made our keeper make some very good saves and gave us a proper game and I’d like to wish them all the best for the rest of the season and I hope they achieve what they hope to achieve.”