King’s Lynn Town boss eyes summer targets

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Ian Culverhouse is under no illusions about the size of his task at King’s Lynn Town going into tomorrow’s home clash against Dunstable.

The Linnets boss suffered his first home defeat since taking charge on Tuesday night as The Walks outfit crashed 2-1 at home to ten-man St Neots Town.

Culverhouse said: “It’s a big club and we’ve got to get it right. It’s about getting all the pieces of the jigsaw in place for the start of next season.

“There is no magic wand and it’s a case of giving youngsters a chance and trying to integrate them into the first team. We’ve got some good youngsters coming through and some of them excite me.”

Lynn’s manager revealed that he has identified a number of summer transfer targets.

“I know what we need and I’m looking at all possibilities and potential targets,” admitted Culverhouse.

“We are going to need to bring in two to three bodies from outside the football club and we’re on to that.”

Culverhouse was disappointed with the manner of Tuesday night’s defeat, which also came at a cost with the Linnets losing centre-half trio Ryan Fryatt, Tom Ward and Sam Gaughran to injury in the first half.

“We weren’t good enough,” said Culverhouse.

“The goals we conceded were poor. When you are playing ten men it’s about being patient and moving the ball around quickly, but I’m afraid we didn’t do that.

“We gave the ball away in silly areas and the quality we’ve shown on the ball was poor. That was more upsetting than anything.

“When you lose your three centre-halves it’s going to be tough. We were forced to rejig and tinker with things a little bit but we didn’t come up with the answers.”

Culverhouse refused to blame the deteriorating state of the Walks surface as an excuse for Lynn’s display.

“I need players and want players to be able to handle the ball,” he said.

“I know the surface isn’t great, but players should be able to handle the ball whatever surface you are playing on.”

Lynn’s injured trio of defenders are all likely to be sidelined for tomorrow.

Reserve team players Ryan Lennon, Tom McLeish, Eoin McQuaid, Luke Pearson, Ryan Harnwell and Chris Ward are all likely to feature for the senior squad.

Dunstable, in 16th spot, will arrive at The Walks with only one win in their last eight outings.

The Blues were yesterday rocked by the departure of player assistant-manager and leading scorer Danny Talbot who left the club to become joint manager at league rivals Chesham United.

n Former Lynn full-back Roy Proverbs, who played for the club between 1962 and 64, passed away this week.

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