King's Lynn Town striker is permanent in class and in form as club make their mark in National League North
The saying "form is temporary, class is permanent," is often used to explain why some players always seem to shine when they're most required.
But when a player offers so much to a team like Michael Gash has in recent weeks - and actually has for the past two campaigns - the separation between the two are indiscernible.
Surely you can't be both permanently class and permanently in form?
Many questions were raised when King's Lynn Town signed Gash in the summer of 2017 after the big frontman had been forced out of the league game after suffering cruciate ligament damage with Barnet.
Would he make an impact after a long and tedious recovery from such a serious injury?
Twenty-six goals in two seasons might not seem anything special, but what the 33-year-old brings to the table – and the team – is a different gravy.
The Peterborough-based frontman has become the spearhead of the attack at Lynn.
He has hit the ground running this season with four goals in the opening six games, including a brace of trademark headers against Curzon Ashton on Saturday.
Gash is loving life at Lynn and also back at a higher level.
"You know that you are going to come up against better quality players at this level and you've got to think more and move more," he said.
"We've had to up our game another 10 per cent to get results in this league so far and at the moment everyone is doing that.
"When the ball comes into the box, I always feel that I've got a good chance to get on the end of it.
"If things are not going my way, I try my best to impact the game as much as I can in another way. It's about helping the team as much as you can."
Strike partner Adam Marriott was also on target twice against the Nash as the Linnets came from behind to make it five games unbeaten after Callum Saunders – son of former Liverpool and Welsh frontman Dean – had fired the visitors in front.
And Gash believes that teams will now start taking the Linnets seriously after their excellent start to the new season.
"People will start to look at us now, six games in, and know that it's not going to be easy against us, especially when they come here," he said.
"But even when we play away, we're not going to be a pushover just because we've come up. We've got a way of playing that the gaffer has instilled into us and we try to play like that all the time.
"Sometimes we are going to come up against teams, some who are full-time who are better and fitter than us, that's how it is, but we'll back ourselves against anyone.
"You have to make your home games count and so far we've done that and haven't been beaten here.
"It follows on from last season and gives us confidence, even though the quality we're playing against is much better.
"We'll keep going and just take each game as it comes."
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