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King's Lynn Town midfielder has 'a lot of good weapons', says manager




King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse is backing Sam Kelly to shine even more after seeing his side stretch their unbeaten league and cup run to eight games at the weekend.

Adam Marriott was again on target as the Linnets defeated Gateshead 1-0 to remain top of the National League North table on Saturday - and Kelly played an instrumental role in the only goal of the game.

The attacking midfielder is slowly becoming the assist king after having a hand in nine of Lynn’s goals this season.

Linnets mdfielder Sam Kelly who changed the complexion of Saturday's match after coming on as a substitute in the second half against Gateshead. Picture: Tim Smith.(23126746)
Linnets mdfielder Sam Kelly who changed the complexion of Saturday's match after coming on as a substitute in the second half against Gateshead. Picture: Tim Smith.(23126746)

But it hasn’t been all plain-sailing for the 26-year-old since his summer switch to The Walks.

The Huntingdon-based playmaker has struggled to break into Ian Culverhouse’s first team on a regular basis and the Lynn chief admitted: “I have spoken to him about it.

“We have had him in the office and said ‘look, come on, we need more from you and the quality you have
got’.

“He has found it hard to get in and stay in and it is hard because of the rotation side of things.

“Once he gets a run in the team, and I think it’s now three or four games where he has come in and done really well, then you will see the real Sam and he will grow and grow as the season goes on.

“But it is all new to him, the way we play, but he has got a lot of good weapons.”

The Linnets were very much the surprise package of the league at the start of the season, taking 23 points from their opening 10 games.

And should they overcome Blyth Spartans at The Walks on Saturday, then Culverhouse’s troops will be just two points shy of their initial tally from their next 10 fixtures.

Lynn, tipped by many for relegation at the start of the campaign, are well on course for reaching a half-century of points heading into the new year.

They remain two points at the National League North summit, but can be overtaken should York win their game in hand at Hereford tonight.

The Linnets have confirmed that should that their First Round FA Trophy match against Dover Athletic finish as a draw at The Walks on December 14, then the tie will played to a finish with extra-time and penalties.


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