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King's Lynn striker set for emotional return as Peterborough Sports visit in FA Cup

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Michael Gash has given an emotional interview ahead of his return to The Walks on Saturday.

The frontman will face King's Lynn Town for the first time since leaving for pastures new with Peterborough Sports in the summer.

Saturday's clash also sees defender Ryan Fryatt, who played 350 games in a blue and gold shirt, back on his old stamping ground.

Michael Gash soaks up the applause after scoring Lynn's first goal. (47722495)
Michael Gash soaks up the applause after scoring Lynn's first goal. (47722495)

Gash was with Lynn for four years, helping the club to back-to-back promotions into the National League by scoring 40 goals in 139 appearances.

The 35-year-old left Lynn at the end of last season after being unable to commit himself to full-time football in the National League.

Speaking to Lynn's YouTube Channel, Gash said: "It was a fantastic draw for me personally and for the club as well.

"To play a team two levels above is going to be a challenge but personally I was happy with the draw.

"We've drawn King's Lynn, so it's going to be a tough game but we're looking forward to it but our main aim is to try to get to the First Round Proper.

"I'm looking forward to it and with the game being in the FA Cup as well it makes it that bit more extra special and there's a bit of history riding on it with Peterborough Sports too.

"Hopefully I'll can get a good reception, I had a great four years there and very successful in the time that I was there and I had a great relationship with the fans.

"When I go back it might be a nice reception for me, but there's only one thing on my mind and that's to win for Peterborough Sports."

Gash is probably best remembered for his dramatic extra-time winner against Warrington in the Super Play-off back in 2019.

Looking ahead to the tie, which has already caught the imagination of supporters, the legendary striker has vowed not to celebrate should he find the back of the net against the Linnets.

"I can't see myself going mad or celebrating against a club that I have so much love and respect for, especially the fans there," he said.

"I wouldn't do anything that would maybe stall that relationship between us.

"Would I be happy to score? Yeah of course, nothing more, because that means I'm doing my job and helping my team get the right result, but running off and celebrating is not something on my mind."

Gash is looking to renewing acquaintances with some familiar faces.

"I still talk to Mike (Clunan) and he does my books for me as well. I'm looking forward to playing against him, as I had a great relationship with him.

"He was fantastic to me and always has been and you've still got others who I got on well with like Ross Barrows, Dents (Tyler Denton) is there and Macca (Kyle Callan-McFadden) so if I do play I'll probably come up against him."

Talking about his relationship with the Lynn supporters, Gash added: "I'm looking forward to going back. Everyone knows that I have a great connection with the fans, they were fantastic to me and that was proven to me on the final game of last season

"This is about going back and kind of give them an applaud really for everything they did for me over the four years I was there.

"How they made me feel welcome, how they supported me and comments week-after-week, it was very pride filling.

"You have to keep your feet on the ground and sometimes not listen when they say you're the best in the world, it's not quite like that but it's still very nice to hear.

"I haven't heard many bad comments from King's Lynn fans, so that's fantastic and I'm looking forward to seeing them all."

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